"Snowden" Wrongly Portrays the NSA as an Outsized Bogeyman

by General Michael Hayden

Edward Snowden is back in the news.  Oliver Stone’s sympathetic and conspiracy-heavy biopic landed in theaters this month.  Meanwhile, a raft of Snowdenistas are leveraging the movie to...

"Snowden" Snow Job

by Mark Kelton

The Cipher Brief asked our network member Mark Kelton, the former CIA Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service for Counterintelligence, for his impressions of the new movie...

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor: A Coming of Age Thriller Without the Geopolitical Intrigue

by Michael Sulick

Duty and Honor is the latest in the multi-volume series by Tom Clancy and his successors featuring Jack Ryan and his son Jack, Jr., who works in the “Campus,” a covert counterterrorism unit...

Daniel Silva's The Black Widow: Eerily Reminiscent

by Michael Sulick

Daniel Silva’s The Black Widow is the most relevant to contemporary events and most chillingly prescient of all his celebrated novels. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and spy hero of Silva’s...

Mr Robot: The Hottest Show on TV

by Henry Hanks

Earlier this year, Mr. Robot shocked many observers by winning the “Best Television Series – Drama” award at the Golden Globes. The show had earned raves from critics and a small but devoted...

Bourne is Back

by Bennett Seftel

Drawing heavily from the fallout of the Edward Snowden affair and packed with non-stop action, Matt Damon returns as an older and grimmer version of the protagonist in the thrilling new film Jason...

Rethinking Geography in a Globalized World

by Parag Khanna

In his new book Connectography, Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National Singapore University, Parag Khanna, maps out the layers of infrastructure that connects...

Risking All in the Defense of Liberty

by Jeanine Hayden

Thinking about the Fourth of July, Independence Day, always takes me back to my school days when I studied the Revolutionary war and learned about the kind of men and women that it took to win our...

Futurist Marc Goodman on National Security Solutions for “Future Crimes”

by Mackenzie Weinger

Is it time to take a page out of the terrorist handbook when it comes to cybersecurity? Absolutely, cybercrime expert and futurist Marc Goodman says — and the government, military, and intelligence...

Review: Eye in the Sky

by Luke Penn-Hall

A group of terrorists leave their car to enter the home where they will plan their next attack, observed only by a hummingbird perched on a nearby telephone pole. As the scene pans to the front of...