Sue Gordon's Rock and a Hard Place

by Suzanne Kelly

One of the country’s leading Intelligence professionals made her way quietly to the White House late Thursday afternoon to deliver her letter of resignation to the Oval office. The message, on a...

Talking with Bill Evanina About Threats, Spies and Social Media

by Bill Evanina

Bill Evanina is the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) – a part of the U.S. Intelligence Community that leads and supports the government’s...

Who is CIA's New Number 2?

by Suzanne Kelly

Not surprisingly, Vaughn Bishop managed to maintain a low public profile during his 30-year Agency career…here’s what we know about him and what his appointment means to the senior...

The Government Strikes Back

by Suzanne Kelly

In the four days since the Trump-Putin summit, we’ve seen a parade of justified emotion as Republicans joined the chorus of critics speaking out against the President’s performance at the...

Best Of: Gina Haspel, Unfiltered

by Suzanne Kelly

On Thursday, May 17, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gina Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, despite concerns over her role in CIA enhanced interrogation programs and the...

Pay Attention to Probing, Persistent Attacks Against Critical Infrastructure

by Suzanne Kelly

During times when the country expresses passionate opinions over the politics of the day, I wonder what U.S. adversaries focus on. One thing always in the back of my mind, as a former intelligence...

The White House Asks: Do We Stay in Afghanistan?

by Anthony Cordesman

This is Cipher Brief Level I Member Only content. It can be accessed via login or by signing up to become a Cipher Brief Member.  Joining this high-level, security-focused community is only...

A Candid Conversation with The White House’s Man on Cyber

by Suzanne Kelly

The White House’s National Security team is expected to issue a report early this week outlining U.S. options for deterring adversaries in cyber space.  The report, called for as part of President...

The Great Expectations for Susan M. Gordon

by Suzanne Kelly

As Susan M. Gordon sits before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing to be the next Principal Deputy Director to the Director of National Intelligence, it’s difficult to...

Today’s Terror Threat Poses Array of New Challenges

by Suzanne Kelly

When a suicide bomber in Manchester, England detonated a backpack full of explosives in May, killing 22 people at a concert venue, the National Counterterrorism Center took more than a passing...