Mueller's Indictments: Working Up to the "Head of the Snake"

by Frank Montoya Jr.

There’s been a lot of chatter in the public forum since Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced his indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for violations of U.S. law in...

Staying Competitive in a Crowded Open Source World

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Technological advancements in the past 30 years have in many ways democratized access to information and disrupted countless industries – from journalism to national security. Increasingly,...

Seoul and Washington: Far from United on North Korea

by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

The signs emerging from Washington confirm that the military option is still very much on the table. There is now a breathing space while the Winter Olympics play out at Pyeongchang in South Korea...

Don't Let China Start Calling the Shots in Pakistan

by Tim Willasey-Wilsey

The vast size of the proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has players on all sides struggling to calculate the pros and cons for their own interests. From the benefit of creating new...

The 'Indo-Pacific': Redrawing the Map to Counter China

by RADM (Ret.) Paul Becker

President Donald Trump, national security advisor H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have begun using the term “Indo-Pacific” in recent months to refer to the region that extends...

The Master of Chaos vs. the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

by John Nixon

The two-month mark is fast approaching when Congress could reimpose sanctions on Iran, possibly giving leaders in Tehran the right to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,...

A Call for an End to Harassment in National Security Workplaces

by Carmen Landa Middleton

Alongside news about North Korean missile tests, Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and “Rexit” (Is Rex Tillerson in or out at the State Department?), we are witnessing almost daily reporting of...

Open Source Information: Info Ops' Untapped Weapon

by Carmen Landa Middleton

There has been growing discussion about the importance of open source information – both in terms of the power and potential of creating and disseminating news and narratives worldwide, whether...

How Putin’s Attempts at Deception Failed in Ukraine

by Major General Volodymyr Havrylov

Concealment, imitation and disinformation – tactics known as maskirovka – were part of a Soviet doctrine used by their military and intelligence services – namely the KGB and GRU. The...

9/11 Commission Director: No Evidence that CIA Sought to Recruit Hijackers

by Philip Zelikow

In our continuing drive to spur healthy debate in the national security space, The Cipher Brief is sharing this op-ed from Philip Zelikow, the Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission,...