The Complexity of Peacekeeping Operations

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front In December 2018, the U.S. announced it would look to end its support for‘unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions.’ The U.S. funds...

Syria, ISIS and the Long War

by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt

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The Transnational Network That Nobody is Talking About

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front There are possible links between the recent New Zealand mosque shooter and a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist white supremacist paramilitary organization called the Azov...

Avoiding the Next Camp Bucca

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On March 19, the coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State announced it was finally in control of Baghouz, IS’ last openly held territory in Syria. With tens of...

Seeking the Right Tech to Ensure National Security

by Michael Brown

The Department of Defense launched an experiment in 2015 aimed at making it easier for the government to benefit from commercial technology.  It was called the ‘Defense Innovation Unit...

How Emerging AI Technologies Can Help Us Think 'Smarter'

by Brian Raymond

Every morning, analysts, operators, and policymakers arrive at their desks to read the latest news and intelligence reporting that has come in during the past day. The daily rhythm of “reading the...

The Growing Influence of Iranian-Backed Militias in Iraq

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front Iran can exercise ‘hard power’ in Iraq through several major Shi’a militias that it has nurtured. Iran’s militia allies are emerging as significant political...

The Trump Administration’s Budget Misses the Mark

by Intel Brief

  Bottom Line Up Front On March 11, the Trump administration submitted a $4.7 trillion-dollar budget proposal that details its spending priorities. The administration’s proposed budget...

Seeking the Security Flaws in Booming Technologies

by Dr. Stacey Dixon

Dr. Stacey Dixon took over as Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)  in September of last year.  Her specific task is to advance innovative research programs that...

Christchurch Attacks Could Impact Counterterrorism Strategy

by Nick Fishwick

At least 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded in Friday’s Christchurch attacks.  New Zealand authorities worked through the weekend to identify the victims as quickly as possible in order...