Book Review: U.S. Spies Triumph in Tragedy against Hitler

by Daniel Hoffman

Wartime has been a force multiplier for espionage ever since the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington was the founding father of the art of intelligence. In World War II, the Office of...

Locked Doors, Open Windows: Failures in Guarding Private Sector Information

by Deborah Lee James

Not a day goes by that Americans don’t wake to the news of a new cyber intrusion affecting private sector or government networks, whether major cyber hacks at Target or Equifax, sloppy data...

American Democracy’s “Third World” Mutation

by Steven L. Hall

During my career as an operations officer in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, I was fortunate to have served in a number of out-of-the-way places. Where I lived and worked—the Balkans, Latin...

Trump's Trigger Finger: Nuke Review Ditches Obama Pledges

by Walter Pincus

The Trump administration may open the New Year with a bang – a nuclear bang – with the impending release of its Nuclear Posture Review. One of President Donald Trump’s first executive orders,...

When a Spy Falls – Caring for CIA’s Memorial Star Children

by CIA Officers Memorial Foundation

After the attacks of 9/11, the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan was CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann. He was attacked by Taliban fighters who supposedly had surrendered. The...

TAPS Offers Solace for Survivors as Military Suicides Surge

by TAPS

Nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks, the American public has seen large numbers of troops returning from conflict areas, so it’s tempting for citizens to think to themselves, “The wars are...

For Those Who Gave All: Special Operations Warrior Foundation

by SOWF

This Christmas season was unlike any previous holiday for many military families. U.S. Special Operations Command lost 47 troops in the line of duty, out of its ranks of 70,000 men and women. The...

GallantFew: Vets Guiding Vets

by GallantFew

GallantFew’s mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a...

National Military Family Association: Taking Care of the Homefront

by Jeanine Hayden

As I scramble around doing last-minute shopping and other preparations for the Christmas holidays, I occasionally stop to count my blessings. One of those is that, during the nearly half century...

Holidays Spent in the Field: A Letter to CIA Officers

by Karl Wagner

Emotions run higher on a holiday, no matter one’s faith or tradition. The highs are higher and the lows lower, especially the gut punch of remembering those no longer with us. And when you’re...