Expect ‘Ferocious’ North Korea Response If U.S. Strikes

by Joseph DeTrani

The Trump Administration continues to pound away at North Korea, insisting military options are on the table, but so far the threats have not stopped Pyongyang from pursuing tests of its nuclear...

Austerity Cloud Hovers Over Pentagon Wish List for Guerillas and Climate

by Walter Pincus

The Senate-passed, fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill carries two little-publicized amendments that will impact future war-fighting capabilities. But the measure fails to deal with the darkest...

Intel Agency Teaches Machines to Read Maps of the Future

by Duncan Scot Currie

Geospatial intelligence, or the collection and analysis of the physical features of the Earth, has long been an integral aspect of both strategic national security efforts as well as tactical combat....

Terrorists Learn Tactics by Watching Each Other

by Mitch Silber

Earlier today, an improvised explosive device was detonated on the London underground railway, known as the Tube, injuring more than 20 people in what British authorities have deemed a terrorist...

An Open Letter to the Incoming DIA Director

by Doug Wise and Matt Gunning

Next month, Lieutenant General Robert Ashley will take over as the 21st director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  The career Army military intelligence officer currently serves as the senior...

Cyber Warriors and Cyber Spies Struggle to Strike Balance

by Ned Carmody

On May 2, 2011 the agonizing, decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden finally ended. The raid by U.S. Navy seals on the walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was the culmination of years of...

Defusing Leakers Means Knowing What Makes Them Tick

by Bill Evanina

Tackling insider threat — everything from leaking classified information to potential workplace violence — is a key part of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center’s mandate....

Capitol Hill Budget Brawls Stretch Navy Resources Thin

by Walter Pincus

“If we do a continuing resolution, we are not only not rebuilding our military, we are harming our military,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told his Senate colleagues last Thursday. Ignoring the...

Afghanistan: The Kentucky Derby of Spying

by Kevin Hulbert

An old boss of mine at the CIA used to talk to young officers who were deploying to Afghanistan or Pakistan, and in his preamble to discussing the myriad of challenges and interests in the region, he...

Path Not Preordained: A Profile of China’s Xi Jinping

by Kenneth Dekleva

In 2000, Xi Jinping, the then relatively unknown (outside of China) Governor of Fujian, gave a rare interview to a Chinese newspaper. In this interview, Xi spoke of his philosophy of good governance,...