On Defense: Carter and the Candidates

by Walter Pincus

Two vastly different conversations about U.S. defense policies took place last week. One conversation centered around Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statements during multiple appearances on the...

Four Years with Kim Jong-Un

by Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Over four years have passed since Kim Jong-un took over the leadership of North Korea after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in late 2011. At the time, some hoped that Kim Jong-un’s young age...

How Will the Next President Take the Daily Intelligence Brief?

by David Priess

Upon entering the Oval Office, every president since Harry Truman has faced a seemingly mundane decision with huge implications: how to take his daily intelligence report. Starting with Lyndon...

The Myth of Cyber Deterrence

by Rhea Siers

Deterrence theory formed the foundation of the narratives and the strategies that shaped the Cold War, and many now seek to apply classical deterrence to the cyber sphere. In essence, deterrence...

Time for a New CIA?

by John Sipher

Across the Central Intelligence Agency lobby from the iconic stars memorializing officers killed in the line of duty is a less well-known memorial.  It is an understated relief in honor of those...

Trumped on Defense

by Walter Pincus

On February 25, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. described the United States military as “the most capable fighting force in the world” during a two hour and 25-minute...

What’s Wrong (and Right) with the CIA?

by Michael Morell

A Candid Conversation with former Acting Director Michael Morell Michael Morell, the former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA and the author of the New York Times best selling book...

Review: The President’s Book of Secrets

by Rodney Faraon

The Central Intelligence Agency has many missions, of which keeping the President – America’s top national security decision maker – well informed is one, if not the, most important. Thus,...

How One Bad Apple Case Could Hurt

by Chris Finan

The court order demanding Apple create an encryption-breaking tool was never about a single iPhone.  A disclosure in a federal court yesterday revealed that the Justice Department has made at least...

The Cyber Campaigns

by Chris Drake

Cybersecurity legislation was a major component of President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, soon followed by the introduction and approval of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing...