How Foreign Governments Might be Analyzing the U.S. Presidential Race

by Carmen Medina

Senior leaders of authoritarian governments almost certainly are asking their intelligence services to analyze the implications of the current U.S. presidential election. What follows is the guidance...

Security and Privacy are Not Mutually Exclusive

by Elaine Lammert

The interesting thing about the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate is that that there is little disagreement that encryption is a valuable tool for protecting individuals’ privacy and preventing...

Developing Cyber Literacy in the Workforce

by Rhea Siers

Every day we read another report lamenting the limited workforce that possesses the technical skills so badly needed in cybersecurity.  This is a significant challenge for our educational system to...

Is Trump Selling Fantasies?

by Walter Pincus

In his campaign, Donald Trump has created a fact free zone in which he has for the most part been selling fantasies instead of proposing real government programs. Trump, himself, has indicated that...

The Link Between Economic and National Security

by Michael Morell

In an interview with The Cipher Brief last month, former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that one of the things he would tell the next president is that “the health of a nation’s economy...

The Americans are Coming…

by Suzanne Kelly

…or is it the Russians?  The popular FX series premieres episode one of season four on Wednesday.  In case you’re not already read in on the cold-war drama, prepare to be taken back to 1980s...

ISIS and the Caucasus

by Michael Sulick

Russia‘s military engagement in Syria reflects Vladimir Putin’s obsession with reasserting his nation’s influence in the Middle East and establishing superpower parity with the U.S. This...

Countering Drones

by Rachel Stohl

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is growing rapidly, and this is causing some concern about individuals using UAVs for illicit purposes. The Cipher Brief spoke to Rachel Stohl, of the...

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...