America's Allies Shocked by Storming of the Capitol

by Nick Fishwick

The Cipher Brief asked our experts to weigh in on how they saw Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump protesters and how allies and adversaries are likely viewing the events of the...

Going Undercover to Catch Cybercriminals

by Richard LaTulip

Our friends at The Record talked recently with Richard LaTulip, a former Secret Service Special Agent who spent time undercover to better understand the motivations and methods of cyber criminals....

Toward a More Diverse and Inclusive Intelligence Community

by Lauren Zabierek

Lauren Zabierek is the Executive Director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. She previously served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force and as a...

An Activist, A Prison Sentence and the US-Saudi Special Relationship

by Emile Nakhleh

Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. He is currently a Research Professor and...

Today's World Through the Lens of 2020

by Robert Cardillo

Robert Cardillo served as the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Prior to that assignment, Mr. Cardillo served as the first Deputy Director for Intelligence...

The Fallout from a Contentious Confirmation Battle

by Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he...

Biden's National Security Test

by John McLaughlin

Cipher Brief Expert John McLaughlin is former Acting Director of the CIA, former Deputy CIA Director and is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced...

How Can the U.S. Rebuild After Shocking Series of Cyber Breaches

by Gilman Louie

President-Elect Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan told NPR this week that the Defense Department hasn’t granted a meeting to the Biden transition team since Dec....

The Russians Have Issued a Wake Up Call

by Dmitri Alperovitch

Weeks after a massive cyber breach of U.S. government agencies and private sector companies was publicly announced, there is still not a clear response from the administration on who is responsible...

Biden's Nuclear Challenges

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign slogan, “Diplomacy is back,” will get an instant test after January 20, when his incoming team has just 16 days to find a way to extend the...