The Uneasy Relationship Between the Pandemic, the Military and the Law

by Jakob Gibson

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator program partners with colleges and Universities across the country to bring you the voices of the next generation of national security leaders.  Jakob R....

Biden Holds the Cards on Iran, But Will He Play Them?

by Ambassador Gary Grappo

Gary Grappo is a former U.S. ambassador who held senior positions including Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman; and...

Holiday Shopping Tips for the Best National Security Books

by Bill Harlow

(The Cipher Brief is an amazon affiliate and may make a small commission on books purchased via The Cipher Brief. ) UnderCover Senior Book Editor Bill Harlow served on active duty in the US Navy for...

Biden's Best JCPOA Bid

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Was the November 27, assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh – Iran’s top nuclear scientist – the beginning or the end of attempts to sabotage President-elect Joe Biden’s...

A Few Words for America's Night Soldiers

by Gregory Sims

Views expressed in The Cipher Brief are individual views and do not represent all experts. Gregory Sims served in the CIA’s Clandestine Service for over thirty years, including multiple field tours...

Taiwan's Critical Impact on the U.S. Supply Chain

by Susan Gordon

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

My Choice for the Next D/CIA

by Marc Polymeropoulos

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by...

A Sisterhood of National Security Engineers

by Amy Chaput

The Listening Post tells the stories of women in the national security space by sharing experiences, interviews, and profiles of women who are ushering in the new era of national security.  Amy...

A Border Wall Mess

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — “There will not be another foot of [Trump’s border] wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” President-elect Joe Biden pledged on August 4, during an interview on...

CIA's Unlucky Yet Meaningful Journey

by Doug Wise

Douglas H. Wise served as Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2014 until August 2016. Following 20 years of active duty in the Army where he served as an infantry and...