WTOP's JJ Green Gets Real About Journalism Today

by JJ Green

If you’ve done any reporting on national security issues in Washington DC, you probably already know JJ Green.  He’s been covering national security for the city’s most popular radio station,...

What Happens When Weapons go to War?

by Paul Scharre

Lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) are weapons that need little, if any, human interaction in order to select and engage their targets. While technology to improve weapons systems is advancing,...

5 Questions for PDDNI Susan Gordon

The Principal Deputy Director for National Intelligence (PDDNI) Susan Gordon spoke at the recent Cipher Brief Threat Conference about  how technology and the role of the private sector are changing...

Racing to Secure Our Future

by Robert Cardillo

The Great Powers are in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race. China publicly set a goal of becoming “the world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030. Vladimir Putin said of AI that...

Cyber Threat Intelligence: "The Government Doesn't Have a Monopoly"

by The Cipher Brief Staff

Much as intelligence stovepiping challenged U.S. defenses against terrorism in the lead up to 9/11, it is also an ongoing problem within the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts. During the...

"We Need Revolution, Not Just Evolution" in Security Clearances

by Senator Mark Warner

With the multitude of national security threats facing our nation – from Russia and North Korea to extremism and climate change – you might not expect security clearance reform to jump to the top...

Don't Pass Surveillance Legislation in the Dark

by Sen. Ron Wyden

Politicians who support broad, unchecked government surveillance authorities are once again rushing to approve a sweeping program at the expense of Americans’ personal liberty and constitutional...

Use What’s Known to Get to the Unknowns

by Jason Matheny

The U.S. intelligence community has long considered its mission as the gatherer of secrets. But sometimes insights are hiding in plain sight among tweets, blog posts, online videos, newspaper...

We Should Be Nice with Nice Guys and Tough with Tough Guys

by Will Hurd

The United States is confronting a wide array of national security challenges ranging from North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and Russia’s subversive cyber activities, to the perpetual threat of...

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....