The Cipher Brief is an in-depth, expert-driven, digital news site that reports on and analyzes issues for an audience that requires a more informed understanding of risk, whether it’s in the C-suite, the halls of Congress or the White House.

We provide the need-to-know analysis that our experts have given ambassadors, generals, CIA directors and presidents. Seasoned professionals who rarely talk to the media share opinions on policymaking that they once reserved for the White House Situation Room, or the Pentagon’s Tank.

We blend that with nonpartisan news reporting that focuses on national and international security, with a heavy emphasis on intelligence.


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