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February 23rd, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Today’s news cycle is once again dominated by the crisis in Europe with announcements of major western sanctions against Russia amid news that Russia is evacuating its diplomatic staff from Ukraine while all signs appear pointed towards a further escalation. There is a lot in today’s report and things are very fast moving right now. Let’s get to it. Today’s Open Source report is brought to you by The Cyber Initiatives Group. New cooperation on cyber requires new thinking. Join CIG experts with public and private sector experience as they engage in a mission to educate and move the needle on national security and cyber. Find out more at cyberinitiativesgroup.com

February 22nd, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Media outlets around the world are showing scenes of Russian military units being moved into Eastern Ukraine this morning and while the US has so far stopped short of calling the moves an invasion, we are starting to get a glimpse of what immediate actions the US and EU are taking in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the breakaway Ukrainian provinces following his televised speech. We’ve got a lot more to tell you about today. Let’s get to the rest of today’s headlines.

February 21st, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, February 21, 2022

In today's report Russia President Vladimir Putin held a televised press conference today as the Russian Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Ukraine. At the conference Putin said "It is clear that the Minsk measures aren't going to be implemented". There's a lot more in today's report, let's get to it.

February 18th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, February 18, 2022

February 17th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, February 17, 2022

Today's report is again dominated by news from the Russia-Ukraine crisis with media and the State Department confirming reports that Russia has expelled the #2 US diplomat in Moscow, while senior US officials are signaling publicly that escalation of hostilities is imminent.

February 16th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Topping today’s Open Source report: President Biden warns Putin in a televised address while US and NATO officials say they see no evidence of a Russian troop withdrawal but instead say Moscow is sending more troops to the Ukraine region.

February 15th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Today’s report has conflicting accounts of what’s happening in Eastern Europe with Russian officials claiming that some troops are pulling back to their bases following exercises in Belarus, but NATO and US officials saying they don’t see actual evidence on the ground to back up those claims.

February 14th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, February 14, 2022

There are alot of headlines in today's report starting with another US warning that Russia may be trying to create a false pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. And this is happening amid a flurry of ongoing and urgent diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the crisis.

February 11th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, February 11, 2022

It’s Friday, February 11, 2022 and today’s top story is a warning from President Biden for US citizens to get out of Ukraine. In an interview with NBC News, the President warned Americans inside the country that the US will not be able to evacuate them if Russian troops invade the country. NBC’s Lester Holt asked the President whether there would be a scenario where he would send troops to rescue Americans who were fleeing the country and the President responded, “There’s not. That's a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.” In an advisory issued on Thursday, the US State Department said the warning to evacuate was due to “increased threats of Russian military action” in Ukraine. Russia denies is planning an invasion, despite a consistent build-up of troops along the Ukraine border.

February 10th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, February 10, 2022

February 8th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, February 8, 2022

It’s Tuesday, February 8, 2022 and in today’s report…… In today’s report President Joe Biden makes a bold prediction on the Nordstream II pipeline; Confusing narratives follow the Macron-Putin meeting; US approves major new defense package for Taiwan and protests grow in Sudan. If you want to stay up on the latest global news stories then join us each day M-F right here on the Open Source Report Podcast. It’s your best chance of keeping up with the fast paced and rapidly changing global security news cycle in a quick, non-partisan report on the major security stories.

February 7th, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

General Joseph L. Votel U.S. Army (Ret.) President & Chief Executive Officer BENS

In this episode Suzanne welcomes General Joseph L. Votel U.S. Army (Ret.) to the State Secrets podcast. Votel is now the President & CEO of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) organization. This conversation covers General Votel's perspective on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis and alot more, including the most pressing issues BENS is focused on in partnerhip with the US Government.

February 7th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, February 7, 2022

In today’s report…… A flurry of diplomatic efforts underway to stave off war in Ukraine amid a continued Russian troop buildup in Belarus and new US deployments to Poland. Iran draws a red line in nuclear negotiations this week and UN says North Korea’s nuclear program grows stronger. Pakistani security forces battle insurgents and US CENTCOM commander visits UAE to demonstrate US support. It’s a big news day and your best chance of keeping up with the fast paced and rapidly changing global security news cycle is right here with The Cipher Brief. And, before we move on I’d like to say a special welcome to our newest Cipher Brief Expert John Edwards. John retired from the CIA in September of 2021 where he last served as the CIA’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

February 4th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, February 4, 2022

It’s February 4, 2022, and we’re following major cyber stories and Ukraine developments. US intelligence warns Russia may fabricate an attack by Ukrainian forces to justify an invasion. Oil terminals across Europe suffer cyberattacks. Another Israeli surveillance firm has been found exploiting iPhone vulnerabilities. And Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. These stories and more in today’s episode of The Cipher Brief Open Source Podcast.

February 3rd, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, February 3, 2022

In today's report: New developments on the US cyber front; a new Havana Syndrome report is out and US special operations raid kills ISIS leader in Syria. We also have the latest on the Ukraine-Russia crisis and more developments on the spike in attacks on the UAE.

February 2nd, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, February 2, 2022

It’s Wednesday, February 2 2022 and there is a lot to talk about in today’s Open Source Report with particular focus on the continued crisis in Ukraine, but also a lot of national security stories today from the Middle East and Africa. Here’s a look at today’s open source report broken down by region of the world. Just a reminder that we provide links to all of our sources in The Cipher Brief’s free daily newsletter. Sign up at The Cipher Brief.com

February 1st, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Today’s report is again dominated by Ukraine-Russia news but we also have headlines about FBI Director Wray’s comments on China, the latest on the fight between some states’ National Guard and the Pentagon over COVID vaccines, Iran nuclear negotiations, a US announcement about Qatar and the most recent developments from Mali. Here’s a look at today’s open source report broken down by region of the world. Just a reminder that we provide links to all of our sources in The Cipher Brief’s free daily newsletter. Sign up at The Cipher Brief.com

January 31st, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, January 31, 2022

January 28th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Friday, January 28, 2022

In today's report: Senators propose new legislation to sanction Russia; Pentagon seeks to improve record on civilain casualties; Chance encounter between US and Taiwan in Central America; Russia says it doesn't want war but US says otherwise; Denmark withdraws Special Forces from Mali and alot more.  Let's get to it. 

January 27th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, January 27, 2022

In this episode we welcome special guest General Phil Breedlove, Cipher Brief expert and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO to discuss how sees the state of play and options moving forward with the Russia-Ukraine crisis. A big episode. Let's get to it.

January 26th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Global tensions on the rise. In today's report: US threatens to personally sanction Putin while Moscow says it will respond 'quickly' if the US rejects its security demands. Multiple cyber incidents including the North Korea's entire internet service and parts of Canada's federal network; Iran sentences French citizen to 8 years in prison amid approaching moment of truth in nuclear negotiations.

January 25th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January 24th, 2022 Open Source Podcast

The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Monday, January 24, 2022

January 21st, 2022 State Secrets
State Secrets Podcast

Mitch Silber- Former Director of Intelligence Analysis NYPD

In this episode Suzanne talks with Cipher Brief Expert and former Director of Intelligence Analysis for the New York Police Department Mitch Silber. Mitch weighs in on how the recent hostage situation in Texas connects to New York City, and what he learned about protecting NYC during his time at the NYPD.

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