How Qatar's Diplomatic Rift Affects U.S. Forces

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. This week we saw many Arab states sever ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar is a key U.S. ally, with more than 10,000 American troops stationed at military bases in Doha. So what does this mean for the United States? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.

Ali Soufan on the Death of Bin Laden & Rise of ISIS

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief's Suzanne Kelly spends 15 Minutes with Ali Soufan. Ali is a former FBI special agent, who recently wrote The Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State. What's unique about the book is that he wrote it like a novel, to bring the readers into the world of Bin Laden and help them better understand it. So how did he come up with the idea?

U.S. Strategy the Day After Mosul

I'm Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. As the Battle for Mosul nears its end, what should the U.S. strategy be in the day after scenario, not just in Mosul, but Iraq all together? How do we bring all the parties to the table? Here's my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred. 

Trailblazers in National Security

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. This week, The Cipher Brief looks back at five groundbreakers in the national security space. Each has blazed a trail for others to follow in policy, spycraft, and law enforcement. From Pentagon pioneer Michele Flournoy to Steve Murphy, who co-lead the demire of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, take 15 Minutes to hear from some of the leaders and change-makers in national security and intelligence. 

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In Brief: Graham Allison on Why the U.S. & China are Destined for War"

With rising tensions between the U.S. and China, The Cipher Brief’s CEO and Publisher Suzanne Kelly speaks with Graham Allison, author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap. As the Director of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, he’s also a pre-eminent voice on U.S.-China relations. With the release of his book this week, Graham tells Suzanne why he believes the two superpowers are destined for war.

ISIS to Afghanistan: What Role Can NATO Play?

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. In the wake of the Manchester attack, how do we fight ISIS? As President Donald Trump attends his first NATO meeting, what role can the alliance play? What should Nato’s strategy be elsewhere in Afghanistan and Russia? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred. 

Senator John McCain on NATO & The Balkans

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. How important are the Balkans to U.S. national security? The region remains volatile, with ethnic and socioeconomic tensions rising, and increased Russian meddling in internal affairs. So, this week, The Cipher Brief's Kaitlin Lavinder spends 15 Minutes with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who recently returned from a trip to the Balkans. He also voted in March for the state of Montenegro to become NATO's newest member. Here, he tells Kaitlin what he thinks Montenegro will bring to the table. 

JJ Messner on the 2017 Fragile States Index

15 Minutes is an interview podcast with the biggest names in the global security space. What is the most stable country in the world? Which is the most fragile? What determines those qualities? This week, The Cipher Brief's Leone Lakhani spends 15 Minutes with JJ Messner, Executive Director of the Fund for Peace, which projects the annual Fragile States Index. Judged on 12 indicators - based on social, economic and political factors - the index ranks 178 countries from the most fragile, to the least. So, which countries ranked the highest in 2017? And why does it matter?

North Korea: What Are The Options?

I’m Jack Keane, retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a member of The Cipher Brief network. I served the American people for almost 38 years. I’m an infantry paratrooper who commanded every level from company through corps. What do I think of U.S. strategy in North Korea? How much of a threat is North Korea? How should Washington and its allies handle the threat? Here’s my perspective In My Own Words, no holds barred.

Milo Medin on Innovative Solutions in Defense

In a world of evolving threats, how can the United States innovate to stay ahead in the national security space? That’s a question The Cipher Brief's CEO Suzanne Kelly puts to Milo Medin, a member of the Defense Innovation Board, an initiative set up by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2016. Milo, who is also Google’s Vice President of Access Services, speaks to Suzanne about potential solutions, on the sidelines of Georgetown University’s “Hacking 4 Defense” innovation panel.