In recent years, it’s been increasingly common for former CIA operations officers to write books and Op-Eds.   In an Op-Ed for Fox Business online last week, Bryan Dean Wright called out fundamental management failures at CIA.  And this week, another former ops officer, Doug Laux, published a book, Left of ...

Across the Central Intelligence Agency lobby from the iconic stars memorializing officers killed in the line of duty is a less well-known memorial.  It is an understated relief in honor of those foreign spies who risked and lost their lives to provide secret information to the United States.  It is ...

A Candid Conversation with former Acting Director Michael Morell Michael Morell, the former Deputy Director and twice Acting Director of CIA and the author of the New York Times best selling book “The Great War of Our Time,” agreed to sit down with the Cipher Brief to talk about the ...

Got a secret? Welcome to the Dead Drop. ETHOS SOS. The CIA and George Washington University are joining up to hold a public conference on October 27 titled “Ethos and Profession of Intelligence.”  (Sounds to us like they left a word out of the title – but perhaps the word ...

Carmen Medina is the CIA’s former Deputy Director of Intelligence and a member of The Cipher Brief network of experts. Her unique insights will be featured regularly on TCB. Having started my professional career in 1978, I've seen my fair share of international affairs and bust-ups—everything from the Soviet invasion ...

Do you want an opinion from someone who doesn’t have any relevant information?  Probably not.  However, many journalists and self described experts don’t seem deterred by their ignorance when they write about the U.S. intelligence community.   Normally, a failure to understand a subject would deter someone from writing about ...

Got a secret, can you keep it? Welcome to the The Dead Drop.  Each week we pass along news and gossip from the world of national security and intelligence.  While the rest of The Cipher Brief is deadly serious, stop off at The Dead Drop for information that can be ...

Got a secret, can you keep it? Welcome to the The Dead Drop.  Each week we pass along news and gossip from the world of national security and intelligence.  While the rest of The Cipher Brief is deadly serious, stop off at The Dead Drop for information that can be ...

There’s one group you almost certainly did not hear mentioned as the news media and others on Memorial Day lauded, honored, and remembered our richly deserving military heroes – those who gave their all for our country.  I’m speaking of the CIA officers who have also given that last full ...