In the world of national security, it can't all be so serious, so here's a preview of what's waiting for you in this week's Dead Drop: GAME OF THROWS:  We want to be David Cohen when we grow up. He seems to have a lot of fun.  A couple years ago ...

We're starting a new segment on The Cipher Brief’s Open-Source Collection Podcast and adding to the line-up of curated headlines we bring you from around the world with expert insights on today's news.  The Cipher Brief's Brad Christian talked with former CIA Officer Marc Polymeropoulos this week about what’s next ...

Behind the Headlines brings you expert perspectives on today's headlines by telling you more than what happened, but also what it means.  You can also listen to The Cipher Brief’s Daily Open-Source Collection Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. Jack Devine, Former Acting Director, National Clandestine Service, CIA Cipher Brief ...

This article was first published by our friends at JustSecurity. Corin R. Stone is a Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law. She is on leave from the ODNI where, until August 2020, she served as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Strategy & Engagement, leading ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  He is the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders (releasing November 2021) OPINION -- A ...

Bottom Line Up Front: gamification can promote and scale disinformation mitigation by lowering the threshold of collaboration across different demographic groups. The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country to share the thinking of the next generation of national security leaders. Yi-ting Lien ...

Erin Sikorsky is deputy director of the Center for Climate and Security, and the director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. Previously, she served as the deputy director of the Strategic Futures Group on the National Intelligence Council in the United States, where she co-authored the quadrennial Global Trends report and led the ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  He is the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders (releasing November 2021) OPINION -- President ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Cellist By Daniel Silva / Harper Reviewed by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret) The Reviewer – Cipher Brief Expert Admiral James Stavridis, USN, Ret. was the 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He is currently Vice Chair, Global Affairs and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and ...

Jen Easterly is Head of Firm Resilience and the Fusion Resilience Center at Morgan Stanley.  She is also the Biden Administration’s nominee to become the next Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security.  Easterly previously served as Special Assistant to the President ...

Nancy Patel is VP/GM of Public Sector at Immuta.  She holds graduate degrees in Systems Engineering from George Washington University and Business Administration and Management from University of Kentucky (UK) as well as an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from UK. PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE -- It happens more often than ...

BOOK REVIEW: SPY SWAP: The Humiliation of Russia’s Intelligence Services By Nigel West / Frontline Books Reviewed by Joseph Augustyn, Former Sr. CIA Officer The Reviewer -- Joseph W. Augustyn is a 28-year CIA veteran, where he served in a variety of posts to include chief of the Agency’s defector ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist at The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  He is the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders (releasing November 2021) OPINION -- “Right ...

Jason Brodsky is a senior Middle East analyst and editor at Iran International TV. He previously served as policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and before that, worked in a variety of capacities at the Wilson Center. Brodsky is a former White House fellow where he served in ...

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country to share the thinking of the next generation of national security leaders. Joy Putney is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative Biosciences Program in the School of Biological Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and ...

Robert Dannenberg, Fmr. Sr. CIA Officer, Former Chief of Security, Goldman Sachs Cipher Brief Expert Rob Dannenberg is the former Managing Director and Head of the Office of Global Security for Goldman Sachs.  He is also the former director of International Security Affairs for BP.  Dannenberg is a 24-year veteran ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  He is the author of Blown to Hell: America’s Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders (releasing in November 2021) OPINION -- ...

Cipher Brief Expert Tim Willasey-Wilsey served for over 27 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is now Visiting Professor of War Studies at King’s College, London.   OPINION -- For the Biden administration, an apparently reasonable decision to follow Donald Trump’s wish to end the ‘forever wars’ ...

Carmen Medina is a former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. A 32-year veteran of the Intelligence Community, she is also the author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within. OPINION -- One of the most important pieces of advice we offer aspiring Rebels at Work is ...

As part of a special series on climate in partnership with The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Cipher Brief Expert and Senior Editor Kristin Wood, The Cipher Brief is focusing on the national security implications of climate change.  This report is derived from ...

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”  – Daniel Patrick Moynihan Kevin J. Buckley retired from the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. He is a recipient of the CIA Career Intelligence Medal and served for over 24 years supporting ...

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  He is the author of Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders (releasing in November ...

BOOK REVIEW: The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution By James E. Baker / Brookings Institution Press Reviewed by W. Renn Gade, General Counsel, Defense Intelligence Agency REVIEW -- We live in the age of Dreadnoughts.  No, not of battleships, but of astounding leaps of technology, ...

Hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi won Iran’s presidential election on Saturday in a move that is expected to bolster the conservative legacy of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The decision is not expected to derail ongoing negotiations aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, ...

Alex Gallo is the Executive Director of the Common Mission Project and Visiting Fellow with the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law. OPINION -- We could lose.  This is how Chris Brose frames the stakes of going to war with China at the outset ...

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.   OPINION -- “How do we establish deterrence in the cyber space?” “How do we raise costs on our adversaries so that these ...

Thomas Warrick was DHS Deputy Assistant for Counterterrorism Policy from August 2008 to June 2019 and is now Director of the Future of DHS Project at the Atlantic Council. Javed Ali held senior counterterrorism positions at DHS, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National ...

Ties between Russia and China go far beyond mutual lessons-learned and policy coordination.  They have entered into cooperative arrangements that pose clear dangers for the US and its allies.  The most apparent of these are in the military realm. Mark Kelton, Former Deputy Director for Counterintelligence, CIA Mark Kelton is ...

BOOK REVIEW: Congress Overwhelmed - The Decline in Congressional Capacity and Prospects for Reform By Editors Timothy M. LaPira, Lee Drutman and Kevin Kosar / University of Chicago Press Reviewed by Jason U. Manosevitz The Reviewer - Jason U. Manosevitz is an officer in the Intelligence Community with 16 years of ...

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (including 5 years at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation) with the U.S. Dept. of State during 2002-2016, and is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Psychiatry-Medicine Integration, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX. The views expressed are entirely his ...

As part of a week-long series focused on Mapping China’s Ambitions, The Cipher Brief is partnering with Harvard Research Fellow and former British diplomat Jamie Burnham to explore China’s threat vectors, how it is organizing to win, what a government ecosystem looks like and the impact that international collaboration will have ...

As part of a week-long series focused on Mapping China’s Ambitions, The Cipher Brief is partnering with Harvard Research Fellow and former British diplomat Jamie Burnham to explore China’s threat vectors, how it is organizing to win, what a government ecosystem looks like and the impact that international collaboration will have ...

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics. OPINION -- “The United States must now be prepared for conflict to extend to, or even to originate in or from, space.” ...

Bottom Line Up Front: There are indications that the Taliban have no intention of reaching a compromise and believe they can take over Afghanistan shortly after the US withdrawal. Comparisons with the survival of the Najibullah government may be misleading. An eventual evacuation of the international community should be manageable ...

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country to share the thinking of the next generation of national security leaders. Savannah Nelson is a master’s student in the Global and National Security program at the University of New Mexico. She earned her B.A. ...

The Cipher Brief’s Academic Incubator partners with national security-focused programs from colleges and Universities across the country to share the thinking of the next generation of national security leaders. Christopher Kernan-Schmidt is an accelerated Master’s student from George Mason University. His research and professional interests include grand strategy, national security, and energy ...

On 25 September 2017, the board of UK-based Imagination Technologies, founded in 1985 (and listed on the LSE in 1994), agreed to a take-over by a Palo Alto-based, Cayman Island-registered private equity firm named Canyon Bridge.  The UK’s Guardian newspaper described Imagination as a global leader in designing graphics processors ...

Next month’s planned meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to include conversations on Ukraine, COVID-19 and the recent diversion of a flight by officials in Belarus, but as tensions between the two countries remain tense, there are bigger issues at play, like the ...

Cipher Brief Expert Joseph R. DeTrani served as the special envoy for negotiations with North Korea from 2003-2006 and is the former director of the National Counterproliferation Center.  He’s also a veteran of the CIA. The views expressed are his and do not imply endorsement by the Office of the ...

In the Biden Administration’s highest-level face-to-face visit, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is traveling to the Middle East to seize momentum created by last week’s Gaza ceasefire in what could be the first step back toward peace talks. The Biden Administration has been criticized for not taking more aggressive action ...

Cipher Brief Expert Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. OPINION – Israeli ...

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics. OPINION -- “Cyber is now the critical domain to every facet of our National Security.” Those words were spoken last Friday by ...

Javed Ali held senior counterterrorism positions at DHS, the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Council. He is a Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan.   Thomas Warrick was DHS Deputy Assistant for Counterterrorism Policy from August 2008 to June ...

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr. is former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, where we reported directly to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security and the Secretary of Defense. Neil Wiley is former Principal Executive at ODNI, where he performed the duitews of Principal Deputy Director ...

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics. OPINION -- Last Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office released a declassified version of a once-secret June 2020 report titled: Nuclear Triad: DOD ...

In the midst of World War II, facing multiple threats in a complicated series of engagements around the world, the US and the UK entered into a highly-secret, trusted agreement to share signals intelligence they gathered on the enemy.  In the decade that followed WWII, the agreement was expanded to ...

BOOK REVIEW: Japanese Foreign Intelligence and Grand Strategy: From the Cold War to the Abe Era  By Brad Williams / Georgetown University Press  Reviewed by Stephen C. Mercado The Reviewer – Stephen C. Mercado is an analyst, researcher and translator, who has worked in the Washington area and in East ...

Dr. Kenneth Dekleva served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (including 5 years at the U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation) with the U.S. Dept. of State during 2002-2016, and is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Psychiatry-Medicine Integration, UT Southwestern Medical Center. The views expressed are his own. OPINION -- ...

A rarely discussed but high impact trend that seems to have been amplified by the COVID-19 virus is affecting investment in countries that have traditionally attracted investors interested in minerals and rare earth materials.   A process that is open to corrupt parliaments, dictators and authoritarian governments has long been ...

Cipher Brief Expert John McLaughlin served as Acting CIA Director from July to September 2004 and as Deputy Director from October 2000 to July 2004. He is the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). EXPERT PERSPECTIVE – President Joe Biden’s decision to ...