As this month’s terror attacks in Syria and Nairobi make clear, organizations like ISIS and al-Shabab remain focused on launching attacks as a show of strength and resolve.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the Syria attack that killed four Americans and al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack that killed at ...

The Cipher Brief sat down with Robert Richer, former CIA Associate Deputy Director for Operations, to talk about his memories of September 11th, 2001 and his thoughts on what the U.S. has learned over the last fourteen years of war. The Cipher Brief: Where were you on September 11th and ...

The Cipher Brief sat down with Matt Olsen, the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to get his reflections on the events of September 11th, 2001 and hear his thoughts on the evolution of the terrorism threat. The Cipher Brief: Where were you on September 11th and what do ...

As President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) I have interacted with some of America’s most innovative and entrepreneurial business leaders. These are individuals with diverse skillsets and experiences who are united in their belief that the private sector can play a meaningful role in ensuring our ...

On September 11, 2001, I was a newly-appointed SEAL platoon commander.  My platoon was on an urban warfare training trip in the south east United States when we received word that a plane had struck one of the twin towers.  We were literally reloading weapons, when one of our platoon-mates ...