national security

Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West

In part one of Iran and Hezbollah’s Pre-Operational Modus Operandi in the West, authors Mitch Silber and Ioan Pop pulled from court documents and open source reporting to shed light on ways that Iran and its proxy groups have engaged in regional escalations after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January, and after …

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Managing National Security Talent

The Cipher Brief is honored to share the latest report from our friends at Business Executives for National Security (BENS) on Talent Management: A Strategy for Great Power Competition.   BENS is a nonpartisan group of private sector professionals who work to help identify best practices and help find solutions to the challenges faced by …

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OSINT Global Trendline Report: COVID and the Americas

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What we’re learning about National Security from COVID-19

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins, is reporting more than 432,438 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, and nearly 1.5m confirmed cases worldwide.  While the battle to save lives is expected to continue until a vaccine is developed (which experts say could still be 12-18 months out), national security experts are focusing on what …

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Russia’s New Middle East Chessboard

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Profile of a Private Sector Intelligence Analyst

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The Worst Possible Day: U.S. Telecommunications and Huawei

Thomas Donahue is a Cipher Brief expert and former Senior Director for Cyber Operations on the U.S. National Security Council Staff.  His article was originally published by National Defense University Press PRISM. As a global power, the United States must be able to sustain military forces and project power anywhere in the world, even in …

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Avenging the Death of Qassem Soleimani

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U.S. Flies Surveillance Aircraft as North Korea Boasts of ‘New Weapon’

The U.S. reportedly once again flew a surveillance aircraft over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday after North Korea hinted at developing new, possibly nuclear, weapons. An RC-135W Rivet Joint of the U.S. Air Force was seen flying over South Korea at 31,000 feet, the military air-movement tracker Aircraft Spots revealed on Twitter. The tracker added that …

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Is the Maximum Pressure Campaign Working with Iran?

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