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Russia is bolstering its military presence in the Arctic. Should the West be threatened? Also: China has concluded that information dominance will be central to the future of warfare.
Trump heads to Davos – how does the rest of the world perceive him? The U.S. government’s security clearance process is getting worse, not better; and it is now two minutes to midnight.
How are peace talks in Syria progressing – both in Geneva and Sochi? Also: a look at the proposed “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” or CPEC.
China has been working for over a decade on various types of anti-satellite weapons – how much of a threat do they pose? Also: CIA Director Mike Pompeo made public comments yesterday on North Korea, the Agency’s culture, and much more.
With the government shutdown over, we examine the legality of a presidential command to fire nuclear weapons at a foreign state, absent a direct threat to the United States. The answer is quite complex.
A look at how the government shutdown impacts day-to-day elements of national security – and how Boko Haram in Nigeria thrives despite losing territory.
U.S.-Turkey relations are increasingly strained; how should Washington proceed? Also: FISA Section 702 reauthorization reaches President Trump’s desk – what’s in it, and what’s not?
Chinese naval capabilities are rapidly growing – and threatening U.S. primacy in the Asia-Pacific. How should the U.S. react?
The federal government released a report on links between immigration and terrorist threats—but the numbers may not be what they seem. Also: how digital technologies are changing the nature of black-market arms sales.
Following the scare in Hawaii over a false emergency alert of an incoming missile, Executive Editor Kim Dozier speaks with Middlebury Institute's Jeffrey Lewis for some insight on what would happen if a missile were to actually be heading towards the United States.
North Korea is now hacking for money – we’ll tell you why. We’ll also walk you through the science of the blockchain – the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and our expert suggests that just maybe, you should invest in some too.
Iranian-Russian ties are growing; why are they natural geopolitical allies? Also: an update on the progress of FISA 702 legislation as Congress pushes to beat the Jan. 19th expiration date of those authorities.
In Washington, D.C., the House votes on a reauthorization bill for Section 702 of FISA – and in the Middle East, we look at Iraq’s parliamentary elections, slated for this May.
What does North Korea really want out of talks with South Korea – and how do we move the conversation to denuclearization? Also, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) offers his take on re-authorization of FISA 702.
Former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin joins us to discuss today’s talks between North and South Korea, and we look at cyber ‘hacktivists’ and their war against terrorist content online.
Why is Russia investing heavily in its submarine fleet – and should the West be concerned about increased activities near undersea internet cables? Also: Anticipation builds over upcoming talks between North and South Korea.
We analyze ISIS’ presence in Afghanistan and the likely trajectory of that threat. Also – the newly-discovered security flaws present in billions of computer chips – how big a risk does this pose, and for whom?
How is the Trump administration interpreting ongoing protests in Iran— and how will they factor into the president’s decision-making? Also: North Korea’s overtures to the South.
Protests in Iran are still ongoing; what do they mean for the future of the regime? Also, we look at Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address—and President Trump’s “get tough on Pakistan” talk.
Today on The Cipher Brief Daily Podcast, we take a look at botnets, and how effective U.S. law enforcement agencies have been at taking them offline and prosecuting the actors behind them. Also, how has President Trump's announcement on Jerusalem last month impacted Turkish-Israeli relations? Listen in to find out.…
We look at some of the major trends and events in cybersecurity throughout 2017 – and what to watch in the coming year. Also: hear from John McLaughlin, chairman of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation.
What does 2018 hold for Africa? We speak with Frank Archibald, former director of the CIA National Clandestine Service. Also: a word with the founder of military charity TAPS.
As 2017 draws to a close, we speak to Norm Roule on Iran, and some of the events of the past year that will define what happens in the region in 2018. Also, we hear from Kathy Maguire of Special Operations Warrior Foundation about the charity organization.
As 2017 draws to a close, we speak to Ambassador Joseph DeTrani on North Korea, and some of the events of the past year that will define what happens in the region in 2018.
As 2017 draws to a close, we speak to Steve Hall on all things Russia. From foreign election interference to Russia's adventurism in the Middle East, there's a lot to cover.
As 2017 draws to a close, we speak to Rob Richer on the state of the Middle East, and some of the events of the past year that will define what happens in the region in 2018.
Russia and China are investing heavily in their navies, threatening U.S. supremacy on the high seas - but the U.S. navy is dogged by readiness issues, budgetary restraints, and a high tempo of operations. Can the U.S. maintain its competitive advantage on the open waters?
China’s interests around the world have forced it to “reinterpret” its longstanding policy of non-interference in other countries’ domestic affairs. How does a more activist China impact U.S. interests? Also: a few areas where the U.S. intel community could be more “future smart.”
The U.S. government has attributed the WannaCry ransomware attack to North Korea – how, and what’s next for cyber attribution? Also: we look at obstacles to stability in North Africa and the Sahel.
The Trump administration has released its first National Security Policy. We sweat the details on Russia, China, climate change, and more. Also – why did an occurance of U.S.-Russian intel sharing go public over the weekend? Listen in.
The capabilities of Iran-sponsored hackers are growing, and experts tell us they may be readying “contingency plans” to attack U.S. critical infrastructure if the Trump administration scraps the Iran deal.
We take a closer look at Amb. Nikki Haley’s accusation Iran breached a UN Security Council resolution; discuss the FCC’s vote to scrap Net Neutrality; and hear from Tunisia’s ambassador to the United States on his country’s democratic transition.
Secretary Tillerson offered to “talk about the weather” with North Korea; we asked the former U.S. Special Envoy for talks with North Korea for his take on that. Also: deeper analysis on Pakistan’s complex internal dynamics…and how U.S. policy influences them.
The FCC will soon vote on whether or not to keep “Net Neutrality” in place. We analyze what impact either outcome of the vote will have on national security – including NSA authorities, extremist content on the Internet, and more.
How are drones shaping the future of warfare? We get specific, discussing different aspects of evolving drone tech – and in which contexts of warfare they are proving useful.
The U.S. Justice Department recently required RT and Sputnik News to register as “foreign agents” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. We take a look at this (outdated?) legislation, specifically through the lens of foreign influence operations.
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