Counter Terrorism and Defense

U.S. Cyberattack on Russia Would be a Mistake

By Mike Martin
The reported plans for retaliatory cyberattacks on Russia could yield many negative consequences with minimal benefit.

The Risk Ring of Fire

It is time for the American public to begin a serious discussion about U.S. interests and how to protect them.

Imagine Leaders, Not Just Politicians

At the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, there were missed opportunities for statesmen to genuinely advance peace in the Levant.

A Worthy and Enduring Legacy for John Brennan

The Ethos & Profession of Intelligence 2016 program was a testament to the CIA Director’s investment in dialogue and education.

Critical Skills for the Next DHS Secretary

The fifth DHS Secretary will have their hands full with a job that has more critics than friends. Here are the top skills the next Homeland Security Secretary will need.

The Presidential Debate – National Security Questions I Want Asked

Nothing can change the dynamics of a presidential race faster than a debate performance. With the first debate approaching, what will the nominees have to say about national security?

On 9/11, Master the Fear of Terrorism

Fifteen years ago this Sunday, al Qaeda attacked, and over time, the commemoration of 9/11 has morphed into a superficial media bonanza and a catalyst for fear of terrorism. This is not what we need to inspire among the population.

International Collaboration in an Era of Homegrown Terrorism

Terrorism today is not necessarily committed by foreigners. From San Bernardino to Baghdad, we are seeing the rapid growth of HVE as the most serious type of terrorist threat.

Kerry Says ISIS is Running – Is He Trustworthy?

By Mike Martin
Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is on the run, but the Obama administration has made these kinds of statements in the past. Should the American people believe Secretary Kerry?

How Marginalization in France Fuels Recruitment and Terror Attacks

Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in The Hill about the terrorist attack in Nice and what it reveals about the rising homegrown violent extremist threat in France and around the world.