Intelligence

Analysis Brief

A Spy Tells All

Recruiting operatives capable of infiltrating terrorist networks presents an ongoing challenge to U.S. intelligence agencies. A new book by a former double agent who spied on al-Qaeda tells the story of how he did it.

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Analysis Brief

Hayden Scrutinized on Surveillance

The nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden, has faced strong questions from senators about his previous role overseeing warrantless surveillance of U.S. calls abroad. Hayden defended the legality of his moves as National Security Agency chief while asserting his fitness to run the CIA.

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Analysis Brief

Iran Intel 'Gives Pause'

There is a déjà vu aspect to the international talks over Iran's nuclear program. But there are also signs of hard lessons learned from the Iraq case on intelligence gathering and diplomacy.

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Analysis Brief

BIN LADEN'S RETURN

Author: CFR.org Staff

A new tape from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden repeated threats to attack the United States and asserted al-Qaeda is growing stronger in Iraq and around the world. The release comes amid anger in Pakistan over a U.S. missile strike aimed at bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri.

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Article

Millennium Challenge: The Real Story of a Corrupted Military Exercise and Its Legacy

Author: Micah Zenko
War on the Rocks

Millennium Challenge 2002, a U.S. military red teaming exercise, was doomed to fail from the start. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko tells a more comprehensive version of the story than has ever been told, featuring interviews with numerous leaders of the military exercise.

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Article

Why Your Secure Building Isn’t

Author: Micah Zenko
Medium

Though employees may think their company’s office building is secure, the outward appearance of security is rarely correlated with the actual protection of that building, or the people and contents within. In an excerpt from his book, Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, Micah Zenko details how penetration tests are used to identify vulnerabilities in a building’s physical security.

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