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December 21, 2016

Cybersecurity
Takeaways From a Trip to the National Security Agency

A few weeks ago, I was part of a "National Thought Leaders" visit to the National Security Agency. Famously secretive and opaque (see, No Such Agency), the NSA started conducting this type of outreac…

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May 16, 2017

Cybersecurity
Don’t Blame NSA for WannaCry

When giving talks on cybersecurity, I often get asked what keeps me up at night. My short, and glib answer is my four-year-old (he really is a horrible sleeper). I certainly don’t sit up at night wor…

NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

June 6, 2017

Intelligence
Why I Have Nothing to Say About the NSA Leak

Emails from reporters started coming in last night. Could I comment on the leaked National Security Agency (NSA) report on Russian interference in the election?  The short answer was no. The re…

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management  gives out security clearances to government employee and contractors.

December 23, 2019

Lebanon
Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Demonstrators stand on a bridge decorated with a national flag during an anti-government protest along a highway in Lebanon, on October 21, 2019.

October 8, 2019

Cybersecurity
Ctrl + Shift + Delete: The GDPR’s Influence on National Security Posture

While the GDPR's "right to be forgotten" expands personal data privacy rights, it could complicate intelligence agencies' data collection efforts by allowing terrorists to request to have social medi…

A 3D-printed Twitter logo is seen in front of a computer screen on which an Islamic State flag is displayed

January 4, 2006

United States
What is the Legality of the NSA Domestic Surveillance Program?

Should the domestic spying of U.S. "persons" be permitted? If it is "critical to saving lives," then yes, argues President Bush. He further says that shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks Con…

October 31, 2019

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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April 5, 2017

Intelligence
Getting Intelligence Agencies to Adapt to Life Out of the Shadows

Intelligence agencies love working in the shadows. However, in a post-Snowden world, they will have to get used to working in the spotlight.

Robert Hannigan

January 15, 2014

Trade
How Obama’s NSA Reforms Could Help TTIP

This is a guest post by Robert Maxim, research associate, competitiveness and foreign policy, for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program. On Friday President Obama will unveil his plan t…

A mobile phone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to a tablet computer showing the logo of the United Staes' National Security Agency (NSA) is seen in this multiple exposure picture illustration (Kai Pfaffenbach/Courtesy Reuters).

December 20, 2013

United States
NSA: These Are the Dots

If there was one consensus conclusion after 9/11, it was that we had failed to “connect the dots.” That phrase had two meanings. First, government agencies should stop the “stove piping” that prevent…