National Security

A computer monitor displays a map available on the Strava website in Washington on Jan. 29. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit

The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. (Getty/AFP/Saul Loeb)

Financier Is Top Choice to Advise President on Intelligence Matters

Trump has finally picked members for a key intelligence advisory board, and billionaire Stephen Feinberg is slated to head it.

Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee listen to testimony from Intelligence officials in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Demand Investigation Into Lack of Whistleblower Protections for Spies

Senate leaders across party lines are concerned intelligence community watchdogs are failing to protect whistleblowers.

The International Space Station is in orbit around the earth on December 14, 2006. (NASA/Getty)

Shake-Up at Pentagon Intelligence Agency Sparks Concern

The director of the agency responsible for analyzing satellite imagery says he wants to modernize the work. Some employees fear they’re being replaced by artificial intelligence.

President Donald Trump, with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, on August 10, 2017.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Set a Scary Strategic Precedent

There's a reason why other administrations didn’t plan national security policy this way.

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover: The UAE Is Paying Ex-CIA Officers to Build a Spy Empire in the Gulf

They hired Americans to professionalize their intelligence service. But how far can former U.S. spies go?

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A Crisis of Leadership at the Military Intelligence Agency’s Watchdog Office

Since two whistleblowers stepped forward two years ago, morale at the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of the Inspector General has plummeted.

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China’s Flagship TV Network Hasn’t Registered as a Foreign Agent

Based in Washington, CCTV America broadcasts Beijing-controlled news to English-speaking households across the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images)

Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?

The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster gives a keynote speech in front of the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images.)

The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.

A closed-circuit TV camera is mounted on a building roof in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC on Nov. 3 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

The clashes at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General continue to escalate.

Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to U.S.President Donald Trump, leaves following his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2017 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI, Is Cooperating on Russia Probe

The former national security adviser was asked by Trump team officials to make contact with the Russians.

U.S. President Barack Obama presides over a meeting of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28, 2009. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

A Key Intelligence Advisory Board Has No Members

President Trump’s antipathy toward the intel community extends to the Intelligence Advisory Board.

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