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The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 5:  Los Angeles police officers in hazard suits secure the scene in a "hazardous material hot area" after the explosion of a "dirty bomb" during a simulated attack at a dock at the Port of Los Angeles on August 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. In the drill's scenario, a "dirty bomb" smuggled into the port in a shipping container exploded as a bus was driving by, releasing a plume of radioactivity. More than 850 civilian and military personnel representing more than 60 government agencies, community based and private-sector organizations are participating in the terror response drill, "Determined Promise 2004."  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Invisible Threat

As the Trump administration talks border walls and North Korean nukes, scientists are sounding the alarm on potential biological attacks.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 02:  Erik Prince, chairman of the Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA, holds up a picture showing the affect of a car bomb while testifying during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill October 2, 2007 in Washington DC. The committee is hearing testimony from officials regarding private security contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Why Is Erik Prince Backing a Secure Communications Company?

America’s most notorious security contractor is quietly investing in privacy apps.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29:  U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) attend a panel discussion on an opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Is Going After Legal Protections for Journalists

The Trump administration’s most dangerous attack on media has nothing to do with cries of "fake news."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Sessions Turn Off the Faucet?

Attorney General tries to prove he’s not “very weak” on leaks.

US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly speaks about immigration enforcement legislation during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 29, 2017.
US President Donald Trump's order to block arrivals from six mainly Muslim countries takes partial effect Thursday after he won a Supreme Court victory over rights groups. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

At DHS, Kelly Toed the Trump Line

Trump’s new chief of staff may impose discipline on the White House — but that doesn’t mean he’ll make it more moderate.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump salutes during the presidential inaugural parade  on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Pushing America’s Special Forces Past the Breaking Point

America has never had more counterterrorism raids — and less of a counterterrorism strategy.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21:  Ret. Army Col. Derek Harvey speaks about ISIS during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony on the United States policy in Iraq and Syria.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

McMaster Fires Iran Hawk From NSC

Another Flynn holdover has been removed.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump takes his place for the family photo on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.
Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

There Is No Trump Doctrine, and There Will Never Be One

Six months into the president’s term and it’s already clear that small wins and tactical deals do not amount to a strategy of any sort.

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Trump’s Budget Would Leave U.S. Ports Open to Nuclear Threat

The administration is putting money toward a border wall, but giving short shrift to America’s other borders.

TOPSHOT - US President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017.  / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Tower Peace Theory

Why Donald Trump's real estate holdings abroad are so dangerous for Americans at home.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Hardest Part of Trump’s National Security Strategy to Write

Sometime this year, the Trump administration intends to release the legislatively mandated National Security Strategy (NSS). What will it contain about Russia?

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07:  Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill  June 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence and security officials testified about re-authorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is the law the NSA uses to track emails and phone calls of non-US citizens.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Spy Chief, a Frequent Guest at the White House, is MIA at Headquarters

Dan Coats is often close to Donald Trump, but what is he doing for the intelligence community?

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Artificial Intelligence Will Put Spies Out of Work, Too

Secret mapping agency aims to automate the bulk of its work.

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