Intelligence

Illuminated portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on display amid the night skyline in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Nov. 25, 2016. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

All Eyes on North Korea

Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.

A Palestinian boy holds a bunch of plastic flowers as he plays on the rubble of assassinated Hamas interior minister Said Siam's apartment building during a Hamas rally in Jabalia, on January 20, 2009. Arab leaders today pledged "all forms of support for the reconstruction of Gaza" but failed to set up a specific fund for the war-battered Palestinian enclave, as they wound up a two-day summit. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

How Israel Won a War but Paid a High Moral Price

A decade of targeted assassinations has pushed the boundaries of Israel's laws and military ethics — and harmed its image across the globe.

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.

A bird sitting on the head of a white rhino at Kruger National Park in South Africa on June 22, 2010.   (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Size Doesn’t Matter for Spies Anymore

In the era of cyber-espionage, even the smallest countries can play on the biggest stage.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in Paris on October 24, 2017.

Egypt’s Undemocratic Election

Under Sisi’s iron fist, only one candidate is allowed to run.

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.

(Taylor Callery illustration for Foreign Policy)

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?

(Defense Intelligence Agency/Foreign Policy illustration)

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.

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.

CIA director Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 12. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Could Stop Robert Mueller in His Tracks

The director of the CIA has extraordinary influence over all counterintelligence investigations — and there are reasons to distrust his intentions.

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