For PBS: Five Things to Know About the Intervention in Mali

Over the weekend France launched an assault on northern Mali, part of an operation to unseat the extremists who have occupied half the country since last year’s coup. Immediately afterward, al Qaeda-linked rebels launched a counteroffensive, raising the specter of a drawn-out war. While the conflict is in its early stages, the Mali intervention is a ...

The Choices John Brennan Will Face

President Obama’s nomination of John O. Brennan, his Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Terrorism, to head up the CIA has drawn criticism from many. What critics miss, however, is the most important angle to Brennan’s nomination; it offers the best chance at reforming the Agency. Over the last decade, the CIA has ...

Talking with Sky News Arabia about drones

I spoke with Sky News Arabia about drones, Congressional opposition, and the future of warfare.   About 1:17 in.

For the NYT: John Brennan Has Already Learned from Experience

Upon his nomination to be the next director of the CIA, I wrote this segment for the New York Times’ Room for Debate blog. ___ The nomination of John O. Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency offers an opportunity to re-examine the last decade of clandestine activity and the intelligence community. His experience ...