Opinion Pieces

Congress Smartly Moves Forward on American National Defense in Space
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Joshua Huminski
July 31, 2018, The Hill
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Jamie Fly, Matthew Heiman, Andy Keiser, Dr. Andrea Limbago and Lester Munson
July 11, 2018, National Security Institute
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Mike Rogers
June 30, 2018, The Hill

Solutions on the Anniversary Snowden’s Unauthorized Disclosures
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Geof Khan and Bryan Smith
June 12, 2018, Real Clear Defense

North Korea Summit: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Andrew Borene, Jamie Fly, Matthew Heiman, Jamil Jaffer, Omario Kanji, Andy Keiser, Dr. Andrea Limbago, Lester Munson, Bryan Smith, and Dan Wagner
June 12, 2018, National Security Institute

To Win the New Space Race, US Must Abandon Chunky, Outdated Systems
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Joshua Huminski
May 31, 2018, The Hill

Correcting the Record On ‘Federalist’ House Intelligence Committee Article
Authored: NSI Faculty member Darren Dick and Founder Jamil Jaffer
May 30, 2018, The Daily Caller

Congress, Worried About Cyber? Fill a Key DOJ Position
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Megan Brown
May 23, 2018, Real Clear Politics

Trump Shouldn’t Give ZTE a Pass
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Mike Rogers
May 17, 2018, The Wall Street Journal

American’s Deserve No Less Than Gina Haspel As CIA Director
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Dan Wagner
May 17, 2018, Real Clear Defense

Gina Haspel: One of the Most Qualified Nominees Ever for CIA Director
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Andy Keiser
May 15, 2018, Washington Examiner

The CIA Needs Gina Haspel
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Lester Munson
May 9, 2018, Real Clear Defense

President Trump Announces Withdrawal from the Iran Deal: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Jamie Fly, Matthew Heiman, Jamil Jaffer, Andy Keiser, and Lester Munson
May 8, 2018, National Security Institute

Gina Haspel is Exactly the Type of Leader the CIA Needs Today
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Matthew Heiman
May 8, 2018, The Hill

What to do the Day After Killing the Iran Deal
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Jamie Fly
May 2, 2018, New York Post

To Promote Nonproliferation, Kill the Iran Deal Now
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer
April 29, 2018, Wall Street Journal

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean up After Rex Tillerson
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Jamie Fly
April 24, 2018, Foreign Policy

Pompeo is More Than Qualified to Lead State, It’s Time for Democrats to Stop the Obstruction
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Matthew Heiman
April 23, 2018, Inside Sources

Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Lester Munson
April 23, 2018, The Hill

Steps Congress can take to defend America against foreign influence operations
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Jamie Fly
April 19, 2018, The Hill

Pompeo Will Make an Impressive Secretary of State
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Andy Keiser and Lester Munson
April 13, 2018, Real Clear Politics

Mike Pompeo isn’t just qualified to be secretary of state – he’s ready
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Michael Allen
April 13, 2018, Washington Examiner

Challenging China
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Jamie Fly
April 13, 2018, Weekly Standard

Secretary of State Tillerson’s Departure: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Nicholas Dujmovic, Matthew Heiman, Jamil N. Jaffer, Geof Kahn, Andy Keiser, and Lester Munson
March 13, 2018, National Security Institute

4 reasons Mike Pompeo will succeed at Foggy Bottom
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Andy Keiser
March 13, 2018, The Hill

Russian Influence Campaign: What’s in the Latest Mueller Indictment
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Benjamin Wittes, Sarah Grant, Quinta Jurecic, Matthew Kahn, and Matt Tait
February 16, 2018, Lawfare

Four steps to fight foreign interference in U.S. elections
Authored: NSI Advisory Board members Mike Rogers and Rick Ledgett
February 14, 2018, Washington Post

Anatomy of a Presidential Untruth: What Data Did the Justice Department Really Provide the White House?
Authored: NSI Advisory Board members Benjamin Wittes and Nora Ellingsen
February 12, 2018, Lawfare

The State of the Union Address: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Bryson Bort, Matthew Heiman, Jamil Jaffer, Andrew Keiser, Lester Munson, and Bryan Smith
January 30, 2018, National Security Institute

FitBit, NotPetya, RSA and China
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
January 29, 2018, Lawfare

Nationalize the 5G Network? No Thanks.
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
January 29, 2018, Lawfare

Stopping the Next Cyber Conflict
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Dmitri Alperovitch
January 28, 2018, The Cipher Brief

Turkey Invades Syria
Authored: NSI Advisory B0ard member Paul Rosenzweig
January 21, 2018, Lawfare

National Defense Strategy: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer and Visiting Fellows Dmitri Alperovitch, Bryson Bort, Jason Chipman, Megan Brown, Matthew Heiman, Andrew Keiser, Andrea Limbago, Lester Munson, Megan Reiss, and Bryan Smith
January 19, 2018, National Security Institute

Trump Tweets Against a Key National Security Priority
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Benjamin Wittes
January 11, 2018, Lawfare

Confidence in Government on National Security Matters: December 2017
Authored: NSI Advisory Benjamin Wittes
January 9, 2018, Lawfare

Ending Temporary Protected Status
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
January 9, 2018, Lawfare

The war against Islamic State will be won – or lost – on the cyber battlefield
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Matthew R.A. Heiman
January 8, 2018, Los Angeles Times

Elections are a Cybersecurity Problem
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
January 7, 2018, Lawfare

A Letter from Mike Pompeo
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
January 3, 2018, Lawfare

A Tribute to Doug Letter
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
January 3, 2018, Lawfare

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2018
Authored: NSI Advisory member Paul Rosenzweig
January 2, 2018, Lawfare

Why Trump’s War on the Deep State is Failing – So Far
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
January 1, 2018, Lawfare

‘Other than that Mrs. Lincoln…’
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
January 1, 2018, Lawfare

Shredding the Putin Playbook
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellows Jamie Fly and Laura Rosenberger
December 2017, Democracy

Russia never stopped its cyberattacks on the United States
Authored: NSI Advisory Board members Mike Rogers and Michael Morell
December 25, 2017, The Washington Post

The Trump Administration and the United Nations: A Good News Story
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Stewart Baker
December 22, 2017, Lawfare

The Contested Global Landscape in Trump’s New Security Policy
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Jamie Fly
December 20, 2017, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

President Trump’s National Security Strategy: NSI Experts Weigh In
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer and Visiting Fellows Dmitri Alperovitch, Megan Brown, Nicholas Dujmovic, Matthew Heiman, Andrew Keiser, Andrea Limbago, and Lester Munson
December 18, 2017, National Security Institute

Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Michael Allen
December 15, 2017, Foreign Policy

Book Review – 2020: World of War, by Paul Cornish & Kingsley Donaldson
Authored: NSI Visiting Fellow Joshua Huminski
December 14, 2017, Diplomatic Courier

Peter Strzok’s ‘Insurance Policy’
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Stewart Baker
December 14, 2017, Lawfare

Cryptocurrency Can Promote National Security
Authored: Kiran S. Raj
December 14, 2017, The Wall Street Journal

The Taste of Crow: Okay, I’m Alarmed Now
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 12, 2017, Lawfare

Public Confidence in the Mueller Investigations and Other Russia Investigations
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 12, 2017, Lawfare

Preventing sex trafficking shouldn’t come at the cost of online freedom
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
December 11, 2017, The Hill

How Can the President Obstruct Justice?
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 7, 2017, Lawfare

How Can the President Obstruct Justice?
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 5, 2017, Lawfare

Five Questions for Alan Dershowitz on the Criminalization of Political Differences 
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 4, 2017, Lawfare

In Defense of Including ‘Unmasking’ Protections in Law
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Stewart Baker
December 4, 2017, Lawfare

The Flynn Plea: A Quick and Dirty Analysis
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
December 1, 2017, Lawfare

Forgetting Lessons of 9/11, Rebuilding FISA ‘Wall’ Would Be a Mistake
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer
November 30, 2017, The Daily Signal

Ample Safeguards of Civil Liberties Warrant FISA Section 702’s Reauthorization by Congress
Authored: Kenneth Wainstein and R. Brendan Mooney
November 29, 2017, Daily Signal

Does the FBI Need a Warrant to Search its Own Database?
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Matthew G. Olsen
November 27, 2017, Newsweek

“Fixes” to Surveillance Law Could Severely Harm FBI National Security Investigations
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Matthew G. Olsen
November 27, 2017, Just Security

The Next Phase in the War on Terror Is Here
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Lisa Monaco
November 8, 2017, Foreign Policy

What Congress must do to prevent another 9/11
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer and Advisory Board member Matthew Olsen
November 3, 2017, The Hill

Unpacking Uranium One: Hype and Law
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
October 27, 2017, Lawfare

Sessions wants a leak investigation rule-change. That could cripple the free press.
Authored: Kiran S. Raj & Paul O’Brien
September 13, 2017, Washington Post

Getting to No With Iran: How President Trump can forge a nuclear deal that actually works
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil N. Jaffer
September 12, 2017, U.S. News & World Report

Finally, U.S. appears ready to battle China’s rampant IP theft
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil N. Jaffer
August 22, 2017, The Hill

Invisible Hands and Iron Fists: Challenges in Regulating the Innovation Economy
Authored: NSI Founder Jamil N. Jaffer and Visiting Fellow Megan Stifel
August 17, 2017, Lawfare

China’s Intellectual Property Theft Must Stop
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Keith Alexander
August 15, 2017, New York Times

Updating the 2001 AUMF at Long Last? On the Flake-Kaine Bill
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes and Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, and Matthew Waxman
May 30, 2017, Lawfare

No Laptop Ban… For Now
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
May 30, 2017, Lawfare

Those “Three Separate Occasions”: What Comey Might Really Have Told Trump
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
May 24, 2017, Lawfare

Questions Raised by Rod Rosenstein’s Statement
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes and Quinta Jurecic
May 19, 2017, Lawfare

Congress Cannot Shut Down: Limits of the Special Counsel
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
May 19, 2017, Lawfare

New NACD Cyber-Risk Handbook a Reminder of Critical Board Oversight Duties
Authored: Alan Charles Raul, Colleen Theresa Brown, and Dean C. Forbes
May 19, 2017, Bloomberg BNA

New NACD Cyber-Risk Handbook a Reminder of Critical Board Oversight Duties
Authored: Alan Charles Raul, Colleen Theresa Brown, and Dean C. Forbes
May 19, 2017, Bloomberg BNA

What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes
May 18, 2017, Lawfare

Initial Reactions to the Appointment of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecic, Susan Hennessey, and Matthew Kahn
May 17, 2017, Lawfare

Defend Norms, Don’t Violate Them
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Paul Rosenzweig
May 17, 2017, Lawfare

Another Bomb Drops: Initial Thoughts on Trump Asking Comey to Kill the Flynn Investigation
Authored: NSI Advisory Board members Paul Rosenzweig and Benjamin Wittes
May 16, 2017, Lawfare

Former CIA Director: Trump proves he’s Russia’s ‘useful fool’
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Michael Hayden
May 16, 2017, Washington Post

Cybersecurity, Privacy, Data Protection, Internet Law and Policy
Authored: Alan Raul
May 16, 2017, Lexology

U.S. President Trump Signs Executive Order Addressing Cybersecurity 
Authored: NSI Advisory Board member Raj De
May 16, 2017, Lexology

 

May 16, 2017
New York Times
David S. Cohen
How Trump Hurts the Spying Business

May 15, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes, et al.
Bombshell: Initial Thoughts on the Washington Post’s Game-Changing Story

May 15, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Trump Discloses TS Sources and Methods to Russians

May 13, 2017
New York Times
Benjamin Wittes
What We’re Losing in James Comey

May 12, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Et Tu Rod? Why The Deputy Attorney General Must Resign

May 11, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
The Strange Inadequacy of the Rosenstein Memorandum

May 10, 2017
New York Times
Lisa Monaco
The Next Front in the U.S. Fight Against ISIS

May 10, 2017
The Hill
Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden: When Trump’s Washington starts to resemble Nicaragua

May 9, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey
The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him

May 9, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes and Steve Vladeck
Can a President’s Absolute Immunity Be Trumped?

May 9, 2017
CNN
Lisa Monaco
Attention Team Trump: Globalism works in fighting terror

May 8, 2017
Washington Post
Matthew Olsen and Edward Fishman
Russia is still waging cyberwar against Western democracy. It’s time to push back.

May 3, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
The 87% Solution to Fake News

May 1, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes, Jane Chong, and Quinta Jurecic
Seven Theories of the Case: What Do We Really Know about L’Affaire Russe and What Could it All Mean?

April 25, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Senate Intelligence Committee Reality Check-In

April 21, 2017
Washington Post
Mike Rogers
The State Department needs to be streamlined – not starved

April 21, 2017
Washington Post
David S. Cohen
One powerful weapon to use against North Korea

April 17, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Did the Justice Department Really Support the President’s Misstatement to Congress? Let’s Find Out

April 12, 2017
Politico
Gen. Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden: Susan Rice’s unmasking request is no ‘smoking gun’

April 7, 2017
Politico
Gen. Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden: Trump acted decisively against Syria. Now what?

April 6, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Is Homeland Security A Subset Of National Security?

April 5, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
I Believe

April 4, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Jack Goldsmith
The “Grand Bargain” at Risk: What’s at Stake When the President Alleges Politics in Intelligence

April 4, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Susan Hennessey
Breathe Easy: Rick Ledgett’s Retirement is Not a Political Protest

April 3, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Breaking News: I Was (Probably) the Subject of Incidental Collection

April 2, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Civil Suits Against the President

April 1, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Immunity

March 31, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Movement in a New Guantanamo Habeas Case

March 23, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Susan Hennessey
It’s Time for a Select Committee on Russia (Also, We Told You So)

March 22, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey & Quinta Jurecic
What The Heck Is Devin Nunes Talking About? A Guide for the Perplexed

March 22, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Destroying the Presumption of Regularity

March 22, 2017
The Hill
Gen. Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden: US intel agencies win big, but Russia intel wins bigger in Comey hearing

March 16, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Quinta Jurecic
The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Believe the President’s Oath

March 9, 2017
New York Times
Gen. Michael Hayden
Donald Trump Is Undermining Intelligence Gathering

March 6, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Trump’s Revised Refugee and Visa Order: A Quick and Dirty Analysis

March 5, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Ten More Questions for President Trump

March 5, 2017
Lawfare
Stewart Baker
Eight Buckets of Cold Water for the Trump Wiretap Story

March 3, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
What Happens When We Don’t Believe the President’s Oath?

March 2, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Fufi’s Story: An Israeli General’s Lone Mission in the West Bank

February 28, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Susan Hennessey
The Need for a Select Committee on the Russia Connection

February 27, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Why Federal IT Will Never Be Secure

February 24, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Susan Hennessey
Memo to the NSC: Check Out Some Databases at the State Department before Finalizing that New Executive Order

February 21, 2017
The Hill 
Gen. Michael Hayden
Michael Hayden: One year later – Trump’s journey from candidate to president

February 20, 2017
Foreign Policy
Michael Allen
Trump Needs to Make a Speech About Europe

February 18, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Special Counsel; Not Special Prosecutor

February 11, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Privacy Today Edition

February 10, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Thoughts on a Strange Day – and a Very Strange Presidential Tweet

February 9, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
How to Read (and How Not to Read) Today’s 9th Circuit Opinion

February 9, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
Revised Draft Trump EO on Cybersecurity

February 9, 2017
Fortune
Michael Allen & Jeremy Bash
Don’t Dismiss Terrorism When Donald Trump Talks Immigration

February 7, 2017
Lawfare
Paul Rosenzweig
AI, NSA and Facebook

February 6, 2017
Lawfare
Lisa Monaco
The Dangers of Walling Off America

February 3, 2017
Lawfare
Stewart Baker & Zachary Schreiber
What the “Interior Security” Executive Order does to Foreigners’ Privacy Rights

February 2, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes & Jack Goldsmith
A Precedent for Democrats on the Classy Way to Handle Neil Gorsuch

February 2, 2017
Lawfare
Gen. Michael Hayden & Benjamin Wittes
The Special Obligation of the Advocates of Strong National Security Measures

February 1, 2017
Brookings
Kristen Silverberg, Derek Chollet, Eric S. Edelman, Michèle Flournoy, Stephen J. Hadley, Martin S. Indyk, Bruce Jones, Robert Kagan, Jake Sullivan, and Thomas Wright
Building “situations of strength”: A national security strategy for the United States

January 25, 2017
Diplomatic Courier
Jamil N. Jaffer
Cybersecurity in the Next Administration

January 10, 2017
Federal Times’ Fifth Domain
Gen. (ret.) Keith B. Alexander & Jamil N. Jaffer
Architecting the Nation for Cyber Defense  

January 1, 2017
Lawfare
Benjamin Wittes
Why Trump’s War on the Deep State Is Failing – So Far

December 6, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
Jamil N. Jaffer & Matthew Heiman
Donald Trump Should Commit More Troops to Defeating the Islamic State Group

November 17, 2016
National Review
Lester Munson & Jamil N. Jaffer
Setting the Record Straight on Congress’s Review of the Obama-Iran Nuclear Deal

November 15, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
Daniel J. Rosenthal & Jamil N. Jaffer
How President-Elect Donald Trump Can Get Early Points on the Russian Front

June 23, 2016
Washington Post
Michael B. Mukasey & Jamil N. Jaffer
Here’s How to Confront the Terrorist Threat (It’s Not How We Are Doing It)

June 14, 2016
Lawfare
Daniel J. Rosenthal & Jamil N. Jaffer
A Bipartisan Call for Serious Consideration of Potential Solutions to the Encryption Challenge

June 2, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
Andrew Borene & Jamil N. Jaffer
Diluting SIV Visa Program Could Condemn Loyal Military Translators to Death

May 5, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
Jamil N. Jaffer & Daniel J. Rosenthal
Congress Must Work to Balance Privacy and Security

April 9, 2016
New York Times
Jamil N. Jaffer & Daniel J. Rosenthal
Why Apple’s Stand Against the FBI Hurts Its Own Customers

February 26, 2016
Politico
Jamil N. Jaffer & Daniel J. Rosenthal
How Apple’s Fight with the Government Hurts Our Privacy

November 23, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Michael B. Mukasey & Jamil N. Jaffer
Time to Remove the Surveillance Blinders

July 8, 2015
National Review
Matthew Kroenig & Jamil N. Jaffer
How to Walk Away from the Iran Talks

January 24, 2013
Hoover Institution
Jeremy A. Rabkin & Ariel Rabkin
We the Cyber Warriors

December 1, 2010
U.S. News & World Report
Jamil N. Jaffer
More Than Assange are to Blame for Wikileaks Damage

March 2, 2010
Daily Caller
Why Holder is Wrong on Zazi