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Research Resources

DNI SealOffice of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Reports and Publications 

The goal of the ODNI is to effectively integrate foreign, military and domestic intelligence in defense of the homeland and of United States interests abroad. 


CIA SealCentral Intelligence Agency (CIA) Library 

The CIA releases millions of pages of documents each year and frequently releases items of public interest on this website. The Library contains a wealth of information, from unclassified current publications to basic references, reports and maps. 


CIA SealCenter for the Study of Intelligence

The mission of Studies in Intelligence is to stimulate within the Intelligence Community the constructive discussion of important issues of the day, to expand knowledge of lessons learned from past experiences, to increase understanding of the history of the profession, and to provide readers with considered reviews of public literature concerning intelligence.


NSA SealNational Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Declassification and Transparency

In accordance with the federal Open Government initiative, the NSA/CSS identifies subjects and records for which there is a general public interest. The organization meets transparency goals by reviewing those records and including them in their website.


DIADefense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Articles

The DIA's Office of Corporate Communications is committed to timely and accurate documentation of Defense intelligence issues for the public record while safeguarding our nation's classified defense information. It assists the DIA Director in communicating agency plans, priorities and accomplishments and plans special events for the benefit of the agency workforce, the public and the media in support of our nation's defense.



National Geospatial - Intelligence Agency (NGA) List of Resources

The NGA is the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. In its multiple roles, NGA receives guidance and oversight from DOD, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Congress. 


FAS logoFederation of American Scientists (FAS)

FAS comprehensive information from experts, affiliates, and network members is available in a variety of publication formats including: concise issue briefs examining timely topics, technical and extensive academic reports, articles and opinion pieces published in media outlets, and the Public Interest Report, FAS’ quarterly science and security journal.


GWU LogoThe National Security Archive at George Washington University   

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents, leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.


GWU LogoWar on the Rocks

War on the Rocks is a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. It features articles and podcasts produced by an array of writers with deep experience in these matters: top notch scholars who study war, those who have served or worked in war zones, and more than a few who have done it all.


GWU LogoThe "Horns of a Dilemma" Podcast

"Horns of a Dilemma" is a new series brought to audiences by the Texas National Security Review, featuring the leaders and thinkers based at the University of Texas or who stop to share their wisdom.


GWU LogoTexas National Security Review

The "Texas National Security Review" is a journal committed to excellence, scholarly rigor, and big ideas. Launched in 2017 by War on the Rocks and the University of Texas, the journal aims to publish articles that will end up on university syllabi and the desks of decision-makers, and to be cited as the foundational research and analysis on world affairs.


cipherThe Cipher Brief

Cipher Brief is a security platform that engages the private sector in a solutions-based conversation with the world’s leading security experts. It was founded by former CNN Intelligence Correspondent Suzanne Kelly.  Its web-based journalism platform is based on the belief that a high-level, non-political, solution-based conversation that includes the private sector is a critical part of finding solutions to the issues we now face.




Lawfare is a multimedia web site devoted to serious discussion of national security law and policy. It has a staple of commentators, ranging from journalists to practicing lawyers and law professors.


Just securityJust Security

Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of U.S. national security law and policy. They aim to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to national security problems that decision-makers face. Their Board of Editors include individuals with significant government experience, civil society attorneys, academics, and other leading voices. Just Security is based at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law.


MuskingumThe Literature of Intelligence at Muskingum College

A searchable archive of materials covering such aspects of intelligence such as histories, collection and analysis, covert action, US and foreign agencies, signals intelligence, counterintelligence, terrorism, oversight and links to related websites.


Intel101 2Intelligence 101

Intelligence 101 is an intelligence training website created for students and learners. It provides links to further intelligence focused resources. Though the site contains valuable content, it may not be as thorough as others. 


Intel101 2"Intelligence Matters" Podcast with Michael Morell - CBS News

The former acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell, speaks with top leaders of the U.S. intelligence community as they reflect on their life, career, and the critical roles they play in shaping national security policies in this CBS News original  podcast. Listen to select podcasts here.