This satellite dish at Fort Meade, Maryland near NSA headquarters receives audio and video of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals sent from Cuba. Photo by Xeni Jardin.

Alexa O’Brien is an analyst and writer focused on intelligence.

Her work has been published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, WIRED, VICE News, Guardian (UK), The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR, and Public Radio International.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College, majoring in Political Science. She obtained her master’s in applied intelligence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and was awarded the 2020 Tropaia Award in Applied Intelligence for outstanding student.

She resides in Seattle and New York City.

Contact: email [at] alexaobrien [dot] com