Kelly is CEO and Publisher of The Cipher Brief (, an online news service for national and global security developed for the business audience. acting as both an original content provider and a curated aggregator, the Cipher Brief delivers a timely news product that helps companies accurately anticipate and safely navigate the complex, unstable, global environment. 

Kelly is a former CNN intelligence correspondent and co-founded, co-developed and served as co-editor of CNN's national security website.  She identified, negotiated and managed the network's co-sponsorship (along with the New York Times) of the Aspen Institute's annual security forum.  After leaving CNN, Kelly founded and launched AragornCo, a boutique consulting and strategy agency, working for clients operating in the national security space.  Kelly also led strategic and crisis communications for ACADEMI, a global security services provider.  She had responsibility for conceptualizing, managing and implementing strategies to assist the company in bringing security services to the private sector.

Her first non-fiction book was published by (Harper) Collins in 2009, and offered the only inside look at the rise and fall of private security contractor Blackwater, 'Master of War: Blackwater USA's Erik Prince and the Business of War'.

Earlier in her career, Kelly worked as a war correspondent in Kosovo and was a business and political reporter based in both Bonn and Berlin, Germany.  She spent nine years working as a news anchor for CNN International based in both Atlanta, Georgia and Berlin, Germany, for a series of news programs broadcast live around the world, including a morning news program broadcast throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Kelly is currently finishing her second book, a spy thriller.

Specialties: National Security, Intelligence, Consulting, Private Security Strategies