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CSIS looks at how rapidly changing technology and cybersecurity are affecting the world in the twenty-first century. Issues covered include intelligence, surveillance, encryption, privacy, military technology, space, and more. Programs leading the research on this topic include the Technology Policy Program and the International Security Program. Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this topic below.

Episode Date
The Implications of Deep Fakes
1:26:41

Steve Grobman is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at McAfee.

In this role, he sets the technical strategy and direction to create technologies that protect smart, connected computing devices and infrastructure worldwide. Grobman leads McAfee’s development of next generation cyber-defense and data science technologies, threat and vulnerability research and internal CISO and IT organizations. Prior to joining McAfee, he dedicated more than two decades to senior technical leadership positions related to cybersecurity at Intel Corporation where he was an Intel Fellow. He has written numerous technical papers and books and holds 27 U.S. patents. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University.

Jeanette ManfraAssistant Director for Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. 

Ms. Manfra leads the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission of protecting and strengthening the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Previously, Ms. Manfra served as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) before the agency became CISA on November 16, 2018. Prior to this position, Ms. Manfra served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Director for Strategy, Policy, and Plans for NPPD. Ms. Manfra also served as Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity on the National Security Council staff at the White House. At DHS, she held multiple positions in the Cybersecurity Division, including advisor for the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications and Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Communications, during which time she led the Department’s efforts in establishing the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Before joining DHS, Jeanette served in the U.S. Army as a communications specialist and a Military Intelligence Officer.

Matt TurekProgram Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 

Dr. Matt Turek joined DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) as a program manager in July 2018. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and their application to problems with significant societal impact. Prior to his position at DARPA, Turek was at Kitware, Inc., where he led a team developing computer vision technologies. His research focused on multiple areas, including large scale behavior recognition and modeling; object detection and tracking; activity recognition; normalcy modeling and anomaly detection; and image indexing and retrieval. Turek has made significant contributions to multiple DARPA and Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) efforts and has transitioned large scale systems for operational use. Before joining Kitware, Turek worked for GE Global Research, conducting research in medical imaging and industrial inspection. Turek holds a Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Marquette University, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Clarkson University. His doctoral work focused on combinatorial optimization techniques for computer vision problems. Turek is a co-inventor on 14 patents and co-author of multiple publications, primarily in computer vision.


Moderated by James A. Lewis, SVP & Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program

1:45PM - Registration Opens
 
2:00PM - Speaker Introductions
 
2:05PM - Opening Remarks                          
 
2:20PM - Moderated Discussion Begins...

Oct 30, 2019
Managing the Risk of Tech Transfer to China
1:47:09

There are deep interconnections between the U.S. and Chinese economies, and China has built its technology base on what it has acquired from the West. China’s government and some Chinese companies will use any means, legal or illegal, to acquire technology. The United States’ relationship with China cannot continue unchanged, but given the interconnections, change must be managed carefully. This event will focus on how the U.S. can modernize its technology transfer policies to manage risks without damaging American innovation.


Michael Brown, Director of the Defense Innovation Unit, U.S. Department of Defense

With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin and at the Pentagon, DIU’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology into the military and access and stimulate the national security innovation base. Previously, Michael served two years (2016-2018) as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Defense Department. He is the co-author of a Pentagon study on China’s participation in the U.S. venture ecosystem, a catalyst for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) providing expanded jurisdiction to CFIUS. Additionally, he led the initiative for a new Defense Department-sponsored investment vehicle, National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) to fund dual-use hardware technology companies.

Eileen M. Albanese, Director, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Eileen Albanese is the Director of the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTIC). NSTTC is responsible within the Bureau of Industry and Security for issues related to national security export and reexport controls. Previously, Ms. Albanese served as the Director of the Office of Exporter Services (OExS). She entered the Department of Commerce in 1976 to work in the International Trade Administration on the Tokyo Round of the Multilateral Trade Negotiations. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

David Hanke, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

Dave’s practice centers on matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and emerging technologies.  He previously spent 12 years on Capitol Hill, serving in a variety of national security staff positions, and three years on active duty in the U.S. Army.  While at the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dave was the primary staff architect of Sen. John Cornyn’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), the most sweeping overhaul of CFIUS’s processes and jurisdiction in its 44-year existence. 

Thomas Feddo, Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, U.S. Department of Treasury. 

Mr. Feddo serves as the county’s first assistant secretary of the Treasury for investment security, overseeing national security reviews undertaken by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Prior to his current position, Mr. Feddo served as the U.S. Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security, and as a partner at Alston & Bird working in their International Trade & Regulatory Group.

Moderated by 
James A. Lewis, SVP and Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program
 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

 

Oct 29, 2019
China's Civilian Space Program: A Conversation with Alanna Krolikowski
26:50

This episode explores the landscape of China’s civilian and commercial space efforts in recent years. Our guest, Dr. Alanna Krolikowski, analyzes China’s recent achievements in space, including the landing of a rover on the far side of the moon and the first successful launch of a satellite by a private Chinese company. She also examines the relationship between the government, state-owned enterprises, and private companies in China’s space industry and how the growing civilian sector fits into China’s larger space ambitions.

Dr. Alanna Krolikowski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her research focuses on global policy efforts relating to activities at technological frontiers, including outer space, U.S.-China trade in high-technology items, and China’s pursuit of national scientific and technological modernization.

Oct 08, 2019
China's AI Innovation Ecosystem
1:54:18

The CSIS Technology Policy Program invites you to a discussion and release of a new report on the state of China's AI innovation ecosystem. 

Around the world policymakers have recognized the critical importance of AI to economic growth and competitiveness, as well as national power. Few countries have embraced this view as fervently as China. China sees an opportunity to catapult itself into a position of global leadership in the AI age. The world has taken notice. AI has taken center stage in the “technology cold war” between the United States and China, and the “AI race” between them has become a central theme in global debates around the future of emerging technologies. Please join us for an interactive discussion with senior experts on the state of the Chinese AI ecosystem, and how the U.S. should respond to China’s progress in AI. 

This report launch is part of the China Innovation Policy Series, and made possible by support from our partners: Microsoft Corporation, the General Electric Foundation, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Sep 30, 2019
Does China's Industrial Policy Work?
1:35:22

The United States is deeply concerned about China’s economic rise for both economic and national security reasons. An implicit assumption of this concern is the view that China’s state–led innovation system is a successful alternative to the more market-driven system in the United States and the West. To what extent is this assumption correct? Leading China economists Loren Brandt (University of Toronto) and Thomas Rawski (University of Pittsburgh) present the findings from their latest book, Policy, Regulation, and Innovation in China’s Electricity and Telecom Industries. They and several contributors address this big question by analyzing Chinese industrial policy and the actual performance of Chinese companies in two sectors central to China’s innovation drive.
 
Please join the Freeman Chair in China Studies on September 26 as Brandt and Rawski present their findings, which identify both the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese efforts, and discuss the implications for China’s economic trajectory and possible American policy responses. Following their presentation, Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow in CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will provide initial commentary. Scott Kennedy, Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, will moderate Q&A with the audience.
 
Copies of Brandt and Rawski's book will be available for sale at the event.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

Sep 26, 2019
China’s Military Ambitions in Space: A Conversation with Todd Harrison and Kaitlyn Johnson
30:57

This episode explores China’s military developments in space over the last two decades. Our guests, Todd Harrison and Kaitlyn Johnson, discuss some of the findings of their report, “Space Threat Assessment 2019,” and analyze how China has developed and used their growing military space capabilities. They also explain the Wolf Amendment, which forbids any bilateral cooperation between NASA and the China National Space Administration, and how it will affect future US-China cooperation in space.

Todd Harrison is the director of Defense Budget Analysis, the director of the Aerospace Security Project, and a senior fellow in the International Security Program at CSIS. His research focuses on defense funding, space security, and air power issues. Kaitlyn Johnson is an associate fellow and associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS. Her research focuses on space security, military space systems, and commercial space policy.

Sep 24, 2019
Implementing Innovation: The 21st Century National Security Innovation Partnership Conference
2:36:13

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Northeastern University invite you to attend a half-day public conference titled Implementing Innovation: The 21st Century National Security Innovation Partnership Conference on September 23 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ headquarters-- located at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. 

The half-day conference will include a discussion between Northeastern University’s President, Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, and Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dr. Steven Walker, followed by an expert panel. Please see the agenda below for more details on speakers. 

The conference will include discussion topics related to the 21 century national security innovation partnership, and bring together leaders from government, academia, and industry to discuss how to deliver a lasting culture of innovation in support of national security. This partnership between national security leadership, technology developers in industry, and the nation’s academic research institutions promises to continue producing decades of advancements applicable to defense and the broader economy, and is recognized as a major U.S. advantage in the most recent national security strategy.

The event’s speakers will address four specific issues:

Please join us on September 23 for this timely conversation. Follow the conversation on social media: @NationalSecurityInnovation, @Northeastern, @CSIS, @CSIS_ISP and @PresidentAoun.
 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM - Registration
 
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM - Introduction
 

Hon. Sean O'Keefe,
Syracuse University Maxwell School; Senior Adviser at CSIS
 
Mr. Andrew P. Hunter,
CSIS Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group & Senior Fellow, International Security Program

 
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM - Session 1: Keynote Discussion on The 21st Century National Security Innovation Partnership 

Dr. Joseph E. Aoun,
President, Northeastern University
 
Dr. Steven H. Walker,
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency     

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM -  Coffee Break
 
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM - Session 2: Panel Discussion
This panel will focus on how the 21 Century National Security Innovation Partnership supports the development of STEM talent for national security, incubates promising technological firms, fosters technology and process innovation, enables human-machine teaming, and supports cyber and supply chain security.

Dr. Lisa Porter,
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense
 
Dr. David E. Luzzi,
Senior Vice Provost for Research & Vice President of the Innovation Campus, Northeastern University
 
Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy,
Vice President, Technology, Government Affairs, Lockheed Martin
 
Dr. William LaPlante,
Senior Vice President & General Manager, MITRE National Security Sector
 
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM...
Sep 23, 2019
Humanitarian Implications of Cyber Conflicts
1:24:44
How does cyber conflict affect civilians? The threat and risks of cyber conflict are increasing, but it is unclear how principles of international humanitarian law apply. Cyber attacks can be precise in their effect, but many have caused unanticipated consequences, disrupting shipping companies, national healthcare systems or city services. With the advent of the internet of things, where many more devices and services will be vulnerable to cyber attack, civilian populations are more connected and digitally exposed than ever. Does increasing cyber conflict between states risk unanticipated humanitarian costs? Conversely, could cyber operations reduce the risk to civilian populations by giving states an alternative to traditional kinetic options? What kind of rules are possible to best reduce risk and guide state behavior?  Join us for an interactive discussion of the humanitarian implications of cyber conflict.

Panelists will include: Colonel Gary Corn, Director and Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law; Shanthi Kalathil, Senior Director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
 
Moderator: James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Technology Policy Program, CSIS
 

This event was made possible through the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Sep 19, 2019
Training the Next Generation of Cyber Mission Forces
33:18

In this episode, Jim Lewis talks with Colonel Donald Bray, former Acting Cybersecurity Director of the U.S. Army and current Director of Cyber Operations at Raytheon.  As the leader of Raytheon's cyber training efforts, Col. Bray works closely with the Department of Defense to train its cyber mission forces.  Jim and Col. Bray discuss the training program and how it has improved DoD's cyber capabilities; how attitudes towards cyber among the military branches have changed over time; and how cyber recruitment, training, and operations are likely to evolve in the future.

Aug 27, 2019
Bankruptcy Courts and National Security
20:32
Cyber & Tech Attorney Camille Stewart talks with host Beverly Kirk about how U.S. adversaries access sensitive national security technologies and intellectual property through bankruptcy proceedings. They also discuss what’s being done to better protect information when companies fail.
Aug 07, 2019
5G Innovation and Security
2:57:40

The development of 5G technologies is a focus of intense competition. This event will focus on how the United States can best work to develop a common approach to 5G security while remaining at the forefront of 5G innovation. Please join us for interactive discussions with senior leaders in industry and government. 

Agenda

2:30 pm — Opening Remarks by Director Christopher Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2:40 pm — Industry Panel – “Security in 5G

Moderator
Kim Hart, Managing Editor, Axios

Panelists
Jason Boswell, Head of Security, Network Product Solutions, North America, Ericsson
John Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung
Susie Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm
Peter Lord, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Oracle

3:25 pm — Conversation on the International Landscape of 5G with Ambassador Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State

3:55 pm — Industry Panel – “Innovation in 5G

Moderator
Denise Zheng, Vice President, Business Roundtable

Panelists
Eric Wenger, Director, Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy,  Cisco
Kevin Linehan, Vice President, Office of Chief Technology Officer, CommScope
Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T
Valerie J. Parker, Director, PE Network and Edge Compute Business and Technical Strategy, Intel  
 

4:40 pm — Panel - "U.S. Government Approach to 5G Innovation and Security" 

Moderator
Clete Johnson, Senior Fellow, CSIS & Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
 
Panelists
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Director Christopher Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Jennifer Lane, Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
 

This event is made possible with support from Business Roundtable.

Jul 31, 2019
Network Futures: 5G, SDN and the Internet
1:28:25
Telecom technology is changing again, and it's more than the move to 5G.  How and when it changes will have a  major effect on key issues like Huawei's efforts to dominate the telecom market, supply chain diversity, and how your phone, car or factory connects to the internet.  New technologies will reshape the security debate and markets.  Please join us for an interactive discussion of  the policy and business implication of the future of 5G.  Agenda

8:45 am - Registration 

9:00 am - Introductions

James A. Lewis
Senior Vice President & Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program
 
9:05 am - Moderated Discussion

Chris Boyer
Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy, AT&T

Travis Russell
Director of Cybersecurity, Oracle

Stein Lundby
Head of Corporate Technology Strategy, Qualcomm

Thierry Maupilé
Executive VP, Chief Strategy & Product Management

Moderated by James A. Lewis

10:00 am - Audience Q&A

10:30 am - End

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

Jul 10, 2019
Debate: "Should the United States severely restrict Huawei's business?"
1:29:39
The Yes Team Martijn Rasser
Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Dan David 
Founder
Wolfpack Research LLC
 
vs.
 
The No Team
 
Paul Triolo
Practice Head, Geo-Technology
Eurasia Group

Erin Ennis
Senior Vice President
US-China Business Council 

In May 2019 the Trump administration took several steps aimed at limiting the business activities of Huawei because of national security concerns. The president issued an executive order banning the sale of Huawei products in the United States, expanding restrictions that were first applied to federal government agencies. Furthermore, the Commerce Department placed Huawei on its “Entities List,” banning American firms from supplying products and services to Huawei. Four days later, the Commerce Department issued a “Temporary General License” (TGL) allowing firms to provide support for previously concluded business. The TGL is set to expire on August 19. These steps represent not only a major adjustment in American treatment of Huawei and potentially American policy toward China, but also how the world should manage the increasingly fraught technology-national security nexus. 
 
This event features a formal debate on the question, “Should the United States severely restrict Huawei’s business?” Arguing “yes” is the team of Martijn Rasser of the Center for a New American Security and Dan David of Wolfpack Research LLC. Arguing “no” is the team of Paul Triolo of the Eurasia Group and Erin Ennis from the US-China Business Council. CSIS’s Scott Kennedy will moderate the debate as well as the subsequent follow-up discussion with the participants and audience about the pros and cons of specific actions toward Huawei and the implications for US-China relations, American foreign policy, and the shape of the global economy. 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 
Jun 28, 2019
Dead Cows, Oxblood and Other Cyber Vigilantes: A History of Hacktivism
42:33

Hacktivism – hacking for social change – has a rich history that started with a little-known group called the Cult of the Dead Cow. Jim Lewis talks with Joseph Menn, a renown cybersecurity reporter, to discuss his new book, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World. They examine the legacy of some of the original cyber vigilantes, and new trends in the hacktivist community, from infiltrating spyware vendors to intelligence agencies.

Jun 25, 2019
Collateral Damage? Research Collaboration in an Age of U.S.-China Competition
1:58:36
Keynote Remarks
Norman R. Augustine
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin; former Undersecretary of the Army; current member of advisory boards to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy

Introduced by
Matthew P. Goodman 
Senior Vice President and Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS
 
Followed by an expert panel discussion including:
Mikko Huotari
Deputy Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies

Dr. Richard Lester
Associate Provost for International Activities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Harvey Rishikof
Director of Policy and Cyber Security Research and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Maryland 

Moderated by
Stephanie Segal
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS

Over the past year, the United States has introduced several new policy initiatives to limit foreign access to critical technologies, including tightening inbound investment screening procedures and expanding export controls on emerging and foundational technologies. At a Senate Intelligence Hearing on Worldwide Threats in February 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of other countries “exploiting the very open research and development environment” in the United States and counterintelligence risks from “nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students.” The United States is reevaluating its posture on foreign research collaboration. Various U.S. government agencies have increased scrutiny of researchers from sensitive countries while recent legislative proposals would restrict foreign students’ access to certain research projects.
 
Policymakers have to evaluate the tensions between national security and an open and welcoming investment and innovation environment, as well as the degree to which such efforts should be coordinated with allies and partners. Notably, officials will have to decide whether to expand limits on research collaboration, while ensuring the United States remains the premier destination for top global talent.
 
Please join the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 4, for keynote remarks by Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, former Undersecretary of the Army, and current member of advisory boards to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy, followed by an expert panel discussion on balancing national security concerns with research competitiveness.

This event is made possible through the generous support of member governments of the CSIS Allied Economic Forum.
 
Jun 04, 2019
Quantum: Closer Than We Think
31:34

Quantum computing has been an ethereal concept for years, but what is it really? China is investing heavily in its development, but is the United States really falling behind? Jim Lewis sits down with Michael Brett, CEO of QxBranch, to dispel some of the common myths about quantum computing. They discuss how the U.S. can harness quantum’s potential, and how to face current challenges to American innovation.

May 24, 2019
Managing New Style Warfare
31:08

Host Jim Lewis interviews Keith Alexander, a retired four-star general who served as commander of the United States Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency in the Bush and Obama administrations. Listen in to hear how General Alexander helped establish and structure U.S. Cyber Command. General Alexander talks about NSA modernization, the different responsibilities that the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security have to address cybersecurity threats; the current threats in cyberspace; and the merits of persistent engagement.

May 10, 2019
Cyber From The Start: What Keeps You Up At Night?
1:00:42

Host Jim Lewis interviews Admiral Michael McConnell, former Director of the National Security Agency, and the second Director of National Intelligence. As head of the NSA during the early days of the internet, he helped set the path for how the U.S. intelligence community responded to the opportunities and risks of emerging digital technologies. They discuss how the nature of surveillance transformed with the emergence of the internet, how U.S. vulnerability to cyber threats has changed over time, and what needs to be done to confront the growing cyber threat posed by our nation’s adversaries.

Apr 26, 2019
What Keeps You Up At Night?
30:41

Host Jim Lewis interviews Admiral Michael McConnell, former Director of the National Security Agency, and the second Director of National Intelligence. As head of the NSA during the early days of the internet, he helped set the path for how the U.S. intelligence community responded to the opportunities and risks of emerging digital technologies. They discuss how the nature of surveillance transformed with the emergence of the internet, how U.S. vulnerability to cyber threats has changed over time, and what needs to be done to confront the growing cyber threat posed by our nation’s adversaries.

Apr 26, 2019
Supply Chain Security and Software
1:48:32

Please join us for a public event on initiatives for securing the software supply chain on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the CSIS headquarters.

Within the U.S. government, there is increasing awareness of and movement on the need for a coordinated strategy to prevent, identify, and respond to threats stemming from the software supply chain throughout the acquisition process. At this event, we will discuss some of the various initiatives, including the Department of Defense’s Deliver Uncompromised, along with work at the Carnegie Mellon, BSA | The Software Alliance, and the Department of Commerce, designed to minimize the risk of compromised software infiltrating critical systems. 

Opening Speech  1:00 pm -

Registration 12:45 pm -
 William Stephens,Director, Counterintelligence, Defense Security Service, Department of Defense

Moderated Discussion 1:15 pm -
Allan Friedman, Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications Information Administration 
Bob Metzger, Co-Author MITRE "Deliver Uncompromised"; Head of DC Office, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, P.C.
Tommy Ross, Senior Director, Privacy, BSA | The Software Alliance
Roberta Stempfley, Director, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
Derek Weeks, Vice President, Sonatype Inc. 

Moderated by 
James A. Lewis, SVP and Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program

2:45 pm - Audience Q&A

3:00 pm - End

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

Apr 24, 2019
Cyber From The Start: The Fifth Domain
30:08

In this episode Jim Lewis interviews William J. “Bill” Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, a leading defense contractor, about his time as the Comptroller and Deputy Secretary of Defense. At the Department of Defense (DoD) he created a new kind of partnership between companies in the defense industrial base (DIB) through the DIB program and helped reorient DoD to treat cyber as a fifth domain.

Apr 12, 2019
The Fifth Domain
27:28

In this episode Jim Lewis interviews William J. “Bill” Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, a leading defense contractor, about his time as the Comptroller and Deputy Secretary of Defense. At the Department of Defense (DoD) he created a new kind of partnership between companies in the defense industrial base (DIB) through the DIB program and helped reorient DoD to treat cyber as a fifth domain.

Apr 12, 2019
Turf Battles
30:41

Host Jim Lewis interviews Dick Clarke, who served as a senior advisor in the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, helping to create the first national cybersecurity strategy. He began looking at cybersecurity as a national security issue in the ‘90s and has been central to thinking about cybersecurity for decades. They discuss the awakening of government and industry to cybersecurity threats, the real implications of cyber attacks, and the difficulties of coordinating government efforts.

Mar 29, 2019
Putting Cybersecurity On The Map
33:48

In this first episode, host Jim Lewis interviews John Hamre, President and CEO of CSIS and Former Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was one of the first to recognize the strategic implications of cybersecurity and cyber conflict, and who helped lead the DoD in its early approaches to emerging cyber issues. He discusses the hacking incidents that first alerted policymakers to the cyber threats faced by the U.S.; the obstacles and successes in working with other agencies, Congress, and the private sector to address cyber threats; and how to chart a path towards developing structures and doctrines to manage cyber risks.

Mar 15, 2019
Whose Rules? Digital Governance and the Pursuit of Technological Leadership
2:24:01

A fragmented model of digital governance is emerging. Data regulation, technical and ethical standards, and market leadership are all in flux, raising questions about whose rules, if any, will become the global standard. This CSIS Simon Chair event will look at the evolution of technology and digital governance in the world’s major economies – the United States, Europe, China, and Japan – and how competing visions and differing priorities are shaping national and regional approaches to digital governance. 

Featuring a keynote address from Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Closing remarks from former Deputy US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Holleyman

Expert panel featuring:

  • Peter FatelnigMinister Counsellor for Digital Economy Policy, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

  • Naoki Ota, Founder, New Stories Ltd. Former Special Adviser to the Minister, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan 

  • Diane RinaldoDeputy Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Department of Commerce

  • Paul TrioloPractice Head, Geotechnology, Eurasia Group
  • Shaundra WatsonDirector, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance 

  • Stephanie Segal (Moderator), Simon Chair Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, CSIS

This event was made possible by support from the Japanese Embassy.

Mar 04, 2019
Mitigating Security Risks to Emerging 5G Networks
1:30:00

Please join us for a public event on mitigating security risks for emerging 5G wireless networks on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the CSIS headquarters. 

At this event, our keynote speaker FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and the following expert panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging 5G networks, and how standards and security procedures can create a resilient and secure framework for 5G network implementation. They will also discuss the findings and recommendations in the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) VI's report on 5G security released in September 2018. 

Agenda
12:45 pm - Registration
 
1:00 pm - Keynote Speech
The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
 
1:20 pm - Moderated Discussion
Chris Boyer, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T

John Costello, Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Travis Russell, Director, Cybersecurity, Oracle Communications; Chairman, Working Group 3, FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council

Ambassador Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. State Department

Moderated by Clete Johnson, Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP; Senior Fellow, CSIS

 
2:15 pm - Audience Q&A
 
2:30 pm - End
 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

Feb 06, 2019
China's Digital Silk Road
1:53:23

Launched in 2013, China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) strives to improve infrastructure, trade, financial integration, and people-to-people bonds across more than 80 countries. Its digital dimensions are far-reaching, including fiber optic cables, 5G networks, satellites, and devices that connect to these systems. Please join the CSIS Reconnecting Asia Project for a discussion of these developments and their implications for U.S. economic and strategic interests.

 
Featuring an expert panel discussion with
Dr. Robert Atkinson
President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Lt. Gen. William Mayville (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

Emily Rauhala
Staff Writer, The Washington Post
 
Moderated by
Kate O'Keeffe
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
 
Welcoming remarks by
Matthew P. Goodman
Senior Vice President; William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics
 
With special presentations by

Hirobumi Kayama
Special Advisor, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry

Jonathan E. Hillman
Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project
 
This event is made possible by generous support from JETRO NY.

Feb 05, 2019
The Business of Software Innovation
1:25:48

The speakers will discuss business models through which the U.S. government and industry can work together in developing software for national security capabilities. The discussion will explore how the government and industry can create the right incentives to develop and iteratively modernize software for government applications with the goal of delivering innovation and advanced capabilities at the speed of relevance in a highly competitive international security environment.  At the same time, the government’s business model for software development must present a return on investment that makes this an attractive business proposition for industry. Increasingly, software is the driver for advances in critical warfighting systems like the Aegis Combat System, the Global Positioning System, the Battlefield Communications Node, and many other systems. As a result, the business model for software acquisition is a key enabler for the National Defense Strategy.

This event is made possible through general support from Northrop Grumman.

Jan 29, 2019
Dawn of the Code War
1:28:29
Please join us for an armchair discussion on responses to national security threats in cyberspace from the Department of Justice, featuring John P. Carlin, Former Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division; and John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, on Tuesday, January 15th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the CSIS headquarters. 

In his new book, Dawn of the Code War, Mr. Carlin discusses the rise of cyber threats from U.S. adversaries, and the strategies that have been developed to combat them. At this event, Mr. Carlin and Mr. Demers will discuss the nature of these threats and, more importantly, the U.S. response, including indictments of Russian, Chinese, Iranian, and North Korean nationals. The discussion will focus on the actions the Department of Justice is already taking to combat cyber threats and mitigate risks, and how this could change the cyber threat environment. 
  John P. Carlin
Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Former Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice 

John C. Demers
Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice

Moderated by 
James A. Lewis
Senior Vice President and Director, CSIS Technology Policy Program 

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 
Jan 15, 2019
Extending Federal Cybersecurity to the Endpoint
1:22:49
Please join us for a panel discussion on Thursday, December 13th at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on extending federal cybersecurity to endpoint devices. While cybersecurity awareness in the federal government has improved, along with efforts to provide more secure architectures and managed security services for federal networks, these efforts are focused on systemic risks and vulnerabilities in core infrastructures. Few extend to the millions of endpoint devices connected to these systems.

The panel will discuss how federal agencies can move toward a more flexible, user-centered architecture for federal networks to manage evolving security threats. We will also consider how the federal government should think about managing vulnerabilities in the rapidly growing number of consumer devices connected to federal networks.

1:00 pm - Keynote Remarks
Suzette Kent, Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President 

1:20 pm - Panel Discussion
Ryan Gillis, Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy and Global Policy, Palo Alto Networks
Daniel Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for Business of Government 
Todd Gustafson, President & Head of US Public Sector, HP Federal LLC

This event was made possible through support from HP, Inc. 

Dec 13, 2018
Security and Technology in the Air
19:11

Linda Jojo, Executive Vice President for Technology and Chief Digital Officer, United Airlines, joins Beverly Kirk on the Smart Women, Smart Power Podcast for a conversation on how technology is transforming the airline industry and how airlines are thinking about security in the digital age. 

Nov 21, 2018
Countering Adversary Attacks on Democracy—It's not just about elections
1:13:18


This discussion, following the midterm elections, will assess what we saw--and didn't see--in those elections.  It will also examine foreign influence operations that go beyond elections to undermine other democratic institutions, such as our justice system, and democracy itself.   Finally, we will discuss ways to counter this national security threat.


This event is made possible with the help of the American Bar Association Committee on Law and National Security and the financial support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Democracy Fund.

Nov 15, 2018
Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to Innovate and Grow - A Conversation with Julie Sweet, CEO - Accenture North America
57:23


Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies for a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer of Accenture North America. She will discuss artificial intelligence, innovation, and re-skilling the workforce for the future.

Ms. Sweet leads Accenture's business in the United States, its largest market, as well as Canada. She is also a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Prior to assuming this role, she served as Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer. Before joining Accenture in 2010, she was a partner in the Corporate department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP.

Julie Sweet is a leader on issues including innovation, the impact of technology on business, and inclusion and diversity. In 2018, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women” for the third consecutive year. Ms. Sweet co-chairs the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Business Roundtable and chairs the Business Roundtable’s Technology Committee.

Ms. Sweet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.

This event is made possible through support from Citi.
Nov 05, 2018
Artificial Intelligence and National Security: The Importance of the AI Ecosystem
1:49:47

Join the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and the International Security Program for a discussion on national security, artificial intelligence, and the nexus between AI’s national security applications and its broader commercial applications. At this launch event, we will present the research and findings of our newest report, Artificial Intelligence and National Security: The Importance of the AI Ecosystem. A public panel discussion will follow, where dialogue will focus on opportunities and challenges in AI investment, adoption, and operational management in the context of national and international security.

This report is made possible by the generous support from Thales USA, Inc.

Nov 05, 2018
Modernizing the Social Security Number: A Better Basis for Identity Innovation
1:37:16


Please join us on Wednesday, October 10, for a discussion on a new CSIS report Modernizing the Social Security Number (SSN), with opening keynote remarks by Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX). Congressman Johnson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he serves as the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee. The opening remarks will be followed by remarks by Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist at McAfee, and a panel discussion.

The main identity credential in the U.S. is a paper Social Security Card largely unchanged since the 1930s. The SSN serves as a starting point for confirming identity in the U.S. and is central to the U.S. economy, but it is easily stolen and not designed to work in a digital environment. Modernizing the SSN with a secure process for verifying its use would make it harder to steal and create a foundation for innovation in authentication technology. 

The panel will discuss the challenges in improving identity authentication systems and what initial steps can be taken to improve privacy and security. We will also discuss the issues that have arisen from using the SSN as an authenticator and explore potential models for a modernized identity system.

8:45 am—Light Refreshments 

9:00 am—Opening Keynote Remarks
Congressman Sam Johnson (R - TX), Chairman, Social Security Subcommittee

9:05 am—Keynote Remarks
Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee, LLC

9:20 am—Panel Discussion
Paul Rosenzweig, Senior fellow, R Street Institute
Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Candace Worley, Vice President and Chief Technical Strategist, McAfee, LLC

Moderated by
James A. Lewis, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies

This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

Oct 10, 2018
The Future of Blockchain Technology
1:24:12

Blockchain is increasingly recognized as a potentially transformative technology for business transaction infrastructure with its decentralized and transparent networks which form nodes or “blocks” linked by cryptography. Although its decentralized networks make blockchain less vulnerable to cyberattacks, it poses challenges for governments seeking to understand the technology’s many applications and develop appropriate regulatory “rules of the road.” How are governments thinking about the increased use of blockchain technology and its regulatory environment? How are businesses viewing the future of blockchain? What are the future trends in this space? Please join us on September 12th as our distinguished panel of experts will discuss the future of blockchain technology.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of Lichtenstein.
Sep 12, 2018
The Future of Warfare Technology
51:59

Rebecca Hersman, Director of the Project of Nuclear Issues at CSIS; Katherine Charlet, Director Technology and International Affairs Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Dr. Lindsay Cohn, Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval War College; and Dr. Rupal Mehta, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discuss the opportunities and challenges of current and future warfare tools and technology.
 
Jul 26, 2018
Interview with the Winners of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
20:55

William A. Carter of the Technology Policy Program interviews the UVA Cyber Defense Team, 2018 winners of the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC). NCCDC is a national red/blue team cyber defense competition in which undergraduates defend the networks of fictional companies against teams of real world professional hackers and contractors. The UVA team, formed just 3 months before the competition, describe how they came together to defeat 230 experienced teams from across the country, and the lessons they learned from the competition that can be applied to the challenges faced by real-world companies and policymakers.

Jul 09, 2018
Combatting Transnational Threats: Policing Crime and Terrorism in a Borderless World
58:44
Join Andrew Colvin, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), as he discusses the implications of destabilization in fragile and failed states for combatting transnational terrorism and organized crime in the West. After Commissioner Colvin’s remarks, Seth G. Jones, Harold Brown Chair and Director of the CSIS Transnational Threats Project, will host a moderated armchair discussion. This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
Jun 14, 2018
How To Get to a Start-Up Continent
25:59

How do entire economies become more innovative?  Jackson Streeter, an expert on technology transfer, maps the ecosystem of innovation. Strong intellectual property rights, investments in research and development, a risk-taking mentality, and seed funding are all necessary parts. Can they be nurtured and developed in Latin America? Sarah’s Big Little News is the rise of marriage fraud in Costa Rica.  

Apr 26, 2018
Global Fragmentation in Cyber Policy
1:13:31
Governments around the world face daunting challenges in securing cyberspace, protecting online privacy, and managing the flows of data.  As these governments consider laws and policies to confront these challenges, there is growing divergence of approaches across the European Union, Asia, and the United States, potentially fragmenting global markets.  With regional views from Europe and Estonia, China, India, and the United States, our discussion will focus on the need for harmonization and cooperation on global approaches to cybersecurity and regulating emerging technologies.

Discussion will be moderated by Samm Sacks, senior fellow, Technology Policy Program, and speakers will include Chris Painter, the former coordinator for cyber issues at the U.S. Department of State; Helen Popp, the second secretary of digital policy and economic affairs at the Estonian Embassy; Tommy Ross, the senior director for Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance; and Jay Gullish, the head for digital economy, media and entertainment at the U.S.-India Business Council.

Light refreshments will be served from 9:00 - 9:30 AM. 

This event is made possible through the support of BSA | The Software Alliance.
Apr 25, 2018
Investigations and Cross-border Data After the CLOUD Act
1:57:30

Join us for a series of discussions with experts from industry, law enforcement, and government on how the recent passage of the CLOUD Act will reshape how U.S. and other law enforcement agencies can access cross-border data to conduct investigations. 

9:00 AM        Coffee & light refreshments

9:30 AM        Panel I: US Warrants for Data, Conflict of Laws and Comity Analysis in the aftermath of the CLOUD Act

Sandra Moser, David Bitkower, Alexander Berengaut, Kelly Hagedorn 

10:30 am      Panel II: Future of Cross-border Law Enforcement Cooperation

Kevin Adams, Hasan Ali, Richard Downing, Jennifer Daskal

 

Additional speakers to be announced.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Apr 04, 2018
"Star Wars" and Cyber: Can History Help Us Build Today's Defenses?
1:18:43

Building effective cyber defenses is a major challenge for defense planners, just as missile defense has been since the original Strategic Defense Initiative. In both realms the offense has the advantage, making effective defense difficult. Missile defense, however, now has several decades of experience producing and fielding new technologies. Are there lessons to be learned — or avoided?

The Project on Military and Diplomatic History will host a panel discussion of CSIS experts on the history of missile defense, its experience in developing new technologies, and what these tell us about the challenges for building effective cyber defenses. The session will include a briefing by U.S. Army Captain James Torrence on his award-winning essay “Cyber Defense and the Strategic Defense Initiative”.

This event was made possible by donations in support of the Project on Military and Diplomatic History.

Mar 23, 2018
Responding to Russia: Deterring Russian Cyber and Grey Zone Activities
1:31:09

Russian efforts to sow discord in democratic societies have leveraged traditional covert and clandestine tools, military confrontation, and new technologies such as social media platforms, to shape political events beyond their borders. This approach is low cost, seemingly low risk, and has been more successful than Russian leaders could have imagined.  Responding to these tactics requires some kind of response if we are to change Russian behavior. Join us for a public discussion of what are the options are for responding to Russian activities. Speakers will discuss what tools the U.S. government has at its disposal to impose consequences and combat Russian encroachment.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Mar 16, 2018
Talking China, Tech, & Ethics with Kaiser Kuo
15:05

In this podcast, we talk with Kaiser Kuo, longtime China technology watcher and practitioner, and co-host of the Sinica podcast. In an environment where Xi Jinping is president for life, understanding China’s approach to emerging technology, innovation, and the Chinese Communist Party’s censorship of new media is fundamental for tracking geopolitics in East Asia. As the former director for international communications for Baidu, a Chinese search engine giant, Kaiser is uniquely positioned to assess trends in China’s innovation ecosystem, Chinese discussions about the ethics of emerging technologies, and the differences between the tech space in the United States and China.    

Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Ribka Gemalingsari. Written and Produced by Jeffrey Bean.    

Learn more about China on the Sinica podcast via SupChina here.  

Mar 05, 2018
A National Machine Intelligence Strategy for the United States
1:15:01
The Technology Policy Program invites you to the launch of our upcoming report, A National Machine Intelligence Strategy for the United States.
The United States is at the precipice of a defining moment in history. Over the past five years, progress in machine intelligence (MI) has greatly accelerated. From the defeat of Go champion Lee Sedol by DeepMind’s AlphaGo program to the first deployments of fully-autonomous vehicles on public roads,  recent events are challenging us to re-evaluate what may soon be possible for computerized systems. MI systems have already begun to quietly pervade a growing share of businesses, governments, and individual lives around the world, and we are only just beginning to grasp the impacts that this technological revolution will have on our economy, our society, and our national security. In our paper, we outline they key elements of a comprehensive national strategy for the United States to promote the safe and responsible development of MI, and to maintain U.S. leadership in MI technology. MI will transform both economic and strategic power around the world, and leadership in MI technology will be essential to securing our future.

This project is made possible with support from Booz Allen Hamilton.
Mar 01, 2018
Winning the Frontier: U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Global Standards for Emerging Technologies, from AI to 5G
1:22:48
Please join the Simon Chair in Political Economy for an event on February 13, 2018, at 9:00am on the importance of cooperation on international standards in emerging technologies. As developments in artificial intelligence (AI), fifth generation (5G) mobile networks, big data, and autonomous vehicles become key drivers in the global economy, shaping the international dialogue on standards around new technologies has become essential to commercial and strategic interests. As technological leaders, the U.S. and Japan are well positioned to lead this effort and to ensure that fair, transparent, and efficient standards are put in place that will encourage continued innovation and efficiency, consumer welfare, and security. 

Featuring an expert panel, this event seeks to explore some of the key technologies where this debate is already underway, the actors involved in this space, and the competition to shape the emerging technological landscape. 

This event is made possible with the generous support of the Embassy of Japan. 
Feb 13, 2018
China’s Digital Economy and Cyber Governance
31:22
Samm Sacks, a senior fellow in the CSIS Technology Policy Program, tells host Beverly Kirk about advances and challenges in China’s digital economy and its cyber governance law and analyzes the likelihood of a trade war between the U.S. and China.
Jan 31, 2018
The Future of Technology for Development
19:36

This podcast features Ambassador Casper Klynge, Denmark’s first Technology Ambassador. In this interview, Ambassador Klynge discusses his new role and the growing importance of technology and Silicon Valley in the development agenda. Ambassadors are typically found in Washington D.C., but Ambassador Klynge has been tasked with strengthening Denmark's relationship with technology giants like Facebook and Google. To hear more from Ambassador Klynge, listen to the entire podcast.

Jan 29, 2018
Media and Ideology in Xi’s China
1:21:37

Please join the Freeman Chair for an exciting presentation by Georgia State University's Maria Repnikova, who will share with us the ways in which the Chinese party-state has adapted to the latest media technology environment and has changed not only the content of its message but the means by which it reaches its audiences. Professor Repnikova will put these developments in larger context and share illustrative examples from the Chinese media. Kaiser Kuo, a veteran of China’s media and pop culture, will then offer his insights and offer some ideas for further discussion. Freeman Chair Christopher K. Johnson will moderate the event.

The China Reality Check Series presents perspectives from academia, industry, and government in order to promote a sustained dialogue on critical and insufficiently understood issues related to China's reemergence as a global power.

Jan 29, 2018