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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 Fifth Domain

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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
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

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?

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

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

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
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
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
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

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

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
Russia’s Electronic Warfare Capabilities to 2025

Roger McDermott examines how and why Russia’s military has turned its attention to more fully exploiting the electromagnetic spectrum by employing electronic warfare (EW) assets. He will discuss many of the key findings of extensive research in this area, including assessing current Russian EW capabilities and the future role of disruptive technologies in this domain. Mike Kofman, Research Scientist in the Russia Studies Program at CNA, will serve as discussant. Olga Oliker will moderate.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Jan 29, 2018
Taiwan’s Cybersecurity Environment: Challenges and Opportunities

Listen as the Freeman Chair effectively addressing Taiwan’s cybersecurity situation in a broader context and discuss recent developments, challenges requires Taiwan taking steps both internally as well as through cooperation with others.

Jan 05, 2018
Taiwan’s Cybersecurity Environment: Challenges and Opportunities

Information and communications technologies (ICT), including the Internet, have long been central to Taiwan’s economic prosperity. At the same time, the island faces complex cybersecurity challenges internally as well as vis-a-vis mainland China and the rest of the world. Effectively addressing these challenges requires Taiwan taking steps both internally as well as through cooperation with others. Join the Freeman Chair on Friday, January 5 for a presentation by Dr. Joseph Hwang on these issues. Dr. Hwang will place Taiwan’s cybersecurity situation in a broader context and discuss recent developments, followed by comments from CSIS Technology Program Senior Fellow, Samm Sacks. CSIS's Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Adviser, Christopher K. Johnson, will serve as moderator and will invite members of the audience to ask questions to the speakers. 

Jan 05, 2018
Xi Runs This Town

In this podcast, we take a deep dive into the outcomes of the Chinese Communist Party’s 19Party Congress.  Now that the dust has settled following Xi Jinping’s resounding win, we turned to two leading China-watchers to analyze the implications for China’s economic planning, PLA reform, foreign policy, anti-corruption effort, and censorship. Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro, assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University, and Christopher Johnson, chair of the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies, join us to help assess the takeaways across Chinese politics.

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

Read more from Dr. Oriana Mastro on China’s military reform and strategy here. Read Christopher Johnson’s analysis of the 19 Party Congress here.

Nov 20, 2017
U.S.-China Competition in Outer Space

In the 10 years since China’s first successful anti-satellite test, the vulnerability of essential U.S. space systems has been underscored and competition in outer space has resumed. How has the United States responded? What are the implications for strategy and deterrence in this new era?

In this podcast, CSIS experts Todd Harrison and Dr. Zack Cooper along with Secure World Foundation’s Dr. Brian Weeden talk about the changes in the space domain since the end of the Cold War and China’s expanding capabilities, describe how the proliferation of space technology has impacted other countries in the Indo-Pacific, and assess the implications for international cooperation in space exploration. Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Ribka Gemilangsari. Written and Produced by Jeffrey Bean.

Read Todd Harrison and Zack Cooper’s new CSIS report: Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Agehere

See Brian Weeden’s recent work on U.S. space systems and U.S.-China strategic relations in space: U.S.-China Strategic Relations in Space (report chapter w/ Xiao He), NBR here.

The End of Sanctuary in Space, War is Boring here.

Use Outer Space to Strengthen U.S.-China Ties (w/ Xiao He), War on the Rocks here.

Nov 06, 2017
Report Launch: Innovation-Led Economic Growth
Innovation and technology are increasingly at the heart of economic growth around the world and will be crucial tools for addressing emerging issues such as global urbanization and growing demand for food, energy, and water. In this report, CSIS and RTI International assess the challenges and opportunities facing developing countries as they pursue innovation and technology-driven economic growth. The report includes analysis of three different sub-topics—education and human capital development, translational research and development and commercialization, and the innovation policy environment—as well as case studies from Kenya, Malaysia, and Gujarat, India. From this research collaboration, CSIS and RTI International hope to create a platform for engaging a broad set of actors to support the creation of knowledge-based economies and innovation-led economic growth in places where we never expected to find it before.
Oct 03, 2017
Strengthening the Federal Government's Cyber Defenses
After decades of effort to strengthen the federal government’s cyber defenses, are we really more secure? The federal government operates a patchwork of IT systems across multiple agencies, many of which are decades old, costly to maintain and contain known vulnerabilities. The President recently signed an executive order which highlighted the importance of strengthening the security of federal networks and outlined the new administration’s approach to dealing with these challenges. The order echoes Congressional efforts to provide agencies with the budget, authority, and legislative mandate to access cutting edge technologies and adopt shared services to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve security. CSIS is hosting an event to discuss how Congress and the Administration can strengthen the federal government’s cyber defenses.

Panel of experts to follow keynote addresses by Jeanette Manfra and Congressman Hurd.
Sep 29, 2017
Harnessing the Data Revolution with Dr. Naohiro Kitano

Dan hosted Dr. Kitano, Director of JICA-RI, for a discussion of our recent report, Harnessing the Data Revolution to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The report analyzes the challenges and opportunities that exist in the pursuit of the revolution in development data globally. The conversation addresses the importance of both small and big data. Dr. Kitano also shares insights into Africa’s attempts to launch their first satellite into space.

Sep 29, 2017
Ransomware and Cybersecurity Cooperation
A spate of ransomware attacks in early 2017 hit millions of computer systems worldwide, including those of National Health Service hospitals in England and radiation monitoring stations in Chernobyl. The persistent spread of simple, cheap ransomware tools puts the onus on businesses and law enforcement to reconsider their tactics for mitigating the effects of cybercrime. CSIS will host a panel discussion on ransomware proliferation and effective tactics for business-law enforcement cooperation on cybersecurity.
Sep 14, 2017
Cyber Warfare in the Maritime Domain

Please join CSIS and the United States Naval Institute (USNI) for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring Vice Admiral Jan Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence, for a discussion on cyber warfare in the maritime domain.

Sep 14, 2017
Can Technology Solve India’s Population Troubles?
In this podcast, Dan examines the role of technology in combating India’s population troubles. This week’s guest is Preeti Sinha, Senior President of YES BANK and Global Convenor of YES Institute. Preeti’s background in the financial sector and her experience growing up in India and going to university in the United States give her a unique perspective on the opportunities surrounding FinTech and the use of technology to integrate citizens in both the United States and India into the formal financial sector.

Aug 31, 2017
The Internet of Things and the Cost of Privacy

AT&T Vice President Jill Singer and CSIS Technology Policy Program Director Denise Zheng discuss security, privacy, and policy challenges as more and more everyday “things” are connected to the internet.

Aug 02, 2017
Arthur Kroeber on China’s High-Tech Drive

In this podcast, a joint production of CSIS’s CogitAsia and the China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS), we explore how China’s tech innovation drive fits into the country’s wider economic picture. To gain a sense of whether the Chinese government’s initiatives to develop new technology are succeeding, Scott Kennedy, co-leader of the China Innovation Policy Series project at CSIS, joined China macroeconomist Arthur Kroeber, managing director of Gravekel Dragonomics, an economic research consultancy based in Beijing, to discuss the issue. Kroeber emphasizes the largely positive results from China’s multi-pronged drive to promote high tech. He describes the rationale behind China’s technological innovation drive, highlights the success of leading Chinese Internet companies, and evaluates what options countries like the United States have to respond.    

Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Liz Mayes. Written and produced by Jeffrey Bean.

. hereTo learn more, visit our China Innovation Policy Series site

.here, China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs To KnowListeners can see more about Arthur Kroeber’s book

Jun 21, 2017
Growing Digital Dragons: Understanding China’s Technology Innovation Ecosystem

In this episode, we dig into China’s technology innovation efforts and explore how China has become the tech workshop of the world.

To give context to China’s efforts to innovate in technology, Dr. Scott Kennedy, director of the CSIS Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, sat down with China tech sector expert Alberto Moel – a senior research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, a premier investment research firm based in Hong Kong. Scott and Alberto discuss the emergence of Shenzhen as a tech capital, the rise and fall of companies in the Chinese smart phone market, key Chinese tech firms you probably haven’t heard of yet, the future of technology product development in robotics and automation, and what countries like the United States could do in response to China’s innovation drive.

Hosted by Will Colson. Audio edited by Liz Mayes. Written and produced by Jeffrey Bean. learn more, visit our China Innovation Policy Series site here:

Jun 05, 2017
The Fat Tech Dragon: Baseline Trends in China's Innovation Drive
This is the first of seven reports of CSIS's China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS), a joint project of the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the Technology Policy Program to analyze the relationship between Chinese policy and commercial performance in advanced technologies. This report analyzes China’s innovation record across a range of areas, including finance, knowledge creation, and commercial performance. Following a presentation of the report’s key findings, the panelists will discuss the report as well as the broader issues regarding China’s innovation drive.

Follow this link to learn more about the report and track ongoing technology and innovation developments in China on the CIPS website .

May 25, 2017
Foreign Investment and National Security: Does CFIUS Need Expanded Powers?
The policies, rules, and business norms that worked in the past for export control and foreign investment into the U.S. may no longer be adequate to manage the challenge U.S. firms presently face from managed economies. This is particularly true in the IT sector, where nations are developing well-financed strategies to create a domestic industry intended to displace U.S. and other foreign suppliers. The long-term viability of the managed economy model is an open issue, but in the near or mid-term, it creates new risks for U.S. companies and, potentially, for national security.

CSIS will host a discussion on the role of foreign investment in strategic competition with managed economies. Panelists will discuss the impact of national industrial policies on the international markets, and how U.S. policy and investment strategies might adapt to foster innovation, mitigate national security risks, and level the playing field for economic competition.
Apr 06, 2017
Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. Administration
On March 22, 2017, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) convened in Washington, DC the fourth conference in its Space Security series, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This year’s gathering, entitled "Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. Administration," provided an opportunity to understand the issues facing the Trump Administration in the space domain.

The topics of this year’s conference included:

  • Space Crisis Dynamics
  • Cooperation in Space and Missile Defense
  • The Future of Space Launch
  • Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management

Speakers included:

  • Vice Admiral Charles A. Richard, Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • Jim Bridenstine, U.S. House of Representatives, Member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Robert Kehler, Gen (USAF, ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  • John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
  • Roger W. Robinson Jr., Chairman and Co-Founder, PSSI
  • Jana Robinson, Director, Space Security Program, PSSI
  • Thomas Karako, Director, Missile Defense Project, CSIS
  • Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project, CSIS
  • Rear Admiral Jon Hill, Deputy Director, Missile Defense Agency
  • Peter Hays, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
  • William LaPlante, Vice President, Intelligence Portfolio, National Security Engineer Center, MITRE
  • Brian Weeden, Senior Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation
  • Victoria Samson, Director, Washington DC Office, Secure World Foundation
  • Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
  • Brett Alexander, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Travis Langster, Vice President, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI)
  • Kazuto Suzuki, Professor of International Political Economy, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense- Industrial Initiatives Group, CSIS
  • Zack Cooper, Fellow, Japan Chair, CSIS
  • Bhavya Lal, Research Staff Member, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
  • Shuji Maeda, Political Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
  • John D. Schumacher, Vice President, Washington Operations, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Colonel Géraud Laborie, Air Ataché, Embassy of France
  • Claes Hansen, European Space Agency

Mar 22, 2017
Cyber Disrupt 2017
Cyber Disrupt 2017 is the premier event on cybersecurity in Washington, D.C. The summit will feature keynotes, interactive debates, and panel discussions on strategies, policies, and technology practices for Congress and the Administration that will be disruptive to the current status quo and improve cybersecurity.
This keynote session will address lessons learned from the last decade, evaluate existing cybersecurity frameworks, and discuss what the new Administration will do on cybersecurity.
Frances F. Townsend, Executive Vice President, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
New applications and devices are being designed with features that present challenges to traditional investigative techniques used by law enforcement. As a result, other means of gaining access to digital evidence such as expanding law enforcement authorities to hack endpoints have been a topic of much discussion. Experts will weigh the privacy, public safety, and security equities of new proposals to facilitate lawful access to digital evidence.

John Lynch, Chief, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice 
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology
Rajesh De, Partner, Mayer Brown; former General Counsel, National Security Agency
Moderator: Susan Hennessey, Fellow, National Security in Governance Studies and Managing Editor, Lawfare, Brookings Institution

Significant national cybersecurity incidents in the last year reflect a growing willingness by nation-state adversaries to use cyber tools to conduct cybercrime and espionage, threaten personal information and company data, and commit politically coercive cyber acts. Experts will assess the changing international security environment and potential responses to increased hostility in cyberspace.

Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
James N. Miller, President, Adaptive Strategies LLC; former Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
, Senior Vice President, CSISJames A. Lewis Moderator:

                          CSIS will provide lunch to all registered participants.

The Tech Talks will feature expert remarks on emerging cybersecurity and technology issues. 

12:30 Threats and Opportunities with IoT Security
Matt Hartley, Director, ForeScout Technologies

12:50 Current Threat Landscape
Scott Montgomery, Vice President, Chief Technical Strategist, Intel Security

Moderator: William A. Carter, Associate Director, Technology Policy Program, CSIS
As Internet of Things devices continue to spread and new technologies like AI and quantum computing become commercially available, how should policymakers and industry leaders adapt to the changing environment for digital security and privacy? 

Nuala O'Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology 
John Launchbury, Director, Information Innovation Office, DARPA
Daniel Weitzner, Founding Director, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
Moderator: Denise E. Zheng, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Program, CSIS

In recent years, a series of high-profile breaches demonstrated that traditional network defenses alone are not enough to prevent attackers from accessing and exploiting sensitive data. For government agencies and private companies, developing an organization-wide crisis response strategy is just as important as strengthening network defenses. This panel will discuss...

Mar 15, 2017
Wikileaks Exposes the CIA
This week Wikileaks published a trove of documents purported to show the tools used by the CIA to hack smartphones, TVs and other Internet connected devices. To explore what this means for the average consumer as well as intelligence agencies worldwide we hear from Jim Lewis the director of the CSIS Tech Policy Program. Hosted by Colm Quinn.
Mar 10, 2017
Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity

  Despite persistent efforts to defend against them, cyber criminals continue to have the upper hand against defenders. Organizations across the globe are spending more than ever to manage cyber risk, but attackers continue to get through.


CSIS commissioned a survey of 800 companies across multiple countries and major industry sectors, and interviewed technical experts and law enforcement officials on the underground hacker economy to understand the incentives that shape attackers’ and defenders’ behavior in cyberspace. Our report examines how misaligned incentives, both within organizations and between attackers and defenders, put defenders at a disadvantage, and highlights some of the key lessons that defenders can learn from adversaries in order to improve their cybersecurity.

Breakfast will be provided starting at 8:00 a.m. and the event will begin at 8:30 a.m.​

Mar 01, 2017