Is the United States prepared to respond to cyber threats?

Is the United States prepared to respond to cyber threats?

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat that can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

On Tuesday, February 5, at the first lecture in the Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters-sponsored 2019 Great Decisions lecture series, Gary D. Brown, Professor of Practice in the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, will speak on cyber operations law and policy. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Williamsburg Regional Library, Scotland Street, after refreshments at 9:45 a.m. A 30-minute question and answer period will follow.

Professor Brown has authored several articles and book chapters related to cyber warfare, including "Commentary on the law of cyber operations and the DoD Law of War Manual," in The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual Commentary and Critique (2018) and "Spying and Fighting in Cyberspace," Journal of Nat'l Security Law & Policy (2016). "He was the official U.S. observer to the drafting of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (2013) and is a member of the International Group of Experts that authored the second edition of the Tallinn Manual. Prior to assuming his current position, he worked as a Cyber Policy and Strategy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Staff J5 Cyber Policy Division; was Professor of Cyber Security at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia and Head of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Washington Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He also served 24 years as a judge advocate with the United States Air Force.

For 36 years, the League of Women Voters of the Williamsburg Area has offered the national civic-education Great Decisions program, a series of eight lectures that highlight eight critical foreign policy challenges, to area residents. The speakers, experts on global issues identified by the Foreign Policy Association, are usually from Virginia or the Washington, D.C. areas.

The remaining schedule and topics for the 2019 series are:
Feb. 12 Nuclear negotiations: Back to the Future?
Feb. 19 The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Feb. 26 The United State & Mexico: Partnership Tested
Mar. 5 The Rise of Populism in Europe
Mar. 12 Decoding U.S.-China Trade
Mar. 19 State of the State Department & Diplomacy
Mar. 26 Refugees and Global Migration

This "largest discussion program on world affairs in America" provides background information and reading materials for audience members who have registered in advance. Attendance is capped at library capacity and the series is fully-subscribed. Check www.lwvwilliamsburg.com for information on $10 stand-by tickets that may be available at the door. Questions, Bobbie Falquet, bobbie.falquet@gmail.com.

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