The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies held a special conference, A National Cyber Doctrine:  The Time Is Now, on Tuesday, December 4, at The National Press Club. The event featured the release of the new book from the Potomac Institute Press, #CyberDoc: No Borders - No Boundaries.  The book is co-edited by Potomac Institute CEO and Chairman Michael Swetnam and by Timothy Sample, Vice President and Sector Manager for Battelle Memorial Institute’s Special  Programs Organization, who also serves as a member of the Institute’s Board of Regents.  The book is available on  click here for the Amazon listing.

Panelists at the December 4 event addressed the urgent need for a cyber doctrine to guide US policy in an era of proliferating cyber challenges to our national security, even as Congress and the White House struggle to find a way forward.  Formulating such a doctrine is made more complicated by the numerous "gray areas" in which national and private interests overlap, lack of clarity about which government entities should assume responsibility for cyber security, and the limited utility of past paradigms (such as the circumstances surrounding creation of a nuclear policy) in the current climate.  Click on the attachment to read a transcript of the event.




Michael Swetnam
CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies


Timothy Sample
Vice President and Sector Manager
Battelle Memorial Institute Special Programs Organization

Jamie Barnett, RDML USNR (Ret.)
Senior Vice President
National Security Policy
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Ronald Marks
Intelligence Enterprises, LLC

Barry Pavel
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council  

Amb. David Smith (Ret.)
Potomac Institute Cyber Center


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