Sometime between the summers of 2009 and 2010, a computer worm that came to be known as Stuxnet destroyed about 1,000 centrifuges at Iran's Natanz (nuclear) Fuel Enrichment Plant.  The mission hinged upon superb intelligence, keen understanding of how the Natanz facility worked, and perfect delivery.  Stuxnet was historic because it fulfilled the century-old quest for exquisite targeting that began with the advent of powered flight.  Smith combines history and contemporary developments to weave a strategic fabric with important future implications.

Amb. David J. Smith, Senior Fellow and Cyber Center Director, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, opened the discussion.  Mr. John Toomer was commentator; Toomer is Director of Intelligence, Information and Cyber Systems, Government Operations, The Boeing Company.  Mr. Toomer is a retired USAF Colonel with extensive experience in cyber matters.  He was also Associate Professor at the US Army Command and Staff College where he taught courses on the development of airpower.


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