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In the News: Potomac Institute is focus in Cyber Security Policy article - National Defense Magazine
Amb David Smith, Potomac Institute Cyber Center director, was featured as cybersecurity policy expert in an upcoming (June) article of National Defense Magazine. The article discusses the President's executive order aimed at guarding critical infrastructure in private hands from cyber-espionage and attacks:
“With the possible exception of the electricity grid, there are no bigger targets than the defense industrial base,” said former Ambassador David J. Smith, who now serves as the director of the Potomac Institute’s Cyber Center. The institute is an Arlington, Va.-based think tank.
The widespread theft of intellectual property from U.S. defense firms by hackers in China and Russia are operations of strategic importance, Smith said.
“We are talking about nation states targeting the U.S. government and the holders of its intellectual property,” he said. China and Russia are trying to equalize their technology with the United States and cannot do it on their own.
...The problem can be tackled without strict laws, Smith said. Industry is saying, “Please don’t give us a bunch of rules and regulations that are going to be outdated literally before the ink dries,” he said.
Technology moves fast. Congress moves slowly. It is best to have broad mandates, he said.
The legislation should set up performance-based goals companies should meet, and make them structure their solutions so their defenses against network intrusions can be tested. But they should be free to come up with their own ideas, Smith said.
There are some positive signs this year as lawmakers again try to pass cybersecurity legislation, he said.
Potomac Institute Welcomes Michael Shank, Senior Fellow
Michael Shank is now a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is the former Staff Director for Minority Members, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives.
Previously, Mr. Shank was the first NSA/CSS Representative to USCYBERCOM. As the senior advisor, he provided technical knowledge, insight and leadership to optimize NSA/CSS enterprise support to USCYBERCOM and their service components. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Deputy NSA Chief of Staff for Cyber and was responsible for Cyber Strategy and Policy and for NSA/CSS support to planning for USCYBERCOM.
He is viewed as an imaginative theorist and operational planner for the employment of Cyber and Intelligence operations. As a direct outcome of his contributions, the NSA/CSS and the U.S. CYBERCOMMAND served as key sources of technical expertise and operational capability for projecting power and conducting defense in cyberspace.
Potomac Institute was front and center at TEDx Tblisi! Cyber-security expert and our own Associate Academic Fellow Khatuna Mshvidobadze examined the rapidly changing world of cyber security, linking day-to-day computing to the world of cyber-warfare. She is an Associate Academic Fellow at the Potomac Institute Cyber Center in the US and a Senior Associate at the Georgian Security Analysis Center.
Check it out! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjS9ns1G1ek
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Gordon Keiser is Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute
The Potomac Institute welcomes Col Gordon Keiser, USMC (ret) as a Senior Fellow. Prior to joining the Institute, he was at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Quantico, VA, and worked at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He retired from the Marine Corps as an infantry colonel in 1989. After retirement, he worked from Jan. 2006 to Nov. 2012 as a senior engineer/analyst at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, VA. From April 2000 to May 2005, he was Senior Editor, Proceedings magazine, and Deputy Seminar Manager at the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD. From Sep. 1989 to March 2000, he was Director of Operations and Deputy Seminar Manager at the Naval Institute.
Potomac Institute welcomes Ken Hamilton, Senior Fellow
CAPT Ken Hamilton, USNR (ret) has joined Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Fellow. He has had a distinguished career both as a naval officer and as an expert in DoD acquisition management. He is the founder and President of the KENTIA Management Group, Inc (KTMG) a private engineering management consulting firm supporting various major DoD Acquisition Programs and industry clients.
He has served the principle strategic management advisor to ACAT I acquisition programs and served as a founding member and acquisition management subject matter expert for OSD’s Systems of Systems Center of Excellence (SOSECE), whose charter was to apply the latest tenets of systems science to the development of methodologies for streamlining the DoD acquisition process. Mr. Hamilton is also the co-founder and President of Mission Technology Systems, LLC (MTS) which is the manufacturer of small tactical unmanned aerial systems (STUAS).
- Dr. Hank Orejuela, Ph.D., Joins Potomac Institute's Board of Regents
- Tom O'Leary is Named to Board of Directors
- Mr. John C. Johnson is Named Member of the Board of Regents
- Gail Clifford named to Potomac Institute Board of Directors
- Securing Syria's chemical arms would carry huge risks
- Marine Corps Times Lt. Gen. William Faulkner
- The Honorable H. Lee Buchanan, PhD, is named Member of Board of Regents
- Potomac Institute featured in Sunday Business Post article on Boston Marathon bombing
- Refugeeism: Humanitarian and Strategic Challenges
- Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight
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Editors: Michael Swetnam and Tim Sample
- "Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight" April 17 April 17, 2013 (15:00 - 16:00)
- ICTS: Combating Hizballah's Global Network April 04, 2013 (12:00 - 14:00)
- Brown Bag Lunch: Featuring CNS Visiting Scholars' Presentations August 09, 2012 (12:00 - 13:00)
- Combating Olympic Terrorism: National and International Lessons July 25, 2012 (12:00 - 14:00)
- Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare and Impacts on the Western World May 11, 2012 (12:00 - 14:00)
Equipment Reset: Getting the Marine Corps Down to Fighting Weight, on Wednesday, April 17, 3 - 4 p.m, at Potomac Institute of Policy Studies. Event will be lead by LtGen William M. Faulkner, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and...
Combating Hizballah’s Global Network, Thursday, Apr 4, 12-2
Hosted by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
At the Potomac Institute, 901 N. Stuart St, Ste 200
Inter-University Center for...
Brown-Bag Lunchtime Lecture Series
Thursday, 9. August 2012
2nd Floor Conference Room
CNS Summer Visiting Scholars' Research Lectures
Ilona Brueckmann, Carnegie-Mellon University, PA.
Realities Amongst Myth: Constructs of...
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies will host a panel discussion, Combating Olympic Terrorism: National and International Lessons, on Wednesday, July 25, at the Institute. Registration is required. Contact...
The Potomac Institute Cyber Center will host a special program on Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare and Impacts on the Western World on Friday, May 11, from 12 noon-2 pm at the Institute, 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 200, Arlington, VA...