The Evening CSIS April 24 2015
April 24, 2015
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter stood up to cyber adversaries yesterday, laying out the administration’s new strategy for cyberwarfare in a speech at Stanford University . As David Sanger reports for the New York Times, the strategy not only lists the countries that pose a threat, but “for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker.”
You can download the official 33-page “DOD Cyber Strategy” here.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Denise Zheng, senior fellow and deputy director of the Strategic Technologies Program, has this Critical Questions piece outlining the three things you need to know about the strategy from a cyber perspective.
And in this Critical Questions piece – “Secretary Carter Wires in to Silicon Valley" –Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group director Andrew Hunter digs even deeper to provide the defense industry perspective and to answer the question will these initiatives get the job done?
Today the chairmanship of the eight-member Arctic Council formally passes from Canada to the US, where it will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry.
As the Washington Post reports, the US leadership comes amid increased climate pressures that are creating new environmental challenges, as well as new economic opportunities and competition in the region.
Dive Deeper: Last week, CSIS’s Heather Conley, who is widely regarded as one of the top Arctic experts, published this useful primer, Recommendations for the US Arctic Council Chairmanship.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, who represents Alaska and chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources spoke at CSIS last Friday, giving an address on “The Arctic Agenda on the Eve of the US Chairmanship.”
The Council on Foreign Relations also offers this interactive guide and timeline on “The Emerging Arctic.”
In that Number
The number of people who participated in a march against xenophobia in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Source : BBC News.
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: As part of the new cyber operations strategy, what types of cyber technologies will DOD invest in building?
Answered: Denise Zheng, senior fellow and deputy director of the CSIS Strategic Technologies Program: Currently, the development of cyber capabilities across the military is relatively uncoordinated, with each military service branch building its own cyber platforms and tools. The result is redundant systems not well aligned with mission needs and requirements. The new cyber strategy outlines an initiative to develop a unified platform for cyber operations that will integrate disparate cyber platforms and capabilities. This will require significant investments in building interoperable and scalable architectures and tools that can be deployed in a range of different operational environments.
Integrating cyber capabilities into military planning and operations will also require improvements in command and control technologies for cyber operations, as well as network modeling and simulation tools and predictive analytics to test, evaluate, and improve cyber plans before execution. Technologies to improve early detection of cyber threats, network resilience, and data recovery are other areas where DOD will focus development efforts.
One to Watch
This week Kimberly Flowers joined CSIS as director of the Global Food Security Project, where she will examine the impact of food security on US strategic global interests. Prior to joining CSIS, Flowers was the communications director for Fintrac, where she focused on hunger eradication and poverty alleviation through agricultural solutions. She also served at USAID, leading strategic communications for Feed the Future. She will host her first CSIS event on May 5 with Senator Robert Casey.
The Weather Channel has these incredible images of lightning striking within the spewing lava of Chile’s Calbuco volcano, erupting for the first time in more than 40 years.
So far this year, 1,600 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, and authorities fear that the number will grow as warmer weather comes. This Time piece explains Europe’s deadly migrant crisis.
Watch video of today’s events at our HQ.
The CSIS Global Health Policy Center hosted a major conference on comprehensive prevention and control of cervical cancer, and released an important new report, HPV Vaccination in Japan: The Continuing Debate and Global Impacts, outlining the vaccine controversy in Japan and recommendations on how to move forward.
Dive Deeper: Mr. Devin Wenig, president of eBay Global Marketplaces, joined CSIS for a keynote and the rollout of a new CSIS report, Fueling the Online Trade Revolution: A New Customs Framework to Facilitate Small Business Commerce and Security.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ on Monday.
CSIS will host a conference on “Partnerships for Family Planning in Senegal: Lessons for U.S. Policy,” featuring a keynote by Dr. Awa Coll Seck, Senegal’s minister of health and social action, as well as the release of a new CSIS video illustrating the story of family planning in Senegal. Join us at 10:00 a.m.
This Town Monday
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
GWU will host a discussion with Middle East scholars on “Insurgency in the Middle East and Its Threat to the United States” at 9:00 a.m., featuring CSIS’s Jon Alterman, SVP and director of the Middle East Program, among others. Click here for more.
CSIS on Demand
Yesterday, CSIS hosted its inaugural Global Development Forum. This short animated video shows how public-private partnerships, capacity building, and innovative financing create sustainable development opportunities and are key factors in strengthening US foreign policy.
Looking ahead to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States, CSIS Japan Chair Michael Green and CSIS Simon Chair Matthew Goodman discussed US defense collaboration in Asia on the latest CogitAsia Podcast.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
Ahead of tomorrow’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the Internet is gearing up with the best of comedian and host Cecily Strong, who may be best known for her hilarious role on Saturday Night Live as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party.” And just as funny is MSNBC’s list of Obama’s best jokes from previous years.
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