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Next War Online: Using Cyber Games to Understand Emerging Threats

September 12, 2023 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

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Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for a discussion on the importance of cyber wargames and exercises. As the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, it has become difficult for public and private sector entities to adequately anticipate and prepare for different types of threats that might impact their networks and trust in their respective institutions. That’s where cyber games come in. Today’s cyber games not only help educate players about the nature of different types of threats, but they also allow participants to clearly identify how they might adjust their real-world incident response plans to enhance resilience and mitigate the consequences of certain threats.

The program will start with a presentation on a recent CSIS cyber exercise that was designed to show how different types of experts are thinking about future threats and challenges to federal networks. Following the presentation, Dr. Ben Jensen (Senior Fellow for Gaming, Future War, and Strategy, CSIS) will moderate a panel that will showcase the advancements in cyber game design and the importance of these exercises to government, industry and academia. The panel will include Lt. Col. William Chesarek (Senior Program Manager, General Dynamics Information Technology), John J. Foti (Public-Private Partnership Wargame and Exercise Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton), Dr. Nina Kollars (Associate Professor, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College), Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider (Director, Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative, Hoover Institution), and Yasir Atalan (Graduate Fellow, Center for Data Science, American University). 


This event is made possible by the generous support of Gray Space Strategies.

Contact Information

William Chesarek

Senior Program Manager, General Dynamics Information Technology

John Foti

Public-Private Partnership Wargame and Exercise Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton

Nina Kollars

Associate Professor, Cyber & Innovation Policy Institute, U.S. Naval War College

Jacquelyn Schneider

Director, Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative, Hoover Institution

Benjamin Jensen

Senior Fellow for Future War, Gaming, and Strategy, CSIS

Abdullah Yasir Atalan

Graduate Fellow, Center for Data Science, American University


Introduction & CSIS "Shadow Table" Presentation

1:00 pm


1:10 pm

Featuring Will Chesarek, John Foti, Nina Kollars, Jackie Schneider, Yasir Atalan, and Ben Jensen (moderator)

Closing Remarks

2:25 pm