What Does China Want?

April 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): McMaster, H. R. (Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former National Security Advisor of the United States) Date: 23 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! Briefing Materials Our speaker’s briefing materials will be posted here on Thursday 22 April 2021.

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Success and the Ethics of Operations In the Information Environment

April 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Omand, D. (Kings College London; Former Director, GCHQ; First UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator); Rid, T. (Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies); Casebeer, W. (Director, Riverside Research); Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, University College London, and New America) Date: 21 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording […]

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Innovation Amongst Allies Now—Greater Than the Sum of the Parts

April 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Finkelstein, A. (Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security, UK); Hancock, C. (Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security, UK); Grayson, T. (Director, Strategic Technology Office at DARPA, US); Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, University College London, and New America) Date: 20 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary Forthcoming! Speaker Session Recording Also forthcoming! […]

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Russian Influence Operations (IPb) In 2021: Status and Expectations Through Geopolitical Assessment

April 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Vartanova, O. (Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC)) Date: 14 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker session with Dr. Olga Vartanova (Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC)) as a part of its SMA IIJO Speaker Series. Dr. Vartanova emphasized that while Russia is enigmatic and seems erratic in its information operations (IO), its actions […]

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Transitioning to COVID-19’s Next Phase: National Security Risks and Opportunities Now

April 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Wessely, S. (King’s College London; Former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists); Omand, D. (Former Director, GCHQ; First UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator); Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, University College London, and New America) Date: 13 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a panel discussion with Sir Simon Wessely (King’s […]

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Geoeconomics Revisited

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Speaker(s): Luttwak, E. (Strategist & Historian) Date: 8 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker series session with Dr. Edward Luttwak (Strategist & Historian) as a part of its SMA INSS/PRISM Speaker Series. During his brief opening remarks, Dr. Luttwak stated that China is one of only a few countries who truly practice geoeconomics, […]

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Deepfakes: The National Security Threat in Context

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Speaker(s): Bateman, J. (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Cyber Policy Initiative); Hwang, T. (Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)); Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center, University College London, and New America) Date: 7 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker series session with Mr. Jon Bateman (Carnegie Endowment for […]

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Challenges and Opportunities of Advances in Satellite Technologies: A National Security Perspective

March 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Rubin, L. (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology); Borowitz, M. J. (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology); Stewart, B. (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia institute of Technology); Lightsey, G. (School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology) Date: 2 April 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a […]

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Disrupting China’s Digital Silk Road

March 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Hillman, J. (Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS]) Date: 31 March 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker series session with Mr. Jonathan Hillman (CSIS) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. Mr. Hillman explained that China is expanding its influence in both its near and far abroad in a similar manner […]

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Can Democracy Survive in an Age of Information War?

March 2021 No Comments

Speaker(s): Pomerantsev, P. (Johns Hopkins University) Date: 30 March 2021 Speaker Session Summary SMA hosted a speaker series session with Mr. Peter Pomerantsev (Johns Hopkins University) as a part of its SMA IIJO Speaker Series. Mr. Pomerantsev began by highlighting a phrase that he believes relates well to Russia’s concept of information: “The most dangerous idea in information […]

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