Military leaders are being forced to reevaluate basic strategic concepts in order to manage warfare in the new domain of cyberspace, where attacks by state and non-state actors, protected by the anonymity the internet affords, are a constant peril.
Dramatic changes in the organization, methodology and doctrine of the American defense establishment are underway. Personnel are being urgently trained in the skills required to defend the homeland against cyberattacks, develop our own offensive capabilities and promptly identify the origin of specific intrusions. As the National Security Agency seeks to fulfill its responsibility to detect terrorist threats, the broad sweep of its activities, and its collaboration with the private sector, have raised major civil liberties issues.
Michael McNerney helped draft the Obama administration’s comprehensive legislation on cyber issues and participated in the establishment of the groundbreaking Defense Industrial Base Enhanced Cybersecurity Service Program. Trained as a lawyer, he also worked in the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel on internet-related matters.
This program is co-sponsored by the Marin Chapter of the United Nations Association.
Speaker: Michael McNerney, Former Cyber Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense