IT’S TIME TO REFORM THE U.S. VULNERABILITIES EQUITIES PROCESS

The intelligence community has always suffered under a perplexing dilemma. Should an organization act on intelligence and save the day, but possibly expose the source, the methods or even worse the individual by which the info was obtained, or should it suffer the immediate threat in order to preserve the information stream? Is there some far greater threat in the future that might be detected and prevented or maybe never seen until it’s too late? To determine when to act on cyber intelligence the U.S. government follows an internal executive branch policy called the Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process, more commonly known as the VEP. WAR ROOM welcomes Amy Gaudion to make the case that the time is right to make necessary changes in VEP to safeguard all aspects of U.S. cybersecurity.

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART VI: PARANOIA AND PRIVACY

Every border you cross, purchase you make, call you dial, friendship you keep, site you visit…is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not. Edward Snowden A major facet of the Information Apocalypse is the cumulative erosion of personal privacy. The Surveillance Apocalypse has been sneaking up on […]

SANCTIONS IN THE CYBER DOMAIN: OLD WAYS WON’T WIN TODAY’S WARS

Generals always fight the last war. Ever heard this saying? Turns out this adage, dating back to at least 1929, describes not only the famously disastrous French Maginot Line defenses in World War II, but it also refers to the contemporary use of antiquated policies in a rapidly changing world. In applying economic sanctions to […]

WHY AN AIR FORCE? TOWARD NEW THINKING ON SERVICE ARCHITECTURE

War Room welcomes Dr. Rob Farley, author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force, to discuss and critique the National Security Act of 1947 which included the establishment of an independent Air Force. Was it wise to separate the Air Force from the Army and pursue an unrealized promise of airpower solving national security problems on its own? Is the interservice rivalry that followed more destructive than helpful – and did the Goldwater-Nichols Act do enough to mitigate it? What can one learn from the establishment of an independent air force when considering new or emerging domains such as space or cyber? These and other questions are debated under the moderation of Dr. Mark Duckenfield, Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College.