With pressure rising in D.C. over the investigation into the Russian interference in our elections and with nations like France, the Netherlands, and Germany looking to the U.S. as a test case to prepare for attempted foreign interference in their own elections, the issue of cybersecurity – and the lack thereof – has again raised its head in a tangible, pressing manner. This is no longer an issue for watercooler-fodder and it can’t be left to ivory tower contemplations.

While we, at Fletcher, have long recognized the need for a comprehensive strategy to address cyber threats both offensively and defensively, that need for the U.S. to step up and lead the development of a “Cybersecurity Doctrine” is now resonating at the highest levels. That’s why I was on The Hill yesterday morning to testify in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside longtime friends and colleagues, Generals James Clapper and Michael Hayden, about cyber policy, strategy, and organization.

Click below to watch the hearing: 

Development of a plan and internationally accepted doctrine for cyber warfare – not unlike establishing the Law of the Sea – will take time, but we must begin the process now. The cybersecurity issue is not going away anytime soon. And it is one that Fletcher’s faculty and students will continue to tackle both in the classroom and in practice.

As always, thanks for reading.

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