The China Cyber Challenge
Speaker: Dr. James Mulvenon , Director, Center for Intelligence Research & Analysis, DGIContact:
Date: April 22 2010
Time: 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Location: 32-D463, MIT
Host: Roger Hurwitz, CSAIL
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China is a unique cyber challenge for the United States, since it is both a potential computer network operations threat as well as the source of nearly all of world’s IT equipment. This talk will first examine the China cyber issue at the strategic level, assessing the current trends in cyber security, state-level use of computer network operations, and Sino-US relations. These trends have naturally catalyzed big policy questions in Washington, including early thinking on cyber deterrence, compellence, escalation control, war termination, and the proper roles for strategic dialogue and possibly even multilateral arms control. Finally, the presentation will address the “long game” structural issues with China, including supply chain, CFIUS, infrastructure ownership, global Internet governance, and IT standards development.
James Mulvenon is Vice-President of DGI’s (Defense Group, Inc.) Intelligence Division, as well as co-founder and Director of its Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, where he has recruited and trained a team of nearly twenty Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Russian, and Korean linguist-analysts performing cutting-edge contract research and analysis for the US intelligence community. Previously, Dr. Mulvenon was a Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Washington, DC and Deputy Director of RAND's Center for Asia-Pacific Policy, where he built a team of ten Chinese linguist-analysts providing research for the Department of Defense and the US Government. A Chinese linguist and a specialist on the Chinese military, his current research focuses on Chinese cyber isssues, C4ISR, defense research/development/acquisition organizations and policy, strategic weapons doctrines (computer network attack and nuclear warfare), patriotic hackers, military leadership and corruption, and the military and civilian implications of the information revolution in China. His book Soldiers of Fortune (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001), examines the rise and fall of the Chinese military’s multi-billion dollar business empire. Dr. Mulvenon received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
This seminar is part of a continuing series sponsored by Explorations in Cyber International Relations. MIT's Building 32 is located at 32 Vassar St.,Cambridge, MA.
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