Michèle Flournoy co-authors report with Avril Haines and Gabrielle Chefitz, “Building Trust through Testing”

"The United States is at an inflection point in an age of mounting transnational threats, unprecedented global interdependence, and resurgent great power competition. This moment is taking place in the context of a technological revolution that exacerbates the challenges we face while simultaneously offering potential solutions, providing breakthroughs in climate, medicine, communications, transportation, intelligence, and many other fields. Many of these breakthroughs will come through the exploitation of artificial intelligence (AI) and its related technologies—chief among them machine learning (ML). [...]

2021-05-20T18:37:36-04:00October 6, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Avril Haines quoted in Foreign Affairs article, “When the CIA Interferes in Foreign Elections”

"'If the United States were identified as having promoted disinformation or tampering with votes in an election, it would undermine our credibility and our policy efforts, given how inconsistent such actions would be with the values we promote, which are at the heart of our soft power,' said Avril Haines, a former deputy CIA director. 'The same is not true for Russia...'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-06-26T08:48:55-04:00June 21, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Avril Haines interviewed in Brookings webinar, “Inspired to Serve – The Future of Public Service”

"On May 4, in honor of Public Service Recognition Week, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, in partnership with the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, hosted a webinar to highlight the critical role of service. Following welcome remarks by Brookings President John R. Allen and Commission Chairman Joseph J. Heck, Brookings Senior Fellow Fiona Hill moderated a conversation between Allen, Heck, Commissioner Avril Haines, and Brookings Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill. Questions from the audience followed the discussion..." Watch [...]

2020-05-29T13:07:15-04:00May 4, 2020|News|

WestExec Partners, Principals, and Senior Advisors featured in the Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. Foreign-Policy Experts Call for Cooperation With China on Coronavirus”

"A large group of prominent American foreign-policy experts, including former high-ranking White House officials from both parties, is calling on the Trump administration to work more closely with China to stem the coronavirus epidemic..." Read the full article here: Full Article

2020-04-14T13:34:55-04:00April 3, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Avril Haines quoted in WGBH article, “Senate Report Faults ‘Paralysis’ By Obama Team On 2016 Russian Election Scheme”

"'The missing details of these interactions are critically important because of what happened next,' [Sen. Ron] Wyden wrote. 'I believe that warning the public about a foreign influence campaign should not depend on the support of both parties, particularly when one of the parties stands to gain politically from that campaign.' Obama's administration did, however, and Wyden quotes then-deputy national security adviser Avril Haines as saying that the absence of a bipartisan condemnation from Congress 'tempered our response options...'" Read the [...]

2020-02-24T15:30:59-05:00February 6, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Michèle Flournoy and Avril Haines speak at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Conference

"Current and former government officials spoke at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence conference in Washington, DC. During this portion, foreign affairs experts, including former Obama administration Defense Under Secretary Michèle Flournoy and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, discussed how the world is approaching the growth of artificial intelligence in the world and the importance for the U.S. to lead on it’s growth and implementation while fostering strong international cooperation..." Watch the full discussion here: Full Discussion

2019-11-08T15:31:46-05:00November 5, 2019|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Avril Haines on The Lawfare Podcast discussing U.S. Offensive Cyber Operations

"From the Washington Post’s February report that U.S. Cyber Command took a Russian disinformation operation offline on the day of the 2018 midterms to fight election interference, to the Pentagon’s announcement last year that it would take more active measures to challenge adversaries in cyberspace, recent news about cyber operations suggests they are playing an increasingly important role in geopolitics. So how should the public understand how the United States deploys its cyber tools to achieve its goals? "To help answer [...]

2019-08-22T12:26:09-04:00May 28, 2019|News|

Lisa Monaco and Avril Haines featured in Hewlett’s recap of Verify 2019 conference

"Former Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco said that 'if you look at the threat actors as basically aligned in a drag race—nation-states, non-state actors, hacktivists, criminal groups—my sense is that the nation-states have far and away set themselves apart,' adding that they are 'increasingly using cyber means as a tool of geopolitical one-upsmanship.' Examples such as Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections attest to that point and show that operational sophistication and tradecraft has improved... This increased sophistication has [...]

2020-04-07T17:30:15-04:00May 2, 2019|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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