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“The new strategic environment requires new approaches to deterrence and defense.” 

- US National Security Strategy, 2007

Strategic Cyber Deterrence Conference
November 1-2, 2007
Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, Vienna, VA
Contact Info: Betsy Lauer (703 247 9473)

Conference Chair Tom Fuhrman and AFEI President Dave Chesebrough interviewed on Federal News Radio on Cyber Deterrence here


Cyber attacks on commercial and government networks and information systems are growing at a pace that exceeds our ability to defend against them. Organized attacks, perpetrated by nation states, terrorists and criminals represent a serious threat to national security.

The purpose of this conference is to examine the question of whether deterrence concepts, known and acknowledged in more traditional conflicts, can be applied to the cyber realm to dissuade potential adversaries from attacking U.S. networks. The outcome of the conference will give insights into the potential policy implications of Strategic Cyber Deterrence as a means of reducing cyber attacks.


Thursday, November 1

Conference Presenations:

  • Thomas Fuhrman, AFEI Conference Chairman - Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Leon Fuerth, George, Washington University
  • General Larry Welch, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Dr. Joseph Markowitz, Private Consultant
  • Dr. Martin C. Libicki, RAND
  • Dr. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. Sy Goodman, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ron Ritchey,Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dr. Susan K. Numrich, Institute for Defense Analyeis
  • Dr. James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Ms. Elaine Bunn, NDU
  • Mr. Ted Warner, Booz Allen Hamilton
Friday, November 2

Conference Presenations:


AFEI has partnered with the following organizations for the purpose of examining deterrence in the context of 21st century cyber threats:

Professionals for Cyber Defense

The Cyber Conflict Studies Association


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