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Will the Next World War Start in Cyber Space?

Sep 24, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Global Engagement and Leadership Cybersecurity Series

VIP Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

P.W. Singer
Cybersecurity and 21st Century Warfare Expert
Strategist and Senior Fellow,
New America Foundation


In 2010, a tech company investigating the inexplicable failure of centrifuges at Iran’s nuclear enrichment plant made a startling discovery: the plant’s computers had been infected with a malicious virus that would become known as “Stuxnet.”

Widely believed to have been created by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, Stuxnet was arguably the first salvo in the world’s next battlefield – cyberspace.

Since that time, talk of the U.S. becoming the target of a cyber Pearl Harbor or a digital 9/11 has become rampant. Dismissed by some as alarmist rhetoric, it doesn’t help that every day seems to bring news of yet another cyber attack on U.S. interests, some of which have been attributed to foreign governments. Are we in the midst of a cyber arms race?

These attacks – though perhaps not amounting to acts of war – have nonetheless highlighted the cyber vulnerabilities of the U.S. Could the U.S. withstand a true cyber war? What would such a war look like? Are there rules for cyber combat? Does the availability of cyber weapons alter the balance of power in international relations?

VIP: $50 (includes admission to pre-event reception; priority seating; signed copy of Ghost Fleet; and a special opportunity to meet the speaker)
General Admission: $30
World Affairs Council Member: $25
Student (with I.D.): $20
Group rates available; call 412-281-7055

Copies of Ghost Fleet will be available for purchase at the event.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

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Learn more about P.W. Singer and cyberwar

The Defense Wonks Who Just Killed the White Paper,” Rob Kunzig  Morning Consult, September 8, 2015

How to Write About World War III,” P. W. Singer and August Cole – The Atlantic, June 30, 2015

Author Warns U.S. Military to Focus on China,” Dion Nissenbaum – The Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2015

The Reality of Cyberwar,” P. W. Singer and August Cole – Politico  Magazine, July 9, 2015

Peter Warren Singer, recently named one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, is a Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm, and a contributing editor at Popular Science. Dr. Singer is considered one of the world’s leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has consulted for the U.S. Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, and is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

Dr. Singer is the author of multiple award-winning books, including Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. His most recent book, Ghostfleet: A Novel of the Next World War, debuted in June to rave reviews. It melds nonfiction style research on emerging trends and technology with a fictional exploration of what war at sea, on land, in the air, space, and cyberspace will be like in the future.

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