Event: InfoWarCon April 23-24

Next week is InfoWarCon, a conference to discuss “theoretical and practical changes and uses of Information Operations/Information Warfare, Cyberwar, Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy.” Giving keynotes are LTG Thomas F. Metz, Director, JIEDDO, (title: “IO: The Great Enabler") and the Honorable James Glassman, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (title:"Can a 'Conversation' Win the War on Terror?").

The conference is two days, April 23-24, and in Washington, DC. Check their website for registration details. The panels promise to be interesting. Check them out below:

  • Cyberwarfare: 2008 Russian Invasion of Georgia chaired by Dr. Irving Lachow, Professor, National Defense University. Panelists Include:
    • Rafal Rohozinski, Principal Investigator, Information Warfare Monitor and The SecDev Group.
    • Jeffrey Carr, Principal of GreyLogic LLC and Principal Investigator for Project Grey Goose
    • Eneken Tikk, Head of Legal Team, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence
  • Innovation Beyond the Pillars moderated by Dr. Dan Kuehl, Director of the Information Strategies Concentration Program (ISCP), Information Resources Management College, National Defense University. The “dueling experts” are
    • Mr.Winn Schwartau, The Security Awareness Company
    • Dr. Martin C. Libicki, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
    • Dr. Lani Kass, Chairman's Senior Policy Advisor OCJCS
  • The New Arab Media and Information Environment chaired by John Matheny, National Defense University, contributing author Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication. Panelists are:
    • Hisham Melhem, Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya Network
    • Dr. Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
    • Mr. Austin Branch, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Plans, Information Operations & Strategic Studies, OSD, Pentagon
    • Leon Shahabian, Vice President & Corporate Treasurer, Layalina Productions
  • Strategic Communication in a Global Information Environment chaired by me, Matt Armstrong. The panelists are:
    • Mr. Shaarik Zafar, DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division
    • MAJ Matt Morgan, OSD Public Affairs
    • Dr. Christopher Paul, RAND Corporation, author of Enlisting Madison Avenue and Information Operations
    • Mr. Robert Cassilly, DoS, Stability Operations Division, Foreign Services Institute
  • IO: A Warfighter’s Perspective moderated by CAPT Michael Hewitt, USN, US Department of Defense, Assistant Deputy Director for Information Operations, J39, Joint Staff. Panelists include:
    • LtGen Richard F. Natonski, COMMARFORCOM
    • Air Commodore Graham Wright CBE, UK Chief of Defence Staff Officer to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Mr. Austin Branch, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Plans, Information Operations & Strategic Studies, OSD, Pentagon
  • Homeland Psychological Defense moderated by Mr. Thomas Owens, Executive Vice President, Strategic Influence Alternatives, Inc.. Panelists Include:
    • Mr. Mats Ekdahl, Director-General, Swedish Ministry of Defence
    • Jack Guy, COL, USA (Ret), CENTCOM JPOTF Commander/Former 2nd POG commander
    • Col Joseph Heimann, USAF, Apellate Judge, US Air Force
    • Col Frederick “Bits” Bacon, USAF, Chief, Information Operations Division, North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command.
  • US Cybersecurity moderated by Mr. Richard Forno, Principal Consultant, KRvW Associates, Co-founder, Outbreak Security. Panelists are:
    • Mr. Pieter “Mudge” Zatko – L0pht member, testified to a Senate committee in 1998 that they could bring down the Internet in 30 minutes
    • Mr. James “Jim” Christy - Director of Futures Exploration for the Department of Defense Cyber Crimes Center (DC3)
    • Ms. Christine A.R. MacNutly, FRSA, President & CEO, Applied Futures
    • Mr. Robert Gourley, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Crucial Point LLC
    • Mr. Tim Rosenberg, CEO, Whitewolf Security
  • The Media and Information Dispersal in Afghanistan – Why Is This Exactly Different From Iraq? chaired by Mr. Assad Mattin, SOSi Senior Analyst, former Ambassador from Afghanistan to the UN. Panelist are:
    • Chris Stewart, The Gallup Corporation, Senior Director for Defense & Intelligence Programs
    • Dr. Brian Williams, Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    • Ali Younes, veteran Middle East analyst and commentator
  • Chinese Information Warfare: Chinese and US Perspectives with Chinese and US panelists:
    • Dr. Zhang Zhexin, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
    • Mr. Charles Hawkins, independent consultant and senior analyst specializing in Chinese Affairs
    • Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, LTC, USA (Ret.), Senior Analyst, US Army Foreign Military Studies
    • Mr. Kevin C. Coleman, Strategic Management Consultant, Technolytics
    • Rafal Rohozinski, Principal Investigator, Information Warfare Monitor and The SecDev Group

The panel Chinese Information Warfare: Chinese and US Perspectives will still be interesting even though several of the Chinese will no longer be attending (such as the authors of Unrestricted Warfare).