James Jay Carafano

James Jay Carafano

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Friday, January 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Ashbrook Center at Ashland University


“Defense and Technology: 

What the Future of Cyber Warfare Holds for Us”

Summary: The future cyberwar will be crowded, fast, and likely to escalate.

  • The barriers to entry for offensive cyber capabilities are low and the field of cyber actors is getting crowded.
  • AI and other automation will drive cybersecurity and offensive cyber capabilities to be faster, more agile, and increasingly autonomous.
  • As more actors participate and as cyberwar speeds up, the risk for unintended consequences, miscalculation, and escalation goes up too.

James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is the vice president of The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow. He directs Heritage’s team of foreign and defense policy experts on the front lines of international affairs.

Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher. He has published many books including, Surviving the End, which addresses emergency preparedness, and Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World, a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security.

Carafano is a 25-year Army veteran who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service’s highest-ranking officer. He is also president of a nonprofit organization, Esprit de Corps, which educates the public about veteran affairs.

As an expert on foreign affairs, defense, intelligence and homeland security issues, Carafano has testified many times before Congress. From 2012 to 2014, Carafano served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council convened by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A graduate of West Point, Carafano holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University. He also holds a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

Carafano is a regular guest analyst for major U.S. network and cable television news organizations, from ABC to Fox to MSNBC to PBS, National Public Radio, and the History Channel. From SkyNews to Al Jazeera, he also has appeared on TV news programs originating in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iran, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Vietnam.

Carafano’s op-ed columns and commentary are published widely, including the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Washington Times, and Forbes.