This Week in D.C.: Think Tanks Host Events on China and AI, Utilities Cybersecurity and Technology Supply Chains

By IPWatchdog
September 30, 2019

https://depositphotos.com/15257991/stock-photo-view-on-capitol-in-washington.htmlThis week in Washington D.C., the Congressional hearings schedule is empty as both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives enter work periods. However, Monday kicks off with a pair of think tank events on global technology issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council. The Brookings Institution hosts a pair of tech-related events this week—one focused on threats to democracy through digital capitalism and the other exploring how tech policy has altered the U.S.-China relationship. Other events include a look at securing supply chains for information and communication technology at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a look at the future of the Marine Corps at The Heritage Foundation.

Monday, September 30 

Center for Strategic and International Studies 

China’s AI Innovation Ecosystem

At 1:00 PM on Monday at CSIS Headquarters, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

This event, part of CSIS’ China Innovation Policy Series, focuses on China’s efforts to achieve dominance in artificial intelligence (AI) innovation and the impact of those efforts on China’s technological rivalry with the United States. A discussion on these issues will feature experts including Kaiser Kuo, Host and Co-Founder, The Sinica Podcast, and former Director of International Communications, Baidu Inc.; William Carter, Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Technology Policy Program; Paul Triolo, Practice Head – Geotechnology, Eurasia Group, and China Digital Economy Fellow, New America; Naomi Wilson, Senior Director of Policy, Asia, ITI; and Helen Toner, Director of Strategy, Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

Atlantic Council

Reenergizing Transatlantic Space Cooperation in Security and Beyond

At 4:30 PM on Monday at Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, D.C. 20005.

This event, part of the Atlantic Council’s Defense-Industrial Policy Series, will explore an issue brief regarding U.S. and European cooperation in space security to accomplish increased space resiliency, improved space operations and a stronger space supply chain. The issue brief will be presented by its author: Stephen Ganote, Managing Director, Avascent. This event begins with keynote remarks by Scott Pace, Executive Secretary, U.S. National Space Council. It also features a discussion with a panel including Ganote; Stephen Kitay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, U.S. Department of Defense; Jean-Luc Bald, First Secretary for Space, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Laurent Jaffart, Space Strategist and Vice President, Business Development, Airbus Defense and Space; and Robert Canty, Vice President, Constellation Management and Protection, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jacqueline Feldscher, National Security and Space Reporter, Politico.

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Tuesday, October 1

The Brookings Institution 

Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

At 1:00 PM on Tuesday at The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

The rise of digital capitalism has thrown a new light on the global divide between those of higher and lower economic status and has challenged the traditional structures of democracy by encouraging populistic forms of democratic engagement. This event features a discussion with Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels, Co-Founders of the Berggruen Institute and co-authors of Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism. That discussion will be moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Executive Editor, Pulitzer Center, and Washington Columnist, The Boston Globe. Opening remarks at this event will be given by Bruce Jones, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy.

Thursday, October 3 

The Heritage Foundation 

A Conversation With the Commandant: Designing a Force for Future War

At 9:00 AM on Thursday at The Heritage Foundation, Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

This summer, General David Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, issued a Commandant’s Planning Guidance that sets forth a plan for reorienting the Marine Corps to handle the evolving threats that they will encounter in future war scenarios. This event, co-hosted by the Marine Corps University Foundation, features a conversation with General Berger and Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, The Heritage Foundation.

Friday, October 4 

Atlantic Council

The State of OT Cybersecurity in the Utilities Industry

At 9:00 AM on Friday at Atlantic Council.

The threat of cyber attacks on the utility sector and energy infrastructure has been rising in recent years. This event will explore issues of security gaps in operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) and how those vulnerabilities can be addressed. The event will begin with keynote remarks by Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group, and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. The event also features a discussion with a panel including Trey Herr, Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; Jack Huffard, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Tenable; Dante Martins, Cybersecurity Technology Strategy Director, The AES Corporation; Shapor Naghibzadeh, Co-Founder, Chronicle Security; and Leo Simonovich, Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, Siemens. The panel discussion will be moderated by Melanie Kenderdine, Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Toward Trustworthy Information and Communications Technology Suppliers

At 1:00 PM on Friday at 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Information and communications technologies (ICT) are becoming critical to government and industry sectors for providing various services but global tensions and commercial competition have created supply chain issues. This event will feature a look at a report on ICT supply chain integrity authored by Ariel Levite, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Along with Levite, speakers at this event will include Mark Chandler, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Cisco; and Bobbie Stempfley, Managing Director, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute CERT Program.

The Brookings Institution

The U.S.-China Technology Relationship in Flux

At 1:00 PM on Friday in the Saul/Zilkha Room, The Brookings Institution.

U.S.-China technology policy has dominated news headlines in recent months thanks to actions such as U.S. sanctions on Chinese tech companies ZTE and Huawei. Tensions between the two countries’ goals of technological dominance in areas such as AI and quantum computing has contributed to reduced collaboration between universities in China and America. This event features opening remarks from Ryan Hass, The Michael H. Armacost Chair, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center. Following those remarks will be a discussion with a panel including Henry Farrell, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Can Huang, Professor and Head, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy, and Co-Director, Institution for Intellectual Property Management, Zhejiang University; Abraham Newman, Director, Mortara Center for International Studies, and Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government, Georgetown University; Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security, and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations; and Yeling Tan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon. The discussion will be moderated by Ryan Hass, The Michael H. Armacost Chair, Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center.

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