National Security and Technology Congressional Briefing Series

The Hoover Institution in Washington proudly presents the National Security and Technology Congressional Speaker Series. This monthly event series will feature Hoover Institution fellows to discuss the impacts of technology on U.S. national security.

Wednesday, January 30th
Bytes, Bombs and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations
Featuring Amy Zegart and Herb Lin
Senate Visitor Center (SVC) 210/212

Bytes, Bombs, and Spies, co-edited by Hoover fellows Amy Zegart and Herb Linis the first book to take a strategic examination of offensive cyber operations and features contributions from over twenty leading policymakers and academics. At this briefing, New York Times senior writer David Sanger with moderate a conversation between Zegart and Lin, followed by an audience Q&A.

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Friday, November 30th
Nation-State Threats, Collective Defense, and Strategic Deterrence in Cyberspce: (How) Can We Get Better Fast?

Featuring Jamil Jaffer
Senate Dirksen 562

Jamil Jaffer is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and is the founder of the National Security Institute at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Jaffer also serves as Vice President for Strategy & Business Development at IronNet Cybersecurity. Previously, Jaffer has served in multiple senior staff positions on the Hill, in the White House, and in the Justice Department. 

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Thursday, November 15th
The Battle for the Soul of the Internet
Featuring Alex Stamos
Senate Dirksen G-50

Alex Stamos is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Prior to joining Stanford, Stamos served as the chief security officer of Facebook, where he was charged with understanding and mitigating information security risks to the company.

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Tuesday, October 25th
Deepfakes: Overview and Options for Policy Makers
Featuring Andrew James Grotto
House Visitors Center (HVC) 201

Andrew J. Grotto is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William J. Perry International Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, both at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Grotto was the Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House in both the Obama and Trump Administrations.

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Wednesday, September 26th
Innovation, Defense and Working with Silicon Valley
Featuring Raj Shah
Senate Russell 253

Raj Shah is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From May 2016 until February of this year, Shah served as the managing partner of the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which helps bring cutting edge technology from the private sector to the Pentagon. In addition to this and his success in cybersecurity in the private sector, Shah was also a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as an F-16 pilot in the US Air National Guard. 

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Monday, June 25th
Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance
Featuring Admiral James Ellis, Jr, T.X. Hammes, Jim Hoagland, and Lucy Shapiro 
Senate Russell 253

Decision makers are watching as a surge of new technologies begin to take hold of nearly every industry. Some techniques have enabled engineers to create systems that will make us more productive. However, using big data and artificial intelligence to automate complex tasks also threatens to disrupt routine professions and cognitive work. Beyond Disruption's contributors explore the impact of this wave of technological advancement on society and national security.

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Monday, June 18th
A Strategic Look at the Commander's Vision from U.S. Cybercommand
Featuring Herb Lin
House Cannon 121

Herb Lin is a senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hank J. Holland Fellow in cyber policy and security at the Hoover Institution. He is also chief scientist emeritus for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, at the National Research Council of the National Academies. Before the NRC, he was a professional staff member and staff scientist for the House Armed Services Committee.

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Wednesday, May 9th
Blockchain 101: Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts and Beyond
Featuring John Villasenor
Senate Dirksen 562

John Villasenor is on the faculty at UCLA, where he is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management, and a visiting professor of law. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Villasenor leads a Department of Homeland Security-funded research project at Stanford directed to improving cybersecurity for U.S. critical infrastructure.

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Monday, April 30th
The Promise and Peril of Active Cyber Defense
Featuring Irving Lachow
House Cannon 121

Irving Lachow is a Hoover Visiting Fellow, and has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of technology and policy issues, with the last 15 years being primarily focused on cybersecurity. He has worked on and led a number of projects across a range of cyber policy and technology areas for the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and the Department of State. 

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Tuesday, March 27th
U.S. Policy Toolkit for Kaspersky Labs
Featuring Andy Grotto
Senate Dirksen 342

Andrew J. Grotto is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William J. Perry International Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, both at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Grotto was the Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House in both the Obama and Trump Administrations.

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For more information on this series, please contact the Washington External Affairs team:

rwald [at] stanford.edu (Russell Wald) - Senior Manager of External Affairs
afclark [at] stanford.edu (Andrew Clark) - External Affairs Assistant