Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti


Enrique Oti, representing the US Air Force, is a national security affairs fellow for the academic year 2014-15 at the Hoover Institution.

Lieutenant Colonel Oti earned his undergraduate degree in history from the US Air Force Academy; he holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a master’s degree in international relations from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar.  He is a qualified cyber operations officer and regional affairs strategist (China) and has served in a variety of positions, including network operations, influence operations, strategic communication, and China strategy.  Most recently, he commanded an intelligence support squadron that supports the processing, exploitation, and dissemination of intelligence from the U-2 and RQ-4.  His research interests include Russian and Chinese policy and strategy for international cyber development and operations, as well as the US intelligence community’s use of emerging technologies.    

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Deterrence Has to Be Lethal

by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Otivia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 16, 2015

Cyberwar is real war, which means strategists must develop ways to punish—and yes, to kill—those who wage it.

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Analysis and Commentary

Spotlight On Cyber V: Back To The Future Of Internet Governance?

by Scott J. Shackelford , Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti, Jaclyn A. Kerr, Elaine Korzak, Andreas Kuehnvia Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In that seminal 1980s Hollywood picture, Back to the Future: Part II, the characters travel to the future from 1985 to a then distant 2015 replete with flying cars, hover boards, and instant pizza.
Analysis and Commentary

Boldness Is Needed For The Military Cloud Revolution

by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Otivia Signal
Friday, May 1, 2015

The business community reaped the benefits of migrating to cloud architectures in both economic efficiency and customer interface, and it is not going back. Defense Department information technology systems are economically unsustainable, but the department only now is catching the revolutionary spirit of the cloud, and adoption is slow and not in line with advances in the commercial sector.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Do The Chinese Hack? Fear

by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Otivia War on the Rocks
Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Chinese government is scared of the Internet.  They are scared of the foreign ideas that it brings into China; they are scared of how it enables the Chinese people to spread knowledge about government corruption; and they are especially scared of how it was used during the “color revolutions” and the “Arab Spring.”

Analysis and Commentary

Cybersecurity Summit: Want To Stop Attacks? Use 'Vicious Diplomacy'

by Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Otivia Fox News
Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Friday, February 13, President Obama will travel to Silicon Valley to engage with business and academic leaders in the tech community as part of a push to ensure a robust national cybersecurity posture that emphasizes strong defenses and resilient networks.