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Cyber warfare operators participate in a cyber security competition

Modern Deterrence Autumn Conference

Oliver Major
Conference Reports, 9 December 2019
Military Sciences, Modern Deterrence, National Security
A report of the Modern Deterrence Autumn 2019 conference organised by RUSI's Modern Deterrence project in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The conference, the third organised by RUSI’s Modern Deterrence project, took place on 13 November 2019 at RUSI in London in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. As a result of late withdrawals by UK members of parliament Jeremy Hunt, Madeleine Moon and Damian Collins – necessitated by the just-called 12 December general election – the speaker lineup had quickly been reconstituted. The conference featured a strong list of European and American speakers covering a wide range of issues. Beginning with a keynote by Dan Eliasson, Director-General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), the panels looked at the role of defence and offence in:

• The deterrence of greyzone aggression, recognising that today’s aggression is often of a non-kinetic nature and directed against civil society.
• Communicating such greyzone deterrence capabilities.
• Climate change as a national security threat, and how to deter aggression that exploits climate change.

A full list of speakers is available here: <>. The event was conducted under the RUSI rule; issues discussed off the record during the Q&A sessions are therefore included but not attributed.

BANNER IMAGE: Cyber warfare operators attend a security workshop. Courtesy of R.J. Biermann/US Air Force

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