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Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

A CSIF project aiming to provide a foundation for the U.S. government and policy community to better understand cyber-enabled economic warfare.

With new cyber attacks reported daily, the need for improved cyber security has permeated policy and popular debates. And yet, there is still a gap in U.S. strategic thinking: Information technology developments are being adapted to cause economic damage. The fundamental drivers of this threat landscape are clear. Cyber-enabled economic warfare is escalating because opportunities for conducting it, thanks to new technologies, are rapidly expanding and potential gains from its successful pursuit are enormous. Both the U.S. and its adversaries are responding to and shaping the battle space and international norms through their choices. Yet little is being done to analyze emerging dynamics and threats to the U.S. and its allies.

CSIF’s cyber-enabled economic warfare project aims to promote a greater understanding within the U.S. government, private sector, and allied countries of the threats and opportunities that the new environment poses and assist policymakers develop and implement a winning strategy for the United States within this domain.



The project is led by Samantha Ravich, member of CSIF’s Board of Advisors and former deputy national security advisor to the Office of the Vice President and co-chair of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Ravich is the editor of a two volume monograph on the evolving challenge of cyber-enabled economic warfare. FDD CEO and expert on economic sanctions Mark Dubowitz and CSIF Chairman and former deputy national security adviser for combatting terrorism Juan Zarate are serving as senior advisors to the project.

The project is also guided by a senior advisory group (read full bios) including: 

Stewart Baker – John P. Carlin – Steven Chabinsky – Frank Cilluffo – Rajesh De – Karen Evans –
Nick Fishwick CMG – Gen. Michael V. Hayden –Todd Hinnen –Michael Hsieh – Jamil Jaffer – Jeffrey Johnson – Sean Kanuck – Herbert Lin – David Shedd – Rhea Siers – Kiron Skinner – Matthew Spence –
V.S. Subrahmanian – Mark Weatherford

Expelling Digital Demons from U.S. Sensitive Supply Chains

16th August 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Expelling Digital Demons from U.S. Sensitive Supply Chains

Samantha F. Ravich

The open manner with which U.S. national security enterprises bid for goods and services can be exploited by U.S. adversaries seeking to inject counterfeit or malicious components into sensitive electronic hardware. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th October 2017 – Quoted by Kevin D. Freeman - Global Economic Warfare

When the IT Supply Chain is Compromised “Inside the Wire”

Samantha F. Ravich

The term “inside the wire” generally suggests a zone of safety. Going outside the wire suggests being at risk. But what happens when the enemy gets inside the wire? Extreme threat. more...

19th August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Francis - Bitcoinist

Pentagon Looking To Draft Blockcain Technology For Security Purposes

Blockchain technology has proven itself to be invaluable for many different applications and now the Pentagon is looking at using blockchain technology to vastly bolster national security. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Pentagon eyes bitcoin blockchain technology as cybersecurity shield

Samantha F. Ravich

Used by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the shadowy online currency bitcoin may soon be drafted by the Pentagon as a way to shield U.S. military technology, communications and purchases. more...

14th August 2017 – The Hill

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Blockchain technology may give Russia its next Sputnik moment

Yaya J. Fanusie, Boris Zilberman

Using blockchain technology, Russia may have just taken a massive leap forward in cryptography that needs more attention. more...

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