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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

11th July 2017 – Mentioned by Dan Cummings - ETHNews

FDD and CPRI Research Blockchain For Supply Chain Protection

Manufacturing supply chains will play a huge role in advancing globalization into the future. However, just as in any other industry, supply chain management has its faults. Hidden behind the guise of legitimate trade partners, rival states can endanger the national security of their contenders. more...

11th July 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Protect the National Security Industrial Base

Samantha F. Ravich

Cyber-enabled economic warfare is not limited to the use of digital networks for surveillance, theft, and sabotage. An emerging national security challenge related to the globalization of manufacturing supply chains is the phenomenon of attacks in which substandard, counterfeit, or maliciously-modified electronic components are introduced into the hardware on which the national security industrial base (the “NSIB”) operates. more...

7th July 2017 – Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Tom Winter - NBC News

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants

Juan Zarate

Russia is suspected to be behind recent hacker intrusions at American power plants, including at least one nuclear facility, two U.S. officials told NBC News. more...

30th June 2017 – Quoted by Alyssa Schmitt - Cleveland Jewish News

Israel Bonds Cleveland Women’s Division raises $1.4 million

Samantha F. Ravich

The Israel Bonds Cleveland Women’s Division hosted its annual sponsors luncheon. more...

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