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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

15th June 2018 – The Hill

Trump must still hold North Korea accountable for cyberattacks

Trevor Logan, Mathew Ha

Following the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore earlier this week, Kim Jong Un has temporarily halted ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing in exchange for President Trump pausing its maximum pressure campaign. Meanwhile, Pyongyang’s cyberattacks against South Korea have intensified. In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD research associates Trevor Logan and Mathew Ha point out how this is just one example that exposes Kim’s “two-faced diplomacy.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

12th June 2018 – Fortune Magazine

How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility

How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced an agreement to resolve a dispute with Chinese telecom company ZTE, which had violated U.S. sanctions by supplying sensitive technology to Iran. Rather than face a crippling ban on purchasing equipment from U.S. companies, ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion in fines—an unprecedented penalty from Commerce—and place $400 million in escrow to pay for any future fines the company might incur. more...

12th June 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Kremlin Disinformation Effort Is More Than Just Facebook

John Cappello

Russia’s disinformation campaign isn’t just a marketing problem for Facebook or a series of nuisance bots on Twitter. It’s a concerted effort to not just disrupt Western liberal institutions, but to actually manipulate narratives that affect foreign policy decision-making. more...

25th May 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Elimination of NSC Cybersecurity Post Weakens Interagency Coordination

Elimination of NSC Cybersecurity Post Weakens Interagency Coordination

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council (NSC) staff. This decision comes at a time when cyber threats are expanding and the federal government needs the interagency process to help coordinate the implementation of new cyber strategies. more...

21st May 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Nothing but Net: Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Podcast: Nothing but Net: Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host Clifford D. May is joined by Dr. Samantha Ravich, a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as well as a principal investigator for FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project, to discuss CEEW, and what must be done to combat it. more...

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