Countering Subversive Strategic Competition Conference

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Join us on September 18th, 2023 for the Countering Subversive Strategic Competition Conference.

In an era of global strategic competition, how can the U.S. combat illicit and predatory activities backed by peer adversaries? How can free countries protect the global commons and preserve the rules-based international order?

At this conference, leaders from across the U.S. government, allied nations, industry, and NGOs will present their most pressing challenges and propose innovative courses of action using fiscal and regulatory tools, law enforcement, information, and lawfare to fight aggression from adversary-backed sub-sovereign and non-state actors.

Through solution-oriented panel discussions and Q&As, conference participants will discuss operations, actions and investments that leverage interagency capabilities and authorities to fight and win—today.

The conference will kick off a series of interagency working groups focused on combating illicit and predatory behavior by peer adversaries, hosted at the National Defense University.

Panels & Speakers Program

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome by Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, President, National Defense University

Remarks by Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party


Session 1: Countering SSC through Regulatory Enforcement

Mr. Jorge Comas, Director, Counter-Network Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Tony Long, CEO, Global Fishing Watch 

Rear Admiral Nathan Moore, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Deputy Commander

Vice Admiral Andrew Tiongson, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander


JADE SPEAR and the Challenge of Subversive Strategic Competition

Mr. Dave Katz, SOCOM J35, CEO Daracom US

Mr. Will Kirkman, Acting Director, MITRE Center for Strategic Competition




Session 2: Countering SSC Using the Political-Economy

Mr. Harry Bader, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA)

Philip Martin, Director, Federal CIO Advisory, KPMG

Ms. Molly McCoy, Associate Deputy Undersecretary, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor



The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd, AC
Australia’s Ambassador to the United States


RemarksDr. Cassandra Lewis, Chancellor, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University


Session 3: Countering SSC Using Information

Mr. Esteban Castaño, CEO, TRM Labs

Rear Admiral (retired) Michael Studeman, U.S. Navy

Mr. Justin Warner, Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center




Remarks: Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Ranking Member, House Select Committee on Strategic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party


Session 4: Countering SSC Using Lawfare and Legal Norms

Commander Tim Boyle, National Security Law Chief, INDOPACOM Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Jarod Baker, Co-Founder, Pacific Economics

Mr. David Hogan, Director, Office of Marine Conservation, Department of State

Mr. Nicholas Renzler, Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP


Session 5: International Perspectives on Countering SSC

Ambassador Roxanne Cabral, Senior Vice President, National Defense University

Jeff Graham, Member, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State

Captain Malick Ndiaye, Defense Military Naval and Air Attaché, Embassy of Senegal

Mr. Gastón Schulmeister, Director, Department Against Transnational Organized Crime, Organization of American States


Closing Remarks: 

Dr. Jill Goldenziel, Professor, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University

Captain Michael Guldin, U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Dave Katz, SOCOM J35, CEO Daracom US



In-person space is limited. Virtual participation will be available.

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The conference is generously co-sponsored by NDU, the NDU Foundation, MITRE, Oceans 5, and TRM Labs.

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CSSC Organizers:

Dr. Jill Goldenziel (Lead Organizer), College of Information and Cyberspace

CAPT Michael Guldin, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Liaison to U.S. Special Operations Command

Mr. David Katz, President and CEO, Daracom; U.S. Special Operations Command

Mr. Will Kirkman, Acting Director, Center for Policy and Strategic Competition, MITRE


NDU Planning Team and Co-Sponsoring Components:

Prof. Michael Brody, DHS Chair, College of Information and Cyberspace

Prof. Glenn Baek, Department of the Treasury Chair, National War College

Dr. Elena Pokalova, College of International Security Affairs

Asst. Prof. Gary Casey, Joint Forces Staff College

Asst. Prof. Lee Rudacille, Joint Forces Staff College

Dr. Stephen Irwin, Joint Forces Staff College

Dr. Stephen Brent, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

Captain Paolo Afonso, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Dr. Patrick Paterson, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies