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

0800-0830
Registration & Breakfast

0830-0845
Welcome by Lieutenant General Michael T. Plehn, President, National Defense University

0850-0900
Remarks by Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition with the Chinese Communist Party

0930-1030

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

0905-0925

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

1035-1050

Break

1055-1155

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

1200-1230

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

1230-1330
Lunch

1330-1335
RemarksDr. Cassandra Lewis, Chancellor, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University

1335-1435

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

1435-1445

Break

1445-1455

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

1455-1555

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

1555-1655

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

1655-1700

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

1700

Reception

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.

For more information or press, please contact cssc@ndufoundation.org.

 

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