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A Transatlantic Dialogue on Military Cyber Operations

August 13, 2019  |  ALL DAY  |  Amsterdam


Two workshops took place on August 13 and August 14 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The workshops were invitation only. 

August 13, 2019

The Strauss Center and Stanford University convened a “transatlantic dialogue” workshop designed to improve American and European military, civilian, and academic experts’ understanding of ongoing changes in cyber policy and practice. The new U.S. Cyber Command vision statement and the 2018 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy appear to reflect a fundamental reorientation in strategic thinking, as does a related set of developments involving changes in interagency vetting for military cyber operations. Collectively, these much-publicized changes have led to concern in some quarters. To the extent that this concern reflects misunderstandings, this carefully-moderated workshop has the potential to do considerable good through trustworthy clarifications. At the same time, a growing number of European states are seeking to conduct military cyber operations. Yet, little is known about their cyber rules of engagement and doctrines. This event sought to provide much needed insight into the strategic development of these states.

The workshop sought to enhance understanding among American and European military, civilian, and academic experts in 5 specific areas: 

1) Changes in theoretical, doctrinal, and legal frameworks for military cyber operations across the Atlantic.

2) The ends, ways and means of persistent engagement and defend forward.

3) The risks involved in implementing strategic doctrine.

4) The procedures and implications of out-of-network operations in allied networks.

5) Avenues for coordination and cooperation amongst allied countries.

August 14, 2019

In collaboration with the Texas National Security Review (TNSR) and War on the Rocks, the Strauss Center and Stanford University held a paper workshop inviting scholars and experts to present and discuss new research in the field of cyber conflict and policy. 

Participants included senior government, military, and intelligence officials as well as a number of academic and other non-governmental experts, hailing from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia and France. 

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