The Art of Cyber Conflict
Sun Tzu meets Michael Hayden. In a very provoking and highly insightful manner, BTI Fellow, Henry J. Sienkiewicz applies “The Art of War” to the issues of operating and defending in cyberspace. With a fresh perspective, it allows individuals and organizations get beyond the day-to-day and to think strategically about how to recognize, remediate, and respond to the emerging threats through the application of Sun Tzu’s timeless framework to the emerging cyber domain.
“The Art of Cyber Conflict” provides a common language and reference model that all parties, technical/non-technical, management/non-management, can use to understand underlying threats. It centers on the topic of how to think about the problem of cyber, the noun that has become shorthand for a wide range of disparate topics to include the network, systems, applications, and digital devices; conflict in cyber; cyber conflict; cybersecurity; and cyber safety.
The BTI Institute Hosts Orientation of BTI Fellows
The BTI Institute hosted its first orientation for BTI Fellows on Wednesday, May 10, in Houston.
The BTI Fellows are highly experienced and eminently qualified subject matter experts that serve to significantly expand the capabilities and expertise of the Institute's faculty and staff. These BTI Fellows provide expertise in a wide variety of topic areas working from locations throughout the United States - addressing homeland security issues pertaining to our Northern and Southern borders, coastal regions, territories, and critical infrastructure.
Twelve distinguished subject matter experts in topic areas of border security, intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, violent gangs, project management, organizational leadership, exercise development and evaluation, and continuity of operations, received briefings on the BTI Institute and current initiatives. The Fellows engaged in discussions with the BTI Institute’s Director Ioannis Kakadiaris and Kevin Clement, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, on how best to expand the institute’s capabilities and capacities for further research.
In the future, these BTI Fellows will be engaged, as needed, to work on BTI Institute initiatives. The Fellows serve in part-time positions, where individuals are asked to perform a wide spectrum of functions and projects. These include such tasks as:
- “Red Team” activities for proposed plans and initiatives
- Consultation in their subject areas of expertise
- Critical review of concepts and proposals
- Representation of the BTI Institute at meetings and conferences
- Exercise planning, facilitation, and evaluation in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
- Special projects
Applicants for BTI Fellowships are required to provide their resume and five professional references (name, title, work address, telephone number, and email address) to the BTI Institute’s Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships. New applicants for BTI Fellowships will be screened every six months by a review panel composed of members of the BTI Institute. Selected applicants will then be interviewed via phone or by teleconference prior to participating in final interviews and orientation at the BTI Institute.
Point of Contact: Kevin Clement, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, KClement@uh.edu; (713) 743-1676; (512) 626-5413 (cell)