Assessing Emerging Cyber Challenges
The March 2013 Knowlton forum featured a sophisticated technical demonstration on emerging cyber security threats, followed by a discussion on the way in which organizations in government and the private sector can best defend against evolving challenges. Panelists included Mark Young, Executive Director of Plans and Policy at U.S. Cyber Command, and Bob Stasio, Praescient’s Director of Cyber Analytics, and former Remote Operations Center Chief of Operations.
Countering Illicit Finance Networks
The Knowlton forum in October 2012 focused on the role of technology in supporting innovative strategies to counter threat finance and related transnational threats. Speakers for the session were David Asher, former Senior Advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and coordinator of the North Korea Working Group at the State Department; and Celina Realuyo, former Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
Evaluating Threats from Iran
The first Knowlton Project session in May 2012 examined the threats emerging from Iran, from the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program to its support for militant groups across the Middle East. The session featured a discussion with Frederick W. Kagan, Director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project, and Colin Kahl, former Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.
Who Was Knowlton?
Praescient’s Knowlton Project is named in honor of Thomas Knowlton, America’s first true intelligence professional. Knowlton fought in the French and Indian War and later served as a Colonel during the American Revolution. At the behest of George Washington, Knowlton formed an elite unit of reconnaissance troops that reported directly to Washington and played a critical role in shaping the outcome of the conflict. Knowlton was killed in battle in September 1776, but his contributions can still be seen across the U.S. intelligence and defense communities today.
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