Martin Libicki, Ph.D.
Senior Management Scientist
RAND Corporation
Arlington, VA

Cyber 9/11: Race to React

Abstract:  If a cyber-9/11 takes place, there will be tremendous pressure to respond, both at home and overseas (if the attack appears to implicate another country).  Potential responses at home may include changes in the nature of the Internet or the rules under which people can interact with the Internet.  Potential responses overseas may range from pressure to hostility, retaliation, and even war.  As with the real 9/11, the consequences of the U.S. reaction may be far more substantial than the event itself. This talk will examine and evaluate the wisdom of some possible consequences to a cyber-9/11.

Biography:  Martin Libicki (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley 1978) has been a senior management scientist at RAND since 1998, focusing on the impacts of information technology on domestic and national security. He wrote two commercially published books, Conquest in Cyberspace: National Security and Information Warfare, and Information Technology Standards: Quest for the Common Byte and numerous monographs, notably Crisis and Escalation in Cyberspace, Global Demographic Change and its Implications for Military Power, Cyber-Deterrence and Cyber-War, How Insurgencies End (with Ben Connable), How Terrorist Groups End (with Seth Jones), and (as editor) New Challenges New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking. His most recent assignments were on the subjects of international demographics, biometrics and multi-factor authentication, organizing the Air Force and DHS for cyber operations, exploiting cell phones in counter-insurgency, and assessing multiple DARPA programs. Prior employment includes 12 years at the National Defense University, three years on the Navy Staff as program sponsor for industrial preparedness, and three years for the GAO. He has also received a master's degree in city planning from U.C. Berkeley (1974).