New Directions for National Defense

John Arquilla – July 22, 2020

Defending against Pandemics, Cyberwarfare and Foreign Subversion

COVID-19 has revealed the vulnerability of the US – and other countries – to “mass disruptive” events. We need to think in new ways about national security. Not just about the biological threat of the moment, but about how environmental upheavals can impose enormous costs and exact a great toll on a society. Cyber attack is likely to be less destructive, but can do heavy economic damage – and disrupt commercial, governmental (including electoral) and military functions. Foreign subversion can disrupt our democracy.

Foreign Policy Magazine has listed John Arquilla among the world’s “Top 100 thinkers.” He earned his degrees in international relations from Rosary College (BA 1975) and Stanford University (MA 1989, PhD 1991). He worked as a consultant to General Norman Schwarzkopf during Operation Desert Storm, as part of a group of RAND analysts assigned to him, and, during the Kosovo War, assisted deputy secretary of defense John Hamre. He has been teaching in the special operations program at the United States Naval Postgraduate School since 1993 and currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis.

He has written numerous books including his most recent Why the Axis Lost (2020);  Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits: How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World (2011); and Afghan Endgames: Strategy and Policy Choices for America’s Longest War (2012).  Dr. Arquilla is also the author of more than one hundred articles dealing with a wide range of topics in military and security affairs in leading academic journals and in general publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired and The New Republic.

The Rae Dorough Speaker Series presentation by John Arquilla previously scheduled for Thursday, March 12 in Livermore’s Bankhead Theater was postponed in the interest of public health and safety. Professor Arquilla’s presentation was given on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm as a moderated online event presented via Zoom. Click here for a YouTube link if you would like to see this interesting presentation.

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