2018 Berkley Lecture: The Future of Cyber Conflict
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The IRC is proud to present Katherine Charlet as the 2018 Berkley Lecturer. Inaugural director of the Technology and International Affairs Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and former acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, Ms Charlet will present on cyber security and policy. Tickets ($30, students; $38, IRC members; $45 general admission) are available through January 31. Please read on for more details.

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
11:30-1:00 (Registration at 11:00)
Where: Grand Street Café
4740 Grand Ave.
Kansas City, Missouri  64112
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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About the Berkley Lecture

The Eliot S. Berkley Lecture was founded in 1996 and brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Eliot S. Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC's founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.

The 2018 Berkley Lecture will explore the future of cyber conflict, particularly what to expect in the year ahead. While developing technology has facilitated incredible advances in productivity and communication, malicious use of technology has opened countries, businesses, and individuals around the world to novel vulnerabilities. The development of effective policy and cybersecurity measures is critical as we move further into this new reality with its unprecedented variety of threats and repercussions. In this year's Berkley Lecture, Kate Charlet, inaugural director of the Technology and International Affairs Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, will offer her insight to what comprises cyber conflict, what is being done about it, and where it goes from here.

For additional information on this topic, please see below for information about the IRC Book Club's January meeting, or read this introduction » or this book overview ».

For a list of lecturers from the last 20 years, please click here ».

Ticket Information

$30     Students
$38     IRC members
$45     General admission

Sponsorships, which include prime seating for one table of ten (10), your logo on the IRC website and event signage, and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with the speaker, are available. Please contact Matthew Hughes » for more information, or call 816-423-2632.

About the Speaker

Kate Charlet is the program director for Technology and International Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She works primarily on the security and international implications of evolving technologies, with a focus on cybersecurity and cyber conflict; biotechnology; and artificial intelligence.

Charlet served in the Department of Defense for the last decade, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (acting) for Cyber Policy, where she led the development of DoD cyber policy and strategy, guidance on development cyber capabilities, and the expansion of international cyber relationships. Kate represented DoD in interagency efforts to manage multiple significant cyber incidents affecting the Department of Defense, federal computer networks, and United States critical infrastructure. She also oversaw decision-making to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command and promoted development and implementation of the U.S. government’s first-ever vulnerability disclosure policy.

Charlet is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest award available to civil servants. She served in senior advisory roles on the Defense Science Board Task Forces on Cyber Deterrence, on Cyber as a Strategic Capability, and on the Presidential Commission on Enhancing Cybersecurity.

Prior to working cyberspace issues, Charlet served as the director for Afghanistan strategy and policy in the Department of Defense, where she represented DOD in negotiations with the Afghan government on the 2012 Strategic Partnership Agreement. From 2009-2010, she was director for strategic planning at the National Security Council, where she played a key role in developing President Obama’s 2010 National Security Strategy. Earlier in her career, she conducted research on issues at the nexus of science and security, with a focus on biosecurity, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Henry L. Stimson Center.

Charlet holds degrees in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and International Relations (Strategic Studies) from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

Event Schedule

11:00 a.m.    Registration opens
11:30 a.m.    Luncheon begins
1:00 p.m.      Close

About the Meal

Your ticket includes a buffet luncheon with a salad, choice of two entrees, sides, soft drink, and dessert. Dietary restrictions may be shared with the restaurant at the event.

Academy-level members will have prime seating available at the Berkley Lecture.

Check out the IRC Book Club

The IRC Book Club's January selection is a perfect primer for the 2018 Berkley Lecture. On Tuesday, January 16, the group will discuss Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman. The discussion is free and open to the public. Read more or register for the Book Club meeting »

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