The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
As a champion of innovation in the IC, Dr. Dixon has played a crucial role in transforming the United States Intelligence community to meet the challenges of 21st century. In this session, Dr. Dixon will draw on her experience leading NGA and IARPA to explore:
- How to create a culture of practical innovation
- The role of intelligence in combatting climate change and pandemics
- The relationship between intelligence, emerging tech, and the private sector
- Why diversity in the USIC is mission critical
Dr. Stacey A. Dixon is the eighth Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this role, she assists the director in leading the agency and in managing the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. She became NGA’s deputy director on June 23, 2019.
Prior to this, she served as IARPA’s fourth director from September 2018 to June 2019, after serving as IARPA’s deputy director from January 2016 to August 2018. Before joining IARPA, Dr. Dixon served as the deputy director of NGA’s research directorate, where she oversaw geospatial intelligence research and development. Previous to that, she served as the chief of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs and then deputy director in NGA’s Office of Corporate Communications.
From 2007 to 2010, she was a staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and from 2003 to 2007, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, where she was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office’s Advanced Systems and Technology directorate.
Dr. Dixon holds both a doctorate and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She was also a chemical engineer postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Dixon is a native of the District of Columbia, where she currently resides.