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.”
The demands of corporate executives for intelligence products has grown exponentially over the past 20 years. While an increasing number of firms are responding to those needs, the differences between them in methodological approach and core skillsets can be significant, and is often not fully appreciated by private sector clients. Similarly, government intelligence communities have been slow to appreciate the capabilities and efficiencies of private sector intelligence firms.
In this seminar, Mr. Green will use case studies – Enron, 9/11, and the 2008 financial crisis – to review key moments in the evolution of the commercial intelligence industry. He will then focus on what the government intelligence community could learn from the private sector to meet a constantly expanding set of collection requirements.
William Green founded TD International, a leading global intelligence advisory firm, in 1999 to help clients navigate the complex and opaque business environments in which they operate.
With three decades of private and public sector intelligence experience, Mr. Green provides discreet strategic and tactical guidance to C-suite executives and global investors operating in emerging markets. His expertise includes developing international and regional business strategies, building commercial intelligence platforms, and managing clients’ business risk. Leveraging a global network of local resources and subject matter experts, Mr. Green is known for his methodical approach to assessing problems and providing clients with the timely, accurate, and relevant information required to make critical business decisions.
Prior to founding TDI, he was President of Parvus International, a business intelligence firm, where he guided the restructuring of the firm and managed its acquisition after driving a two-fold increase in revenue.
Previously, Mr. Green served in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations from 1986-1996. At posts in Geneva and Paris, his responsibilities included a wide variety of multilateral issues within the United Nations framework. While serving in Washington, Mr. Green worked to maximize the effectiveness of the Anglo-American and US-Canadian intelligence relationships.
Mr. Green speaks regularly on the evolution of commercial intelligence and is a national security expert and contributor to the Cipher Brief. He received an M.A. in International Economics and European Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in History from Holy Cross College.