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.”
Please join the Intelligence Project for a lunch seminar with John D. Woodward, Jr., on Wednesday, January 31st from 12:00-1:15pm in One Brattle 350. Rolf Mowatt-Larssen will moderate.
Drawing on his experiences as the former Director of DoD Biometrics from 2003 to 2005, Mr. Woodward will explain the origins and formal establishment of a new INT - Identity Intelligence - and how the U.S. military, working closely with law enforcement, implemented and effectively used biometric technologies, like computerized fingerprinting, to identify numerous foreign persons who posed a threat in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
John D. Woodward, Jr. is a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He retired from the CIA in 2015. During his twenty-one year CIA career, John served as an operations officer in the Clandestine Service and as a technical intelligence officer in the Directorate of Science and Technology.
From 2000 to 2006, John worked an analyst and senior manager at the RAND Corporation, where he helped oversee, manage, and develop RAND’s work for the national security community.
From 2003 to 2005, John served as the Director of the U.S. Department of Defense Biometrics Management Office, where he received the Army’s third highest civilian award for his work on using biometric technologies to identify national security threats.
His publications include Biometrics: Identity Assurance in the Information Age, (McGraw-Hill, 2003), Army Biometric Applications: Identifying and Addressing Sociocultural Concerns (RAND, 2001) and his many articles have appeared in various journals and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Legal Times, and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.