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Cyber in the Biden Administration: A Discussion on National Security, Cyber Policy, and Careers in National Defense

January 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

About the Event:

Please join us on January 28, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00pm EST on Zoom for a discussion with Mr. Ian Smith and Mr. Josh Stiefel, moderated by CENSA member Cameron Janssens. Mr. Smith and Mr. Stiefel will discuss their recent recommendations for cyber reforms in the Biden Administration as well as a discussion on careers in cyber and national security. This event is co-hosted with CENSA by the Yale University International Relations Association (YIRA). Audience is limited to the first 100 registrants and is a CENSA members-only event.

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Feel free to read their recent article in Lawfare as primer for their discussion:

About the Speakers:

Ian D. Smith is a senior cyber policy analyst in the Department of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, where he focuses on cyber conflict and strategic deterrence and policies to defend critical infrastructure and functions from U.S. competitors in cyberspace.  Ian is the primary DHS working level contact within the U.S. Government’s Cyber Deterrence Working Group, for which he and colleagues were recently awarded the Department of State’s Group Superior Honor Award.  A career civil servant, he also has experience in border and immigration, international cooperation, and as permanent staff in the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.  Ian is also a major in the U.S. Army Reserve assigned to the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.  With the Army, he has served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Ian holds a B.S. in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.Litt. in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrews (U.K.), and is a graduate of the Defense Information School and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Josh Stiefel serves as a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) staff. Previously, he served as Senior Cyber Policy Advisor at the Department of the Treasury, sitting at the nexus of national security, cyber policy, and economic security and working closely with Executive Branch agencies, independent regulators, and financial institutions. Josh began his career as a political-military analyst at the Department of Defense and held multiple positions at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Joint Staff for which he received the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award. Concurrent to his work with the HASC, Josh is an officer with the U.S. Navy Reserve, a board member with the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization’s DC Chapter, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Arts with Honors from Lehigh University.