Cyber Persistence: Theory and Practice Annual Workshop

Upcoming workshop details will be updated here in Spring 2022.

Join the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP) at the University of Cincinnati as we host our first annual workshop (virtual for 2021) for graduate students, recent PhD graduates, Post Docs, and early career professional researchers.  Develop your network, learn from the experts, and contribute to the development and advancement of strategies informed by Cyber Persistence Theory. 

The 2021 virtual workshop will run sessions over 2-days giving scholars the ability to examine Cyber Persistence with its core theorists, hear firsthand from US government practitioners on the implementation of Persistent Engagement, and provide an opportunity to present dissertation proposals, research designs, or full papers.  In addition to a written review of their work, stipends in the amount of $250 will be provided to selected applicants.  

References on Persistent Engagement can be found here.

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Gary Corn
Gary Corn is the Director of the Technology, Law & Security Program and Adjunct Professor of Cyber and National Security Law at American University Washington College of Law; a Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats at the R Street Institute; a member of the editorial board of the Georgetown Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and the Founder and Principal of Jus Novus Consulting, LLC. A retired U.S. Army colonel, Corn previously served as the Staff Judge Advocate to U.S. Cyber Command, as a Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Operational Law Branch Chief in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army, the Staff Judge Advocate to United States Army South, on detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and on deployment to the Republic of North Macedonia as part of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force and as the Chief of International Law for Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan.

Dr. Michael Fischerkeller
Dr. Michael Fischerkeller is a research staff member in the Information, Technology and Systems Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Michael has spent over 20 years supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Combatant and Multi-National Force commanders. His areas of expertise are cyber strategy, strategic / operational concept development, and assessment, topics on which he has published in numerous journals.

Dr. Emily Goldman
Dr. Emily Goldman is a strategist at US Cyber Command and a thought leader on cyber policy. She was cyber advisor to the Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, 2018-2019. From 2014-2018 she directed the US Cyber Command / National Security Agency Combined Action Group, reporting to a four-star commander and leading a team that wrote the 2018 US Cyber Command vision, Achieve and Maintain Cyberspace Superiority. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University, and was a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis, for two decades.

Dr. Richard Harknett
Dr. Richard J. Harknett is Professor and Head of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and co-director of the Ohio Cyber Range Institute and Chair of the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy. In 2017, he served as the inaugural US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Cyber Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and in 2016 as the first scholar-in-residence at US Cyber Command and National Security Agency. He provides analysis to US government agencies, to the US Congress as well as to US allies and served as red team member to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. 

Dr. Michael Warner
Dr. Michael Warner serves as a Command Historian for the US Department of Defense. He has written and lectured widely on intelligence and cyber history and strategy. His latest book, "The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future," was co-authored with John Childress and published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020.

TJ White is a 30-plus year national security practitioner, strategist, and cyber operations expert leading joint military formations and combined intelligence community organizations. He has commanded at all levels within the Navy and Joint Service, most recently as the Commander, United States Fleet Cyber Command / United States TENTH Fleet/ United States Navy Space Command and previously as the Commander, United States Cyber National Mission Force/ USCYBERCOM. He is a former Director of Intelligence for United States Indo-Pacific Command and has served globally in various combat zones and conflict areas supporting competition dynamics. A former CINCPACFLT Shiphandler-of-the-Year, he misses his days driving a Battleship. He is a 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. 


The Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy would like to thank the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center for the generous grant to assist in funding this workshop.

References on Persistent Engagement 

Harknett, Richard J. “SolarWinds: The Need for Persistent Engagement.” Lawfare, December 23, 2020.

Nakasone, Paul M., and Michael Sulmeyer. “How to Compete in Cyberspace:Cyber Command’s New Approach.” Foreign Affairs, August 25, 2020.

Fischerkeller, Michael P., Richard J. Harknett, and Jelena Vicic. “The Limits of Deterrence and the Need for Persistence.” In The Cyber Deterrence Problem, edited by Aaron F. Brantly, 21–38. United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020.

Miller, James N., and Neal A. Pollard. “Persistent Engagement, Agreed Competition and Deterrence in Cyberspace.” Lawfare, April 30, 2019.

Fischerkeller, Michael P., and Richard J. Harknett. “What Is Agreed Competition in Cyberspace?” Lawfare, February 19, 2019.

Healey, Jason. “The Implications of Persistent (and Permanent) Engagement in Cyberspace.” Journal of Cybersecurity 5, no. tyz008 (January 1, 2019). doi:10.1093/cybsec/tyz008.

Smeets, Max, and Herb Lin. “An Outcome-Based Analysis of U.S. Cyber Strategy of Persistence & Defend Forward.” Lawfare, November 28, 2018.

Harknett, Richard J. “United States Cyber Command’s New Vision: What It Entails and Why It Matters.” Lawfare, March 23, 2018.