Cyber Strategist Speaker Series

The Cyber Strategist Speaker Series is a joint endeavor between CCSP and the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to advance the international dialogue on cybersecurity.  Presentations will examine the development of cybersecurity as a facet of national security policy, the integration of technical and operational elements of cyber strategy, and cyber conflict implications for world affairs. 


In order to attend the webinars, please register via the link provided for each speaker series.  Please use the calendar option to save the time, date and appropriate zoom link for each presentation.

Certificates of Attendance must be processed by CHED.  Your request should be emailed to: 

Previous Cyber Strategist Presentations

All previous presentations will be listed below. If recordings are available, they will be linked below.

Speaker: Richard J. Harknett, PhD
Presentation: The Cyber Strategic Environment and Persistence
Zoom Recording

Dr. Richard J. Harknett is Professor and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Cincinnati, co-director of the Ohio Cyber Range Institute and Chair of the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy. He served as an inaugural US-UK Fulbright Scholar in Cyber Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom and as the first scholar-in-residence at US Cyber Command and National Security Agency. He is the author of over 60 publications and has provided analysis and testimony for US Government agencies, the US Congress, the state of Ohio, and several US allied governments.

Speaker: Michael Fischerkeller, PhD
Presentation Title: Cyber Persistence Theory and State Behavior

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 his entire professional career supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant and Multi-National Force commanders, and the Intelligence Community. His areas of expertise are cyber strategy, strategic / operational concept development, and analysis / assessment.

Speaker: Max Smeets, PhD
Presentation Title:  What it takes to develop a military cyber-force
Zoom Recording

Max Smeets is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich and Director of the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative. He is the author of ‘No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force’ (Oxford University Press & Hurst, 2022)  and published widely on cyber statecraft, strategy and risk. Max also lectures on cyber conflict for the Senior Office Course at NATO Defence College.

Speaker: Vice Admiral TJ White
Presentation Title: Developing Ideas about National Cybersecurity
Zoom Recording

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 and holds additional diplomas from the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College, National Defense University and myriad professional education institutions. 

Speaker: Jon Lindsay, PhD
Presentation Title:  Chinese Cyber Power
Zoom Recording

Jon Lindsay is an Associate Professor at the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has a joint appointment in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and a courtesy appointment in the School of Public Policy. Previously he was at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Information Technology and Military Power (Cornell University Press, 2020) and co-editor of Cross-Domain Deterrence: Strategy in an Era of Complexity (Oxford University Press, 2019), with Erik Gartzke, and China and Cybersecurity: Espionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain (Oxford University Press, 2015), with Tai Ming Cheung and Derek Reveron, and well as publications in international relations, intelligence studies, and the sociology of technology. He is currently working on a book entitled "Age of Deception: Cybersecurity in International Relations." He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in computer science and B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University. He has also served in the U.S. Navy with assignments in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Speaker: Gary Corn, PhD
Presentation Title:  Cyber Strategy Development:  Legal and Policy Considerations
Zoom Recording

Professor Gary Corn is the director of the Technology, Law & Security Program and an adjunct professor of cyber and national security law and the law of armed conflict.  A recognized expert on the intersection of cyber and national security law and policy, Professor Corn joined TLS after serving twenty-six years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a military attorney practicing national security law at the highest levels within the Department of Defense. His final five years he served as the Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel) to U.S. Cyber Command. Professor Corn is a frequent, and highly-sought out speaker at international and national conferences and has published numerous articles, book chapters, and blog posts, including in the American Journal of International Law, The Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, on Lawfare, Just Security, the and the Lieber Institute’s Articles of War.  He is a co-author of National Security Law and the Constitution (Wolters Kluwer)(2020).

During his military career, Professor Corn served in in various positions at the brigade, division, and corps level, including multiple times as a military prosecutor, civil litigator, and operational law attorney.  His assignments include serving 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 U.S. Army South, a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, and on deployment as the Chief of International Law for Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan. Professor Corn received a JD from the George Washington University, a BA in International Relations from Bucknell University, an LLM from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, and an MA in National Security Studies from the United States Army War College.  He is also a graduate of the Escola de Comando e Estado Maior do Exército do Brasil (Command and General Staff College of the Brazilian Army). 

Professor Corn is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security, a member of the editorial board of the Georgetown Journal of National Security Law and Policy, an Advisory Board Director for the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, and a former Senior Fellow in Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats at the R Street Institute.