2019 Global Forum: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age with David Sanger
Sunday, May 19th at the SNHU Dining Center
Doors Open at 5 PM
Presentation Begins at 6 PM
Member Tickets - $50
Non- Member Tickets - $60
Patron Ticket - $150
From the premiere New York Times national security correspondent, a stunning and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security, and changing diplomacy and war.
In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.
The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents--Bush and Obama--drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran's nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump's first year, turned back on the US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies.
Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.
5:00 pm - Doors open; Reception
6:00 pm - Welcome from WACNH
6:05 pm - Award Presentation to Howard Brodsky from Paul LeBlanc
6:15 pm - Remarks from Congressman Pappas
6:25 pm - Remarks from Senator Hassan
6:35 pm - David Sanger Introduction and Presentation
7:20 pm - Q&A
7:45 pm - Book Signing
About David Sanger
DAVID E. SANGER is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Parking and Location Information
Thank you to our Vice Presidential Sponsor, Great Bay Limo for sponsoring the Global Forum and providing a shuttle service! Great Bay Limo will be providing one shuttle vehicle to transport guests from parking lot #26 to the event venue in building #14.
The shuttle will be servicing the event from 4:45 PM - 9:30 PM. If you would like to take advantage of the shuttle service, please see the below map that indicates pickup and drop off locations in purple, parking lots in blue and the venue in red.
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