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Exploring the Potential of a U.S. Cyber Force

Exploring the Potential of a U.S. Cyber Force

March 25, 2024
11:30 am - 12:15 pm

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About

Late last year, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command observed that the current state of U.S. military cyber organization is unsustainable. “All options are on the table,” he said, “except the status quo.” The existing structures have led to recruitment challenges, inconsistencies in compensation and service requirements, and personnel with inadequate training and support. Bipartisan members of Congress have for a decade expressed deep concern about the inability of the existing military services to recruit, train, and equip sufficient personnel to meet growing cyber challenges.

America’s cyber force generation system is clearly broken. FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation is releasing a comprehensive report that explores the viability of establishing an independent cyber service: U.S. Cyber Force. To discuss the report and associated policies, join FDD for a virtual event featuring Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation; Dr. Erica Lonergan, assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; and RADM (Ret.) Mark Montgomery, senior director of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation; with introductory remarks by Bradley Bowman, senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power.

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Speakers

 

Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher has represented Wisconsin’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017 and served as co-chair of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC). He continues to serve as co-chair of CSC 2.0, an initiative that works to implement CSC recommendations. Mike served for seven years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, including two deployments to Iraq. He also served as the lead Republican staffer for the Middle East and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and worked in the private sector at an energy and supply chain management company in Green Bay. He currently serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation, the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, and sits on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Dr. Erica Lonergan (née Borghard) is an assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Previously, Erica held several positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point, including assistant professor in the Departments of Social Science and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, fellow at the Army Cyber Institute, and executive director of the Rupert H. Johnson Grand Strategy Program. Beyond her academic and research appointments, Erica has an extensive background in strategy and policy. Previously, she was a lead writer of the 2023 U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Strategy and the congressionally mandated Department of Defense Cyber Posture Review. Prior to that, Erica served as a senior director on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and continues to serve as a senior advisor to CSC 2.0.

RADM (Ret.) Mark Montgomery serves as senior director of FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation and as an FDD senior fellow. He also directs CSC 2.0, an initiative that works to implement the recommendations of the congressionally mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission, where he served as executive director. Previously, Mark served as policy director for the Senate Armed Services Committee, coordinating policy efforts on national security strategy, capabilities and requirements, and cyber policy. Mark served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, retiring as a rear admiral in 2017. His flag officer assignments included director of operations (J3) at U.S. Pacific Command; commander of Carrier Strike Group 5, embarked on the USS George Washington, stationed in Japan; and deputy director for plans, policy, and strategy (J5) at U.S. European Command.

Bradley Bowman

Bradley Bowman serves as senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on U.S. defense strategy and policy. He has served as a national security advisor to members of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, as well as an active duty U.S. Army officer, Black Hawk pilot, and assistant professor at West Point. Bradley spent nearly nine years in the U.S. Senate, including six years as the top defense advisor to Senator Kelly Ayotte, then-senior Republican on the Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee. Bradley also served as national security advisor to Senator Todd Young and worked as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He earned an M.A. in international relations from Yale University and a B.S. in American politics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Issues:

Issues:

Cyber