The United States and its allies and partners have laid out five operational domains for wartime—air, land, maritime, cyberspace, and space—but Russia’s war in Ukraine has revealed a sixth domain: the “sphere of activities” of the private sector. What is an effective strategy for the private sector in wartime, and why is developing this strategy critical for the effectiveness of US and allied militaries?

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security for the launch of the report “The sixth domain: The role of the private sector in warfare,” on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET. This event will discuss how policymakers can forge a more constructive US government-private sector relationship for wartime and integrate the private sector as the missing sixth operational domain.

It will feature welcome remarks from Clementine G. Starling, director of the Atlantic Council’s Forward Defense program, and keynote remarks from Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, followed by a panel discussion with Franklin D. Kramer, distinguished fellow and board director at the Atlantic Council; Greg Little, senior counselor at Palantir Technologies; Emma Schroeder, associate director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council; and Leonor Tomero, vice president for government relations at JA Green & Company, moderated by Marjorie Censer, editor of Defense News.

This public event will take place in-person at the Atlantic Council, as well as livestreamed.

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Welcome remarks by

Clementine G. Starling
Director, Forward Defense
Atlantic Council

Keynote remarks by

Jen Easterly
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


Franklin D. Kramer
Distinguished Fellow & Board Director
Atlantic Council

Greg Little
Senior Counselor
Palantir Technologies

Emma Schroeder
Associate Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Digital Forensic Research Lab
Atlantic Council

Leonor Tomero
Vice President for Government Relations
JA Green & Company

Moderated by

Marjorie Censer
Defense News

Presented by

The Scowcroft Strategy Initiative works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to tackle security challenges.

Forward Defense, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, generates ideas and connects stakeholders in the defense ecosystem to promote an enduring military advantage for the United States, its allies, and partners. Our work identifies the defense strategies, capabilities, and resources the United States needs to deter and, if necessary, prevail in future conflict.

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