Report Sep 6, 2019
Alternate cybersecurity futures
By John Watts, Ben Jensen, JD Work, Nina Kollars, and Chris Whyte
If the national security community continues to focus on immediate threats and managing current emergencies, it will never escape a cycle of crises, nor manage to impose a strategy to shape tomorrow’s environment.
New AtlanticistMar 5, 2021
The 5×5—Questioning basic assumptions in the cyber domain
By Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder
Challenging assumptions in cyberspace also means challenging assumptions about the theorists and strategists themselves. International Women’s Day, coming up on March 8, serves as a reminder to include female voices as a means of enriching policy discussions, producing more insightful work, and driving impact.
In-Depth Research & ReportsFeb 1, 2021
Pathologies of obfuscation: Nobody understands cyber operations or wargaming
By Nina Kollars and Benjamin Schechter
National security and defense professionals have long utilized wargames to better understand hypothetical conflict scenarios. With conflict in the cyber domain becoming a more prominent piece in wargames in the national security community, this issue brief seeks to identify the common pathologies, or potential pitfalls, of cyber wargaming.
New AtlanticistDec 21, 2020
To defend US elections, we must recognize that the fault is in ourselves
By Nina Kollars and Michael Rodriguez
It is time to put money toward state information infrastructure, to align public expectations with the pace of the democratic process, and to hold elected leaders accountable for lighting fires in information dumpsters.
Dr. Nina Kollars is an associate professor in the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute at the US Naval War College. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in political science and an M.A. from GWU in international relations. She holds a number of editorial and policy affiliations to include: executive board member of Cyber Conflict Studies Association; and an editorial board member for Texas National Security Review. She publishes on cybersecurity, hackers and military innovation. She presented her own hacker project at DefCon27, “Confessions of a Nespresso Money Mule.” She will soon publish her book “Trustworthy Deviants: White Hat Hackers and Security.” Kollars is also an Executive Bourbon Steward.