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Trump Defends the International Order, December 11, 2018

Dr. Kiron K. Skinner recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing how the current administration is reasserting the nation-state’s role in a free and open multilateral system.

Evaluating Science Communication, November 26, 2018

Professor Baruch Fischhoff, Interim Director of IPS, wrote an article published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on effectively communicating scientific findings.

Institute for Politics and Strategy Launches New Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict, November 9, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) launched an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity and international conflict in fall 2018. The cybersecurity and international conflict minor tackles the social-scientific dimensions of cybersecurity with a focus on the implications of the cyber age for modern statecraft, warfare, elections (local, state and national), and politics, more generally.

Reagan rides again in new bid to put his conservative stamp on policy, September 12, 2018

Dr. Kiron Skinner was recently featured in a Washington Examiner article regarding her role as Director of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser in the State Department.

In Key Post at State, Kiron Skinner Will Advance Trump Security Strategy, August 30, 2018

Prof. Kiron Skinner was featured in an article on The Daily Signal.  She was sworn in Director of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser in the State Department on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Secretary Pompeo.

State Department Selects Skinner as Senior Policy Adviser, August 30, 2018

Kiron Skinner, the Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named senior policy adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Skinner also will serve as director of policy planning, one of the State Department’s most influential positions. Skinner is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Politics and Strategy(IPS). The center for research, undergraduate and graduate education focuses on university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy.

Baruch Fischhoff named 2018 Ryan Award Recipient

ISA Associated Faculty Member, Baruch Fischhoff has been awarded the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching.

FPRI Names Seven New Fellows and Expands Its Board of Advisors, June 7, 12018

Dr. Colin Clarke was appointed as a Senior Fellow in the National Security Program for the FPRI. 

Baruch Fischhoff Named 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, April 25, 2018

ISA Associate Faculty member, Baruch Fischhoff, was named the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Professor Fischhoff will use the award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to write a book called "Decisions."

Newt Gingrich visits campus to talk to researchers, April 1, 2018

Newt Gingrich, Fox News contributor and former Speaker of the House, made a little-publicized visit to Carnegie Mellon University this week. He was invited by Director Kiron Skinner, the director of the Washington Semester Program, the Institute for Politics and Strategy, and the Institute for Strategic Analysis at Carnegie Mellon. Director Skinner worked with Gingrich on his 2012 presidential campaign and, in Dec. 2017, began working as a foreign policy contributor for Fox News.

Newt Gingrich: The future is amazing -- Here's an incredible glimpse of what awaits us, March 25, 2018

Dr. Kiron Skinner hosted former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich at CMU on March 21, 2017. He was briefed by a lineup of ditinguished faculty on artificial intelligence and reflected in his article, " Pittsburgh, I saw another powerful glimmering of technologies that will change our world." Read more about his insights on artificial intelligence and how they will shape the future of American society in the article linked above. 

Town Hall Discussion with Dr. Nadia Schadlow, March 22, 2018

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Visit of the Honorable Newt Gingrich, March 21, 2018

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CMU Surpasses MIT to Secure Rank as #1 University for Artificial Intelligence, March 2018

In a recent study from the U.S. World News & World Report, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked as the best graduate school for artificial intelligence, securing first place over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The rankings were created based on "a combination of statistical data that reflects the quality of each program, and surveys asking experts and academics to evaluate programs."

IRP/AMP Students Visit Silicon Valley

Students in the International Relations and Politics Accelerated Masters Program recently traveled to the Bay Area to meet with corporate executives and seasoned tech professionals at some of Silicon Valley's top tech companies as a part of the Bradley Grant activities. Over the course of the three day trip, students also had the opportunity to explore San Francisco and visit notable landmarks in the city. 

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge presented by the Atlantic Council

Now entering its sixth year, the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests. The competition has already engaged over one thousand students from universities in the United States, Europe, Indo-Pacific, and the Middle East.

Join the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative in Washington, DC on March 16 and 17, 2018 for the sixth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge! Register here as a student competitor, coach, judge or observer. Registration deadline for teams is January 31, 2018 at 12pm EST.

CMU Experts Lead Conversations at World Economic Forum

ISA Faculty Affiliates Professor Marios Savvides and Professor Rita Singh will be speaking in Davos. 

CSBA Releases FY 2018 Weapon Systems Factbook

October 27, 2017-The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments released the FY 2018 Weapon Systems Factbook. Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) submits Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) to Congress detailing the status, plans, procurement quantities, and funding requirements for each Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP). These represent DoD’s largest and most expensive acquisition efforts. The most recent unclassified SARs, which were submitted in December 2016 and are consistent with the President’s FY 2018 budget request, include 87 programs, some of which extend more than 20 years into the future. This report will discuss each of the 87 MDAPs with a public SAR, as well as the new B-21 bomber; the Long-Range Standoff Missile (LRSO); and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), the future replacement for the Minuteman III, all three of which do not have public SARs. This report summarizes the purpose of each program, its capabilities, its planned development and procurement schedule, its annual procurement rate, and past and future program funding. When available, it also includes Average Procurement Unit Costs (APUC) and estimated total Operations and Support (O&S) costs for each program.

Laura Chinchilla- "Latin America: Hope in Times of Populism?," Wednesday, November 1, 2017

5:00-6:00pm, Rashid Auditorium (GHC 4401)

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Laura Chinchilla was the first woman to ascend to presidency in Costa Rica, and the fifth ever woman president in America’s history. In her four years in office, between 2010 and 2014, her major achievements were centered and focused on reducing crime, improving public safety, controlling inflation (under 5%) and establishing public healthcare.Sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics, the Department of Modern Languages, the Office of Government Relations, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Education.

Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and CyLab's social media team will be posting content throughout the month to help our audiences become more "Cyber Aware." Feel free to follow along!


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GW Center for Cyber & Homeland Security Announces New Senior Fellows

The GW Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) is pleased to announce the selection of its new cohort of senior fellows, who were selected earlier this month following an open, competitive process.  These senior fellows will serve in the position for a two-year term starting on October 1, 2017.

CCHS's non-resident senior fellows are a distinguished group of policy experts and practitioners in the areas of cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and homeland security, drawn from federal, state and local government, the private sector, academia, and the non-profit sector. 

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, November 3-4, 2017

On November 3rd and 4th 2017 Columbia University will be hosting a regional cyber policy competition known as the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.  Started by Atlantic Council, Cyber 9/12 is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. The event in November will feature two days of competition, key note speakers, technology demonstrations, and career networking opportunities.  

Defense Daily 2017 Architecture Summit, October 19, 2017

Defense Daily is proud to bring you the 10th Annual Open Architecture Summit, taking place October 19, 2017 at the National Press Club in  Washington, D.C.. This must-attend event will emphasize how Open Architecture (OA) is the key to maintaining legacy platforms and a vital foundation to implementing future programs. Come see Keynote Speaker William Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States NavyRDT&E

The Nuclear Deterrance Summit, February 20-22, 2018

The 2018 Nuclear Deterrence Summit will bring together leaders from across the U.S. nuclear enterprise to discuss high-level policy recommendations as outlined in the administration’s new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). 

Harvard Belfer Center Cyber Security Project Fall Updates 

The Cyber Security Project has been busy this summer locking in an excellent line-up of speakers for our fall seminar series. The project has also turned out another excellent round of Belfer Center Working Papers, in addition to high-quality op-eds covering a wide range of topics. 

Assured Autonomy Proposers Day, August 15, 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) is sponsoring a Proposers Day, to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the anticipated Assured Autonomy Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).

Potomac Forum, Ltd. presents "Implementing the President's Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO) Training Workshop", July 12, 2017

Hear from industry experts and government officials tasked with implementing robust cybersecurity and risk management strategies along with learning how NIST’s CSF and RMF can be effectively implemented to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks. Listen to a government panel of CIOs and CISOs to understand the challenges they are facing on a day-to-day basis and how implementation of NIST’s CSF and RMF helps them identify the risks and what it takes to mitigate those risks. Gaining insights from the panel and peer interactions at the workshop should be invaluable in implementing the President’s EO and moving the needle forward in improving federal cybersecurity.

Pentagon Cyberwarriors Find Fertile Ground in Silicon Valley, June 20, 2017

Baruch Fischhoff Elected to National Academy of Sciences, May 2, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University's Baruch Fischhoff, a renowned expert in decision science and risk analysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive and recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Call for Nominations for the 2017 Cyber Conflict Studies Association Awards Program, April 19, 2017

The CCSA Awards Program seeks to recognize research and the researchers helping move the state of knowledge of cyber conflict forward. The Awards are presented annually at the CCSA State of the Field Conference (8-9 June 2017).

FDD’s CSIF Initiates New Project to Study Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare, December 16, 2016

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ has launched a new project to study how America can protect itself from cyber-enabled economic warfare. Professor Kiron Skinner, ISA Director, has been named a member of this advisory group. 

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own, October 25, 2016

The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.

Top Colleges For Cybersecurity, September 19, 2016 

Known worldwide for its close working relationship with the CERT Coordination Center, Carnegie Mellon's CyLab is a huge draw for graduate students interested in a range of cybersecurity specializations. This cross-disciplinary institute facilitates research and industry participation from more than six departments and schools at the university and reflects the depth and breadth of CMU's cybersecurity opportunities. It has also been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE-IA/CD), Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) and Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops). CMU offers over 50 courses in security topics and nine different Masters and Ph.D. programs that offer cybersecurity tracks.

NSA Director Talks Snowden, Ethics, Accountability at CMU, October 27, 2015

National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command Director, Admiral Michael Rogers spent the day in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 27, 2015, making stops at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance.

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's New Institute for Strategic Analysis Supports National Security With Science, Engineering ExpertiseNovember 19, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University has launched a new Institute for Strategic Analysis (CMU-ISA) to provide a focal point for the university's ongoing consultations with senior U.S. defense, intelligence and diplomatic officials.