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NOVEMBER 10, 2019



"Lessons on Cyber Warfare from the NSA to the Army War College"


Today's guests: Cynthia E. Ayers  
About our guest:  Cynthia Ayers serves as Deputy to the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. Ms. Ayers is a national security threat analyst and consultant, having retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2011 with over 38 years of military and civil service (combined). Her intelligence community career included a position as NSA Representative to the DCI’s Counterterrorism Center at CIA headquarters, where she worked throughout the attack on the USS Cole and the 9/11 crisis (2000-2002). Her government service culminated in an eight-year assignment as the National Security Agency’s Visiting Professor to the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where she taught electives on contemporary threats to national security from an intelligence perspective (cyber warfare, terrorism, etc.) as well as military applications of artificial intelligence. She advised students on research concerning strategic intelligence, counterterrorism, cyber warfare, and critical infrastructure protection.

Post-retirement, Ms. Ayers was employed as Vice President of EMPact America, a bipartisan, not-for-profit group working in support of electric grid vulnerability mitigation. More recently, she worked as a temporary, part-time research assistant with George Mason University’s Learning Agent Center on a grant concerning artificial intelligence-based systems. She is currently working as an independent cyberwarfare consultant within the Strategic Concepts and Doctrine Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, and as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Patuxent Partnership.

Ms. Ayers has provided a plethora of briefings and presentations on critical infrastructure issues at organizational gatherings, conferences, and workshops to members of the non-profit sector, government entities, and interested groups within academic institutions. She has testified before the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence; the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology of the Maine State Legislature; the Energy Policy Committee of the Michigan State Legislature; members of Indiana’s State Legislature, and the reestablished Congressional EMP Commission.

Ms. Ayers has written several published articles on critical infrastructure and national security issues, a monograph on cyber sovereignty (Rethinking Sovereignty in the Context of Cyberspace), and co-authored academic papers on the development of cognitive agents for intelligence analysis. A compilation of six fictional case studies concerning the potential effects of cyberwarfare is awaiting publication.



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY JACK VOLTAIC 2.0 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS • Finding #1: Growing physical and cyber risk to cities requires a different framework for risk mitigation, due to current frameworks being inadequate to meet the changing and growing threat to urban communities.   


Cyber Triggers And The First Strike Dilemma

by Cynthia Ayers October 19, 2015

Cyber Triggers and The First Strike Dilemma – The Mackenzie Institute

October is Cyber Security Month. “I think at the moment that there’s not a significant price to pay [for cyber attacks] and so you see actors, nation states, individuals willing to do more.” [1] Admiral Michael Rogers, Director, National Security Agency, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command “Until we redefine warfare in the age of information, we will continue to be viciously and dangerously ...

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Ayers_ Fraud Waste and Sabotage _ 10 Aug 2016.pdf

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Ayers_The Phoenix and the Swan Song _ 18 Dec 2016.pdf

Ayers Article _ Selling our Souls for the Sake of Tolerance _ 3 August 2012.docx






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