The cyber revolution is just the latest in a series of waves of ‘creative destruction’ that arise when disruptive technologies, new organizational models, and innovative processes converge to spawn new sources of national power. Throughout history, nations that successfully harnessed revolutionary technologies and mastered new industries emerged as global powers on the international stage, strengthening their military power, transforming their economies, and enriching their societies. Cyber technologies hold the same promise, but also raise several critical questions: which nations will emerge as the leading cyber powers of the 21st century? What will be the primary sources of their comparative cyber power – military, economic, or cultural? How significant will be the roles of non-state actors (e.g., criminal syndicates, terrorist groups, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations) in the future cyber balance of power? Finally, what should the role of the US Government be as this new balance of power emerges?
Moderator:Roger Cressey – Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton Panelists: