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Surely every serious national security strategist understands the distinction btwn Govts Geopolitical decisions and th military's detailed scenario planning & action program. A govt can decided on basis of expected value of outcome or worst case scenarios-the latter is paralyzing
2/ns The critical issue in China-India conflict is that,as of now (2020), #China controls the #escalatory ladder. So India's #National #Security Apparatus has to make assumptions about when and how #CCPpla will escalate, if it loses the first few steps on its escalatory ladder!
3/ns The worst case scenario for us is therefore the one in which after loosing previous escalations, #CCP China escalates to a full fledged war/attack on India, by shifting US-facing troops and highest quality equipment towards India. This has proved paralyzing for past Govts!🤔
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About me (@CamilleEsq): I am a cybersecurity attorney. I am the Head of Security Policy for @Google Play & @Android. I work at the intersection of tech, law, & society. #ShareTheMicInCyber Find out more about me & follow my work at
If you head over to LinkedIn today my @Google colleague & the VP of Security, Royal Hansen will be sharing about my and a few other throughout the day! #ShareTheMicInCyber is happening there too! - CS
I provide a cross-cutting perspective on complex technology, cyber, & #NatSec & #foreignpolicy issues. This has led me to roles across the federal and private setors for orgs like @dhsgov, Capitol Hill, @Google & @Deloitte. - @CamilleEsq
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This #Juneteenth, I'm taking time to remember my grandpa's grandparents. Mark Gassaway was born into slavery. He and his wife, Carrie Walls Gassaway, became impactful educators. Here's their story, rich with deep research by my uncle, Charles Kellogg, and cousin @kkellogg309. 1/n
Don't miss the part where Mark Gassaway became the first African American college graduate in Anderson County, South Carolina and started being called “Professor Gassaway.” @kkellogg309 2/n
…Or the part where Carrie Walls graduated in one of the first classes from @SpelmanCollege (then known as Spelman Seminary) in the 1880s. @kkellogg309 3/n
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As part of #NextGenNatSec #Blackvoices #DiverseVoices, please meet @mtcolemanjr. Today he’ll cover #EMGTwitter #DisasterResilience & the role of #Faith in #NatSec and #BlackNatSec Learn more about Marcus here:…
He is @AEC_Coleman’s Husband & a proud @HowadU @AmericanU & @OFA alum, he’s active in @HavardNPLI & @TrumanProject & proudly serves on the boards for @FairchanceDC, @NatSecDiv @IDIEM_Global & currently works at @HWC_DC #BlackVoices
Inspirations include his mother, his Alma Mater @HowardU, #Team180 and the commitment and passion of the wonderful students leaders of @HUASB and the @HowardUChapel team learn more about @HUASB here:…
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I may work in #natsec, but I know that America’s most determined adversary is right here at home. Present at the founding and persistent for centuries, systemic racism has visited destruction and destitution upon countless Americans. @NatSecDiver #BlackNatSec #BlackVoices (1/8)
There’s a certain tension to being Black in the national security business. As a Black person, I am both uniquely subject to law enforcement and—as a former federal Executive Branch employee—an instrument of it. (2/8)
I’ve grappled with national security problems in the Situation Room. I’ve run for shelter as rockets rained down on the gates of Embassy Baghdad. I’ve done my share of handwringing over What to Do About China. (3/8)
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Hi! Tomorrow I am taking part in @NatSecDiver’s #BlackVoices campaign to amplify the work of @DrNLouissaint on Juneteeth (6/19). Follow along to learn more about her career & work! #NextGenNatSec #DiverseVoices #BlackNatSec Learn more about Juneteeth:…
Tomorrow I'll be sharing more about @DrNLouissaint in her own words. For now, I can share that I am incredibly grateful that she is in her role as a leader in national pandemic policy and response -- we are fortunate for her expertise and leadership. ⚕️ @NatSecDiver #BlackNatSec
Currently, @DrNLouissaint is the Executive Director of @HC_Ready, a non-profit organization that coordinates across the biopharmaceutical industry and government to coordinate health resilience in American communities impacted by disasters. 👩🏿‍💻 @NatSecDiver #BlackNatSec
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Over the past few days, I’ve been on many phone calls, emails & group chats with colleagues in national security – mainly white — expressing how hopeless they feel. While I understand the sentiment, let me tell you why I’m also dismayed by this. A thread. 1/x
My colleagues in #NatSec shouldn’t and can't feel hopeless right now. Because racism is a national security issue, this problem falls squarely in our wheelhouse. Dismantling systems of white supremacy & anti-Blackness is central to the work we must do. 2/…
Protests aren't just happening across the country but around the world. George Floyd's killing has hit a common nerve, sparking protests from Paris to Toronto to London & Berlin as Black citizens confront their own histories of over-policing & racism. 3/…
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🔥🔌💡 WH issues new EO on bulk power systems under Emergency Economic Powers Act for protection from foreign governments and foreign actors along with a new task force.

#NatSec #ElectricGrid #electricity…
"...foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system, which provides the electricity that supports our national defense, vital emergency services, critical infrastructure, economy, and way of life."
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#Thread Let's talk about how JOB successfully deployed our intelligence into the hands of private organizations. See this guy ... he was running face point while JOB was running back point.
This clown was CIA Director before JOB.
He helped deploy the necessary grounds needed to experiment the information pooling across nations no one "cared about"....Why does the @realDonaldTrump
administration allow our agencies to have contracts with them? Performing a service? PERSPECTIVE.
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#Thread Let's talk about how JOB successfully deployed our intelligence into the hands of private organizations. See this guy ... he was running face point while JOB was running back point.
This clown was CIA Director before JOB.
He helped deploy the necessary grounds needed to experiment the information pooling across nations no one "cared about"....
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La crise du #COVIDー19 n’empêche pas la poursuite de la rivalité #tech sino-américaine. Exemple ici avec les semi-conducteurs (#microchips), dont la «géopolitique» est aussi complexe qu’instructive sur les reconfigurations mondiales de la technologie. 1/ ⬇️
Les semi-conducteurs sont à la fois un enjeu technologique (miniaturisation & sophistication avec intégration d’#IA), un fait économique (prolifération + industrie ultra-globalisée) et un enjeu stratégique (frictions politique de Trump / velléités 🇨🇳 de rattrapage techno) 2/
Illustration (partielle…) de la globalisation de l'industrie des semi-conducteurs : 3/
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2/ #China unleashes #maritime power to press #EastAsia & #IndoPacific hegemony while #USNavy and US & other governments deal w/#coronavirus #pandemic:

#nationalsecurity #natsec #strategy
3/ #China combines #softpower w/ #maritime power in unrelenting pursuit of its international realignment goals even as – or because of – #coronavirus #pandemic rages through #SEAsia:

#nationalsecurity #natsec #strategy #IndoPacific
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Stuck @ home wondering where China & world are headed? Read #TheChinaQuestions—36 @Harvard @FairbankCenter chs. ed. by Profs. @MichaelSzonyi & Rudolf!




See great chapters by Profs. Elizabeth Perry, Joe Fewsmith, Rod MacFarquhar, Mark Elliott, Ya-Wen Lei, Arunabh Ghosh, Yuhua Wang, Arne Westad, Robert Ross, Ian Johnston, Steve Goldstein, Ezra Vogel, Richard Cooper, Dwight Perkins, Meg Rithmire, Mark Wu, Tony Saich, Nara Dillon...
..Michael McElroy, Karen Thornber, Susan Greenhalgh, James Robson, Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp, Bill Alford, Bill Kirby, Michael Puett, Rowan Flad, Peter Bol, Wai-Yee Li, David Der-wei Wang, Jie Li, Stephen Owen & Paul Cohen!

Honored to join them in this @FairbankCenter project!
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7: 20 AM NUMBERS #US 1071
Ret MD, I use #1point3acres map
Remember #Trump is not checking or testing ANYONE coming in though #US airports. #SFO #SeaTac #JFK #LAX @maddow @ursulafaw56 @BuzzFeedNews @sfpelosi @JohnsHopkinsSPH
MAR 11 #COVID19 MD THREAD 2: What do you expect from #ImpeachedForLife #IMPOTUS45 #TRUMPCultists at @CDCgov Not #Professionalism or #Intelligence or #Morality or even #Patriotism JUST BLIND OBEDIENCE to His Demented and Ever Lowing #LIMBO Pole of Sanity.
MAR 11 #COVID19 MD THREAD 3: Ret MD I report from CLINICIAN POV ...who trained during LIES and OBSFUSCATION of #ReaganAdmin. You know when #NancyReagan let #RockHudson die and not get meds.
FIRST STORY 9:18 #TRUMPAdmin shuts down HOUSE Oversight eg for More Orders (saw above ?)
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The #ImpeachmentTrials continue, but so does testimony from Dr. James Mitchell at the 9/11 pretrial #MilitaryCommissions hearing
Catch up on his six days of testimony with these threads:

At Guantánamo Bay, Torture Apologists Take Refuge in Empty Code Words and Euphemisms @MargotWilliams of @theintercept…
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Incoming #natsec hot take: There is no such thing as peacetime anymore. Competing powers are in constant dialectical 'contact' with one another because the world has become inextricably connected. The weapons they use to influence each other have proliferated in space and time.
In the past, states were relatively closed off and capable of isolating themselves from one another by seeking economic autarky and border security. It used to take military power to force a change in a foreign land.
Modernity shook that paradigm with the growth of rail and telegraph connections and networks of competing alliances; the information age has shattered it with continuous, constant connection across borders and time zones.
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I’m not an avid reader by any stretch, but I did manage to set a new personal record in 2019 by reading/listening to 24 books (thanks ridiculous commute to Redmond!). Here’s my year (in reading) in review (Chronological order, not ranked). 🧵
Army of None by @paul_scharre was a truly fitting way to kick off the year: thinking about the reality, myths, future & implications of national security technology, esp. #AI. I captured many of my take-aways in a piece for @AiCommission call for papers.…
Hyperwar was a mix of #FICINT by @august_cole, AI futurism by @amirhusain_tx , strategic analysis by GEN Allen & Bob Work, & even part product manual. It seemed more hype than reality, but transformative technology always uses such visions to mobilize key stakeholders.
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Maria Yovovich was conducting surveillance on journalists Sara Carter and John Solomon, said Q. That surveillance was "terminated" on July 8, 2019.
"What kind of tools & assets could a
@StateDept official have allegedly used 2 surveil U.S. journalists in #Ukraine? It must have been a matter of #nationalsecurity to order surveillance of US citizen, hopefully duly approved by a US court."Q quoted this.
@StateDept Carter's tweet linked to her own story, where she quoted Rep. Devin Nunes.

"What I’ve heard is that there were strange requests, irregular requests to monitor not just one journalist, but multiple journalists."…
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Next panel: Mapping dynamic research ecosystem

What are ways to watch/monitor emerging technologies a la data? Measure/access what's important?
.@NSERC_CRSNG's take on the word soup of this challenging evaluation area #CSPC2019
The Naylor report, @cca_reports do point to areas of weakness or emerging topics. Also, internationally. What are they doing?

After that, what to do with that info?

Is there money to throw? Or policy actions (like inc. risk in peer review?)
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#NatSec twitter is all abuzz about the operational reserve component and its implications for civil-military relations. I happen to have done some recent work on the subject (with @lindsaypcohn and the twitterless Doug Kriner) so it's time for a thread! #AcademicFridayNight
We were puzzled by the seeming reversal from the Vietnam-era to today in terms of politicians' perceptions of the political costs associated with different manpower systems. Then, a draft was perceived as less politically costly than deploying reservists and members of the Guard.
Today, the reserve component has been continually deployed in support of overseas operations (since at least the early 1990s) without public outcry. But now there's a perception that a draft would be so politically costly that it would constrain decisions to use force.
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#India's Kudankulam #Nuclear Power Plant has been hit by #cyberattack. Authorities were already alerted of the threat months in advance. The power plant project built in collaboration with #Russia has been a target of foreign players since its inception.…
The second 1,000 MW #nuclear power unit at #Kudankulam, owned by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) stopped power generation on Saturday 19th October, owing to “SG level low”.…
More than a month before the unit stopped operating, NCSC was notified of intrusion of their systems by #cyber threat intelligence analyst @RungRage. The alert was generated on investigation by #cybersecurity firm #Kaspersky into spy tools dubbed #DTrack.…
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1/In my more than 20 years of rep'ing #natsec #whistleblowers, & 15 years since @ODNIgov was created, I have never known nor observed policy that #WBer must have first-hand information to file complaint.
@ODNIgov 2/My experiences have always been that WBer must provide evidence that can be substantiated, whether through documents or identification of witnesses. No whistleblower law I know of has any personal knowledge requirement.
@ODNIgov /END I fully support and endorse the information set forth in @ODNIgov IG press release that accurately explains the law & policy as the experts know it to be. Any assertion to the contrary, as argued by @FDRLST, is blatantly pure disinformation.…
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The comparison to what is about to happen to the country is not Clinton's impeachment but Iran-Contra. At core, this appears to be a cooked-up foreign policy scheme that did not get run through channels, had the president's support, and broke the law. 1/x
My book covers Iran-Contra, but I've learned two things in writing and promoting it: 1) everyone remembers Iran-Contra but no one understands it, and 2) no one understands how bad and how close to real reckoning that caused in the #natsec business. 2/x
Because the Ukraine issue is about national security, getting to the bottom of it all will cross a lot of the lines--chains of command, classification, etc.-- that Americans don't really understand and are built not to be broken. 3/x
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