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Departures Podcast with John Arquilla, author of ‘Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare’

War doesn’t always look like it used to, with just tanks, missiles, ships, and planes. It also takes place online, and observers in the West are becoming increasingly aware of the need to increase cyber defense capacities as authoritarian states like Iran and China rapidly advance. 

This poses important questions for democracies around the world: do open societies have more difficulty in mobilizing cyber defense than closed societies? And if so, why and what can be done to course correct?

In this week’s podcast we’re pleased to feature special guest John Arquilla, co-founder of the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, and author of “Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare.”

In their discussion, Amsterdam and Arquilla explore these questions and discuss Arquilla’s condemnation of U.S. leadership’s lack of mobilization towards cyber defense.

Arquilla argues that democracies have become canaries in a coal mine, as their reliance on cyber warfare mechanisms have been delegated to the market-based solutions of Silicon Valley and Boston area tech firms; and watered down legislation in government. 

Can the U.S. adopt a more nimble and effective approach to cyber warfare – or will authoritarian regimes continuing their rapid advances to gain the upper hand in cyber in the long run? 

Have a listen to the show and get in touch to let us know your thoughts.