ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today the release of Combating Asymmetric Threats: Offset Strategies to Prevail Against Asymmetric Threats, a report from the ninth symposium in the Asymmetric Threat symposia series co-sponsored by the Association of Old Crows (AOC), CACI, and the Center for Security Policy (CSP). Summarizing discussions and comments from the symposium, the report considers how offset strategies attempt to position the U.S. to prevail against resurging global power competition, multiregional conflicts, and cross-domain challenges. Copies of the report may be downloaded from the dedicated Asymmetric Threat website at asymmetricthreat.net, or from AOC, CACI, or CSP websites at www.crows.org, www.caci.com, or www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org.
Held September 22, 2016 at the Gannett Conference Center in McLean, Va., the symposium featured keynote speakers Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters, USAF; and Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, USA (Ret), Chairman and Chief Executive, Flynn Intel Group and former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Panelists included leaders and experts from government, industry, and academia examining the technologies and operational concepts needed to support offset strategies and how these strategies may be applied across federal agencies to gain the advantage against asymmetric threats. The report content reflects the invocation of the Chatham House rule for the symposium and report as non-attributable forums.
The report also presents the symposium’s discussions on additional national security challenges, many of the hybrid kind, stemming from the erosion of the U.S.’s technology advantages, constrained budgets, and convoluted acquisitions processes. Opportunities that may be found in offset strategies involving technologies such as human-machine teaming may need to be applied across federal agencies and the private sector, and may further involve pursuing agile acquisition processes and legal tools.
Comments by the symposium leadership emphasized several aspects of the event’s proceedings.
CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London, who gave the welcoming remarks at the symposium, said, “The Combating Asymmetric Threats: Offset Strategies to Prevail Against Asymmetric Threats report articulates the opportunities and pitfalls of countervailing strategies to give the U.S. an edge on today’s complex battlefields. We need innovative, multi-dimensional, and nuanced approaches that incorporate new technologies and coordinate resources across government and industry to defeat adversaries who challenge us in every domain. CACI and its partners also look forward to hosting the 10th symposium in the Asymmetric Threat series next fall to continue this critical national dialogue promoting our nation’s security and its position as a global leader.”
According to AOC President Lisa Frugé-Cirilli, “Electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) operations have become a decisive and discriminating enabler of hybrid warfare and offset strategies. The Association of Old Crows continues to advocate harvesting the constructive synergies between cyber and electronic warfare to ensure technological superiority and multi-domain dominance. We recognize that we must be able to manage the EMS much better than we do today, respond more quickly to adaptive threats, and seek a better balance between defensive and offensive EMS operations. Participating in the Asymmetric Threat IX symposium allowed the AOC to underscore its focus on finding, forging, and fielding offset technologies, capabilities, and operational concepts. The EMS technological opportunities we have yet to master are no greater than those we have already overcome.”
CSP President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Gaffney stated, “The Ninth Asymmetric Threat Symposium presented an array of timely treatments of critical national security topics. Especially valuable was an insightful discussion of how we can win against the global jihad movement and its allies.”
About the Asymmetric Threat Symposia
Since its founding in 2008 by CACI Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Dr. J.P. (Jack) London and Lead Director on CACI’s Board of Directors Dr. Warren Phillips, the Asymmetric Threat symposium series has provided a forum for thought leadership on national security. Symposium One, co-sponsored by CACI and the National Defense University and held May 8, 2008 at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, defined the asymmetric threat problem. Symposium Two, co-sponsored by CACI and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) and held October 21, 2008 at Ft. Myer, Virginia, addressed the efficacy of soft power. Symposium Three, co-sponsored by CACI and USNI and held March 24, 2009 at Ft. Myer, concluded the series by addressing the role of smart power in defeating asymmetric threats. Symposium Four, co-sponsored by CACI and USNI and held March 2, 2010 at Ft. Myer, centered on countering challenges to the global supply chain. Symposium Five, co-sponsored by CACI, USNI, and CSP and held March 1, 2011 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, focused on cyber challenges to the U.S.’s economy and industrial base. Symposium Six, co-sponsored by CACI, USNI, and CSP and held May 8, 2012 at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC, addressed decision superiority. Symposium Seven, co-sponsored by AOC, CACI, and CSP and held April 2, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, addressed the interplay of offensive and defensive measures in shaping the outcomes of asymmetric conflicts. Symposium Eight, co-sponsored by AOC, CACI, and CSP and held October 1, 2014 at the Gannett Conference Center in McLean, Virginia addressed role of cyber, electromagnetic spectrum dominance, and electronic warfare in defending the U.S. and assuring military operational superiority.
AOC is a not-for-profit international professional association with over 13,000 members and 200+ organizations engaged in the science and practice of Electronic Warfare, Information Operations, and related disciplines. AOC promotes the exchange of new ideas and information and the dissemination of new research and knowledge in these fields and publishes a monthly professional magazine, the Journal of Electronic Defense. Learn more at www.crows.org.
CSP is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that specializes in identifying policies, actions, and resource needs that are critical to American security. The group ensures these issues are the subject of focused, principled examination and effective action by recognized policy experts, appropriate officials, opinion leaders, and the general public. Learn more at www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org.
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