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Cyber Threats and National Security: There does not have to be a war for a security threat to exist

Fri, Mar 9, 2012, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

You are cordially invited to a special lecture with

Forrest Hare, Col, USAF
Deputy Global Capabilities Manager for the Pacific region, National Security Agency

on the topic of
Cyber threats and national security: 
There does not have to be a war for a security threat to exist

Mr. Schmidt, the current cyber security coordinator for the President, has made it clear that we are not currently in a cyber war.  
We all appreciate that, while we are not at war with any countries today, many nation-states, and non-state actors, are preparing for that potentiality and do possess a real and credible threat in many domains, including cyberspace.  In this discussion, we will look at cyber security from the perspective of national security with the realization that national security organizations may have differing perspectives of the threats in the cyber domain.

Friday, March 9
5:30-7:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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This event is part of IWP’s Distinguished Military Speakers Series.


Forrest Hare is a Colonel in the United States Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency as a Deputy Global Capabilities Manager for the Pacific region. He was recently deployed to CJTF-Horn of Africa as Chief of the Information Operations and Special Technical Operations Division. Col Hare is also qualified as a foreign area officer with a western European designation.

Col Hare was born on 11 February 1968, in Woodstock, Illinois. Upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, in June 1990, he was awarded a Swiss University Grant to attend the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Col Hare then returned to the United States to complete his MA degree in Regional Economic Development at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Upon completing Intelligence Officer Training at Goodfellow AFB, TX, he volunteered for a remote assignment to the 7th Air Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, ROK. During this assignment he was active in the development and update of plans for the defense of South Korea. After a year in Osan, Col Hare volunteered to deploy to Operation Provide Comfort for four months at Incirlik AB, Turkey to serve in the Intelligence Directorate of the Combined Staff. Upon completing the deployment, he returned to Pacific Air Forces to serve as the Targeting Intelligence Officer In Charge (OIC) of the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan. While stationed at Misawa, Col Hare was selected by the 5 Air Force Senior Intelligence Officer to represent 5 AF at the 4404th Composite Wing, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia, as the OIC of the Target Intelligence Section, from Nov 96-Feb 97. In November 1997, he prepared for an assignment as a Geography Instructor back at the United States Air Force Academy. At the Academy, he was responsible for instructing over 200 cadets in World Regional Geography, as well as a number of other geography and economics classes to include Economics of Development. In January 2001, Col Forrest Hare became the first commander of Detachment 3, 26 Information Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany. The unit provided Joint/Combined Air Operations Center (J/CAOC) planning and IO employment capability to European Command during Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted preparations for Operation Iraqi Freedom before Col Hare’s departure in December, 2002. In January of 2003, Col Hare returned to Korea to serve on the Combined Forces Command staff as chief of Theater Targeting Policy. Col Hare transitioned to Intelligence Plans to lead the first-ever Intelligence Campaign Planning (ICP) effort for the Korean theater. His efforts helped establish ICP procedures for several other operation plans world-wide and earned him the Army’s prestigious Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence. In his next assignment on the Air Staff Operations Directorate, Col Hare was chosen to be on the Chief’s Cyberspace Task Force to develop the vision for the Service’s operations in its new warfighting domain. His work contributed to the stand-up of the 24th Air Force and the creation of new cyberspace doctrine.