About the Cyber Strategy Development course
Every organization, both public and private sector, requires a strategy that addresses cyberspace. This course introduces students to the complexities involved in the development of such a strategy. It also helps to develop strong critical thinking skills by requiring students to integrate strategic thought, cyberspace, intelligence, and planning and use this integrated approach to assess and develop cyberspace related strategies.
Cyber Strategy Development begins by introducing students to various concepts and methods associated with strategy and plan development, as well as cyberspace, intelligence, and specifically cyber intelligence. Through complementary study, interaction, and practice, students will then gain an understanding of the intersection between cyberspace, intelligence, strategy, planning, and application across diverse environments. The course culminates with each student producing a cyber strategy for an organization of their choosing. The strategy document serves as the final paper and the strategy presentation (including Q&A) serves as the final exam.
This course will be offered on Wednesdays this fall, 5:30-8:30 PM (Sept. 4-Oct. 16).
Professor: Joseph Billingsley
Joe Billingsley is an adjunct professor and advisor of the Cyber Intelligence Initiative at The Institute of World Politics, Director of Strategic Engagement at the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University, founder of the Military Cyber Professionals Association, adjunct faculty at the George Washington University, Advisor of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative, creator of Cyber Embassy Night, Fellow at the Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation, and Special Advisor of the peer-reviewed journal Military Cyber Affairs.
He is a former U.S. Army Strategist and Cyber Operations Officer. He has served in various executive and staff positions at each echelon from Platoon to General Staff, including a 15 month Surge deployment to Iraq as part of the 1st Armored Division, engagement activities in the former Warsaw Pact, and on the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS Mount Whitney during the Arab Spring.
He is a graduate of programs at the Naval War College, Army War College, Military Intelligence School, and Army School of Information Technology. He holds a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Cyber Systems and Operations (as well as a Graduate Certificate in Cyber War Gaming) from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Sciences with a research focus of innovation adoption across social networks.
Elective Course Eligibility
Students may take this course as part of the following programs:
- M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs
- M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies
- M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs
- M.A. in Strategic and International Studies (Professional)
- Doctor of Statecraft and National Security
- Certificate in Corporate Statecraft
- Certificate in Counterintelligence
- Certificate in Cyber Statecraft
- Certificate in Homeland Security
- Certificate in Intelligence
- Certificate in National Security Affairs