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Catalyst Contributors Weigh in on Cyber Warfare

May 15, 2017 by William McKenzie
The current issue of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute contains several pieces that look at the unfolding challenges in the cyber world.

The ransomware attack that debilitated computers across Europe Friday highlights how cyber attacks are a growing threat to companies and nations alike. The current issue of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute contains several pieces that look at the unfolding challenges in the cyber world. 

  • Marie O'Neill Sciarrone, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and now president of Trinity Cyber LLC, defines cyber warfare in her Catalyst essay and how we need policies that match the growth of the cyber domain. As Sciarrone writes, "cyber warfare is a game-changer." 
  • Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates contends in an interview that his biggest cyber concern is from a non-state actor or a rogue actor like North Korea. Not that nations like Russia don't possess cyber capabilities, but rogue leaders may basically dare us to retaliate.
  • Admiral Patrick Walsh, former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet who now is a fellow at SMU’s Tower Center, explains that the cyber world presents a vulnerability because "just about anybody can get in and act on their motivations inside the cyber domain."
  • General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force who now heads Business Executives for National Security, writes that our adversaries have become adaptive in hacking businesses and governments. To defeat them, the military needs to be more nimble in acquiring and developing technologies. 

You can read their essays and interviews -- plus those from others -- in the spring edition of The Catalyst.



William McKenzie
William McKenzie

William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.

Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.

Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.

Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.

McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.

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