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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a major address on disarmament and nonproliferation.

April 2014 Events

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, CNS Building (Videoconference Room)

Sponsored By CNS.

A Seminar: “Negotiating Nuclear Consensus - Lessons from the 2010 NPT-Review Conference”, Speaker Ambassador Alexander Marschik

Ambassador Marschik is the Austrian Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union. He formerly served as the Director for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation at the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs. Ambassador Marschik holds a Masters and Doctor Degree of Law from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, CNS Building (Seminar Room)

Sponsored By CNS.

A Seminar: “A 10-Year Retrospective of North Korea's Nuclear Program” By Speaker Dr. Siegfried Hecker


Dr. Siegfried Hecker is a research professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He previously served as Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Thursday April 17, 2014, 12pm - 1:30pm, Morse B105

Sponsored by MonTREP and the TSC.

Dr. Tristan James Mabry is the founding Executive Director of the Joint Foreign Area Officer Program and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs, School of International Graduate Studies, at the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Mabry is a specialist in the comparative politics of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and identity politics across Eurasia. His current research addressees the intersection of ethnicity and Islam, particularly in the cases of separatist movements found across the Muslim world, from the Middle East to Central, South, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Mabry holds four degrees in political science from three different countries. He received his B.A. in Canada from McGill University; his M.Sc. (with Distinction) in the United Kingdom from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and his M.A. and Ph.D. in the United States from the University of Pennsylvania. His international experience includes more than seven years of study abroad - in Honduras, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Egypt - and travel to more than forty countries.

Charlie Thorson, an NPTS student, will be presenting his honors thesis for 15-20 minutes prior to Dr. Tristan Mabry. Charlie will be presenting the work he as done so far on his thesis that explores the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Using public statements and various open source materials, Charlie will speak briefly about his examination of the relationship in the context of the Mohamed Morsi presidency and to an extent after the June 30th coup in Egypt.

April 17, 2014, 2:00 pm, McGowan, Room MG 100 (Auditorium)

Sponsored By MCySec and CSWG.

“Combating Cybercrime with Cyber Intelligence” By Mr. Andrew Komarov, CEO of IntelCrawler Cyber Intelligence Firm

Mr. Andrew Komarov, CEO of Private Intelligence Firm IntelCrawler, will be providing a guest lecture on how he has been taking down Russian/Eastern European hackers, cyber criminals and threat groups.


Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, CNS Videoconference Room

Sponsored By CNS. 

A Seminar: “The 1993 U.S.-Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement:  The Most Successful Nuclear Nonproliferation Program Ever” By Greg Dwyer


The 1993 United States-Russian Federation Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) Purchase Agreement has been noted by many observers to be the most successful U.S.-Russia nonproliferation program ever undertaken.  The Agreement’s major goals of downblending 500 metric tons (MT) of Russian weapons-origin HEU, enough material for 20,000 nuclear warheads, to low enriched uranium (LEU) and delivering the LEU to the United States were achieved in late 2013.  Over the last fifteen years, this LEU has been responsible for producing 10% of the United States annual electricity output.  At its core, the 1993 Agreement was precedent setting in its requirements for both countries to undertake on-site and technical transparency measures to ensure the provisions of the Agreement were being verifiably fulfilled and in the unique Government-Industry cooperation that was critical to the Agreement’s commercial and nonproliferation success.


Greg Dwyer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Director of NNSA’s U.S.-Russia HEU Transparency Program and a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will give a briefing on the 1993 HEU Agreement and share his views on future nuclear transparency and verification activities with Russia, within the P5, and beyond.

May 1, 2014, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, V499 (Video Conference Room)

Sponsored By MCySec and CSWG.

“Hackback? Claptrap! An Active Defense Continuum for the Private Sector” By Dr. Irving Lachow, Principal Cyber Security Engineer, The MITRE Corporation

Dr. Irving Lachow has spent over 20 years working at the intersection of technology and policy issues, with the last 15 years being primarily focused on cybersecurity. Dr. Lachow is currently a Principal Cyber Security Engineer at The MITRE Corporation where he works on a wide range of cyber security issues both internally for government sponsors. In addition to working at MITRE, Dr. Lachow is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chair of the Board of Advisors of the National Cybersecurity Institute, and serves as an adviser to the State of Virginia's Mach37 Cyber Accelerator initiative. Dr. Lachow has authored or coauthored more than 30 publications, including books, articles, and reports. He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Kennedy School of Government, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Notable media appearances include the PBS NewsHour, CNN, CSPAN, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and Time.com. Dr. Lachow received his Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned an A.B. in political science and a B.S. in physics from Stanford University.

May 2, 2014, Time/Location:TBD

Sponsored By MCySec and CSWG.

“Identifying the Actors Behind Malware and Cyber Attacks” By Mr. Adam Meyers, Vice President of Intelligence, Crowdstike, Inc.

Adam Meyers has over a decade of experience within the information security industry. Meyers has authored numerous papers that have appeared at peer reviewed industry venues and has received awards for his dedication to the field. At CrowdStrike, he serves as the VP of Intelligence. Within this role it is his responsibility to oversee all of CrowdStrike’s intelligence gathering and analytic activities. His Global Team supports both the Product and Services divisions at CrowdStrike and he manages these endeavors and expectations. Prior to joining CrowdStrike, he was the Director of Cyber Security Intelligence with the NPO Division of SRA International. He served as a senior subject matter expert for cyber threat and cyber security matters for a variety of SRA projects.