Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘Cyber Warfare’

Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘Cyber Warfare’

1/14/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, will speak on the topic of “Defense and Technology: What the Future of Cyber Warfare Holds for Us” at a colloquium on Friday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419.289.5411 or

Carafano will address a number of issues, including that a future cyberwar will be crowded, fast and likely to escalate; that the barriers to entry for offensive cyber capabilities are low and the field of cyber actors is getting crowded; that AI and other automation will drive cybersecurity and offensive cyber capabilities to be faster, more agile and increasingly autonomous; and that as more actors participate and as cyberwar speeds up, the risk for unintended consequences, miscalculation and escalation goes up too.

Carafano is the vice president of The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow. He directs Heritage's team of foreign and defense policy experts on the front lines of international affairs.

Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher. He has published many books including, Surviving the End, which addresses emergency preparedness, and Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World, a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security.

Carafano is a 25-year Army veteran who rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service's highest-ranking officer. He also is president of a nonprofit organization, Esprit de Corps, which educates the public about veteran affairs.

As an expert on foreign affairs, defense, intelligence and homeland security issues, Carafano has testified many times before Congress. From 2012 to 2014, Carafano served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council convened by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A graduate of West Point, Carafano holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University. He also holds a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

Carafano is a regular guest analyst for major U.S. network and cable television news organizations, from ABC to Fox to MSNBC to PBS, National Public Radio, and the History Channel. From SkyNews to Al Jazeera, he also has appeared on TV news programs originating in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iran, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Vietnam.

Carafano’s op-ed columns and commentary are published widely, including the Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Washington Times and Forbes.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States.