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NDU to Host Cyber Beacon

16-001 | June 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Patricia Coopersmith

Release No. 2016-06-29                              Director of Outreach and Partnerships

June 29, 2016                                                 National Defense University IRMC



Cyber Beacon III at NDU July 13-14, 2016


Washington, DC – On Wednesday and Thursday, July 13th and 14th, approximately 100 government leaders, academics, and private sector executives will gather at the National Defense University (NDU) campus at Fort Lesley J. McNair for Cyber Beacon III. This event will provoke the development of creative ideas on how we collectively deliver national security in cyberspace and will inform educational requirements for the cyber workforce. Cyber domain thought leaders will confront existing approaches, and each other, using a cross-discipline lens examining critical issues in policy, operations, and technology. Bringing together participants from across the U.S. cyber domain, Cyber Beacon is designed to produce actionable recommendations for NDU’s cyberspace education programs, the Department of Defense and government, and the cyberspace community of practice.


Although this is an invitation-only event with limited seating, a small number of spaces are still available. To request invitations to attend, please contact with your name, title, and contact information. Someone will get back to you quickly. Cyber Beacon III is being coordinated by the Information Resources Management College (IRMC) at the National Defense University (NDU).


Day One sessions will focus on current and emerging challenges and opportunities in cyberspace, from what constitutes cyber war to the basic assumptions about defense in depth. Day Two will focus on innovation and technology, and the impact on how we develop our workforce. Agenda highlights are as follows:


Day One (July 13):

o   The New Face of Conflict: What constitutes actual cyber war?

o   Balancing Security and Mission Effectiveness: Does the commander understand the tension between data security and mission execution?

o   Evening Reception  


Day Two (July 14):

o   Innovation at Risk: Can we balance the need to maintain operations while providing an opportunity for creative initiatives and adoption of new technologies?

o   Workplace of the Future: If machines are doing the majority of the work, will the role of “the human in the loop” drive a need for greater judgment and critical thinking? 


We are pleased to announce the confirmation of Keynote Speakers:


Admiral Michael S. Rogers,

Commander U.S. Cyber Command,

Director National Security Agency,

Chief Central Security Service



Letitia Long,

Former Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency



IRMC is a DoD institution that educates and prepares selected military and civilian leaders and advisors to develop and implement cyberspace strategies, and to leverage information and technology to advance national and global security. Although most students are military or DoD civilians, the school also accepts federal agency, private sector, and international students into its graduate programs. Courses are completed on campus and/or online. For more information about the college, contact the Outreach Director at, visit the website at, or connect with the iCollege on Facebook.   


NDU is a strategic national resource that prepares senior leaders to think and operate effectively at the highest levels in an increasingly dynamic, complex, and unpredictable international security environment. It does this by preparing them to understand, develop, and employ strategies that incorporate all elements of national power. This premier senior leader development is made possible by NDU’s holistic approach and unique combination of curriculum, location, and student/faculty diversity. NDU students develop an understanding of the canon of strategic theory, and are able to apply and creatively adapt this knowledge to current and future security challenges. For more information about NDU, contact or visit