Dr. Samantha Ravich is the Chief Executive Officer of A2P, and also serves as an Advisor to The Chertoff Group and Freedom Capital Investment Management. Dr. Ravich was Deputy National Security Advisor for Vice President Cheney and served in the White House for 5½ years where she was the Vice President’s representative on Asian and Middle East Affairs as well as on Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation.
Following her time at the White House, Dr. Ravich was the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. She serves as the Principal Investigator on the recently released monograph, “Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: An Evolving Challenge.” Dr. Ravich is member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as an Advisor to the US Intelligence Community and is a frequent keynote speaker on international security, cyber, and the future of intelligence.
Her book, “Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences,” (Cambridge University Press) is used as a basic textbook in international economics, political science, and Asian studies college courses. She received her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School and her MCP/BSE from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School.
It is not hyperbole to say that nearly everything that powers, motivates, and protects our economy, our civilization, and our citizenry is under a cyber-attack. It is our electric grid, our transportation system, our most sensitive healthcare information, our entire financial backbone, our most valuable intellectual property, our weapons/military logistics and war plans. Who is doing it, why, and what does this mean for boards, companies, professional services firms, and the average citizenry? How does one fulfill professional responsibilities and minimize the target on their backs?
- Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare
- What every Board should know about Cyber
- What every company should know about Cyber
- What every professional services firm should know about Cyber
Territorial disputes are as old as humankind. And whether the borders and maps drawn up during the first half of the twentieth century can be praised for creating a stability of sorts for fifty years or blamed for creating many of the regional and sub-regional grievances today, what appears likely is that borders and territories within the Middle East and North Africa are shifting in profound ways that could have significant ramifications for the US military and national security.
Nearly 60 million people around the world have been forced from their homes and more than 20 million of them are categorized as refugees. Who are these people? What do they want and need? How are they connected to one another and to us in the more stable parts of the world? Technology changes are at the heart of some of the most intractable problems we now face, such as the worldwide refugee crisis, yet may also help solve some of these challenges.
Wife, mother of two daughters, national security expert and technological entrepreneur are hard enough to balance. But add into that mix the need to compartmentalize much of the work because it is either classified or just too tiring to explain to a spouse, child, parent or friend and the balancing act becomes even more difficult. But somehow, we can not only “muddle through” but prevail.