University of Pittsburgh
November 30, 1999


Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 -- The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh will present a conference on the information revolution and its impact on national security, Dec. 7-8, at the University Club, 123 University Place, on the Pitt campus.

Sponsored by the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), United States Army War College (USAWC), the conference will focus on the impact of the current information revolution on the national security of the United States. Broad in scope, the conference will examine:

• the benefits and costs of the information and communications revolutions and their impact on intelligence, both public and private;

• implications for decision making;

• the opportunities for new threats to arise; and

• the impact of the changes in information on the way in which military forces implement their roles and missions.

Additional consideration will be given to new concepts, such as "netwars," "memetic viruses," as well as the applicability (or lack of it) of traditional U.S. concepts, such as deterrence and escalation dominance.

"Our speakers also will consider issues of institutional adaptability and areas of convergence between the needs of the public and private sectors, as well as to threats to communications and information systems, U.S. policy responses, and the role of the information operations in U.S. military strategy," said Ridgway Center Director Phil Williams.

Along with University of Pittsburgh faculty, speakers will represent government, the military, business and academe. (A tentative program agenda follows.)

Cost for the conference is $20. To register or for more information, phone 412-648-7408.

Tentative Program

The Information Revolution and Security Conference

The Matthew B. Ridgway Center for Security Studies

University of Pittsburgh

December 7-8, 1999

Tuesday, Dec. 7

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Registration

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Opening Address

The Nature of the Information Revolution

James N. Rosenau, Distinguished Professor, George Washington University

2 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Information and Decision Making

Exploiting Open Source Information

Davis Bobrow, Pitt Graduate School of Public

and International Affairs (GSPIA)

Knowledge Management - the Genoa Approach

Scott Fisher, Veridian/PSR

Intelligence Analysis/Information Overload

Lisa Krizan, Defense Intelligence Agency

Tuesday, Dec. 7 cont'd.

4 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Information and Institutional Adaptation

Lessons from Business Intelligence

John Prescott, professor, Pitt's Katz Business School

U.S. Business and E-commerce

William Drake, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment

Lessons from the Military Experience

Steve Metz, professor, USAWC

Also: Simon Reich, Paul Hammond, GSPIA professors

6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Dinner and Address

Signaling and Perception in the Information Age

Robert Jervis, professor, Columbia University

Wednesday, Dec. 8

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Information Revolution/Threats to Security

Memetic Threats

Edmund Glabus, Aegis

Asymmetric Threats/Information Warfare

Stephen Sloan, professor, University of Oklahoma

The Exploitation of Vulnerabilities

Gregory Rattray, U.S.A.F.

Also: David Isenberg, Dynacorp, and Mac Fiddner, professor, GSPIA

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Responding to Security Threats

From Incident Data to Intelligence Analysis

John Ramsey, CERT, Software Engineering

Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Dan Larkin, National Infrastructure Protection


Wednesday, Dec. 8 cont'd.

Responding to Security Threats cont'd.

Gaps in Response

Fred Tompkins, UNISYS Corporation

Toward a National Information Security Strategy

John Arquilla, Naval Post Graduate School of


Also: Mac Fiddner, professor, GSPIA

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The U.S. Military and Information Operations

Land Operations and Information Operation

Lt. Col. Michael Warsocki, U.S. Army Land Warfare


New Approaches to Information Warfare

Lt. Col. Charles Ayala, U.S.A.F.

Information Infrastructures for Expeditionary Warfare

Timothy Shimeall, CERT Software Engineering

Institute, Carnegie Mellon University