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Russian Attacks on Democracy: What’s Next?

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Russian Attacks on Democracy: What’s Next? 

Hot Topics

with David Salvo and Rand Waltzman

Moderated by Greg Dobbs

Sept. 13, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Program from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hotel Talisa | Vail

All American security agencies have agreed that Russia interfered in the last U.S. elections. In 2015, a $50 million DARPA program concluded that Russia and other actors had already made significant efforts to attack the medium of the press and its freedom. With the advances in technology and the success of the Russians and other malevolent parties creating chaos in our elections and democratic values, it is extremely concerning where this will lead for the 2018 elections and beyond.
Russia is seeking to exploit the Democratic systems of the west by sowing chaos through disinformation, attacks on political figures and institutions, assaults on the voting process, targeting of critical infrastructure, support for extremist parties and fringe views and state economic coercion. In this program, David Salvo and Rand Waltzman will describe the issues, discuss technologies to be further employed, the past success and failures of cyber-attacks and future potential successes in both the US and European spheres.
David Salvo is a deputy director of GMF’s Alliance for Securing Democracy. He has spent his entire career focused on U.S. policy toward Europe and Eurasia, with a particular concentration on Russia. Prior to joining GMF, Salvo was a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, serving most recently as the deputy secretary of state’s policy advisor for Europe, Eurasia, and international security issues. Salvo also advised senior-level State Department negotiators on the protracted conflicts in the South Caucasus, worked on U.S. policies toward NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and served overseas in Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He speaks Russian and Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of French. Salvo received his master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and a bachelor’s degree in government and Russian from Georgetown. He is an avid music lover and plays in several DC-area bands, including a tribute to the nationally renowned rock band Phish.
Rand Waltzman is currently a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining RAND, he was the acting chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute (Washington, DC) of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that, he did a five-year tour as a Program Manager in the Information Innovation Office of DARPA where he created and managed the Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program and the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) insider threat detection program.
Rand joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he taught and performed research in applications of machine intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. Before his professorship, he served as a DARPA Program Manager focusing on machine intelligence and image understanding. Rand has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation, and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington.
From his “boots on the ground” news coverage in more than 80 countries around the world, particularly throughout the Middle East and Russia, moderator Greg Dobbs is a professional speaker on global affairs, the author of two books and a journalist for almost 50 years, spending most of his time as a correspondent— including roughly two decades as a foreign and war correspondent— for two American television networks, primarily ABC News. Dobbs is the winner of three Emmy awards and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2017, he was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.
This program is generously underwritten by Brian Stockmar. The Hot Topics series is generously underwritten by Cindy Engles and Kathy & Neal Kimmel.

Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m.

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