Cyber Caucus Meeting with Melissa Hathaway and Jim Lewis

Mar 24, 2009

We would like to invite you to join the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus for the 111th Congress.  Cybersecurity is a critical national security and economic stability challenge for our country. Computers control everything, from our banking systems to our electric grid, our military networks to our business and government functions. Never, in the history of the world, have so many people had so much access to ideas, knowledge and skills.  However, increased access also opens up additional vulnerabilities that allow our adversaries to potentially cause catastrophic economic and physical harm to our country.

Nation-states, terrorists, and other actors who seek to harm our nation understand that the future of warfare is through cyber attack.  In recent years, American military leaders have noted an unfortunate increase in cyber attacks.  For instance:

  • Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright told Congress in March 2007 that “America is under widespread attack in cyberspace.”
  • Maj. Gen. William Lord (Air Force) stated publicly in 2007 that “China has downloaded 10 to 20 terabytes of data from the NIPRNet [DOD unclassified network] already.”
  • Lt. General Charles Croom (JTF-Global Net Operations) says that cyber attackers “are not denying, disrupting, or destroying [American military] operations – yet.  But that doesn’t mean they don't have the capability.”  (Source: Air Force, Victory in Cyberspace: An Air Force Special Report, October 2007)

Securing our networks is not simply a responsibility for the U.S. military.  Mitigating vulnerabilities in America’s critical infrastructure networks involves the work of a wide variety of government agencies and private sector entities.  Everyone – both the public and private sectors – plays a role in securing cyberspace, and we must all work together to confront these threats.  

We agree, and ask you to join us in this bipartisan effort to develop better technologies, policies, and relationships between business and government to help protect our nation from cyber threats.

We would also like to invite new and returning Members of the Cyber Caucus to our first event, 1:00 pm on March 26 in Room HC-8 in the U.S. Capitol.  We will be hosting two individuals at the forefront of cybersecurity policy development:

  • Melissa Hathaway, Senior Director for Cybersecurity at the National Security Council, who is currently charged with conducting a 60 day review of the Federal cybersecurity mission.
  • Jim Lewis, Director of the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Administration.

This event will be for Members and staff only

More information on the details of this event will follow.  Please contact Davis Hake, 5-2735, on Congressman Langevin's staff for details on the event or to join the Caucus.