Dr. Chris Demchak

US Naval War College’s Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cyber Security and Senior Cyber Scholar, CIPI
Board Member Dr. Chris Demchak

With degrees in engineering, economics, and comparative complex organization theory/political science, Dr. Chris C. Demchak is the US Naval War College’s Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cyber Security and Senior Cyber Scholar, Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute (CIPI) – formerly the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies (C3S) which she co-founded and directed – as well as an Executive Board member of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA). Her research and many publications address global cyberspace as a globally shared, complex, insecure ‘substrate’ underlying the critical organizations of digitized societies, creating ‘cybered conflict’ and a resulting, rising ‘Cyber Westphalia’ of sovereign competitive complex socio-technical-economic systems (STESs), and inducing an urgent survival need for a ‘Cyber Operational Resilience Alliance’ (CORA) among advanced democratic allies.

Demchak takes a systemic approach in focusing on emergent structures, comparative institutional evolution, adversary/defensive use of systemic cybered tools, virtual worlds/gaming for operationalized organizational learning, and designing systemic resilience against normal or adversary imposed surprises that disrupt or disable largescale systems. Having studied the LISP programming language – as well as serving as a military officer, she has taught international security studies and management, comparative organization theory, enterprise information systems, and cybersecurity for international/ national security issues. Recent works include Designing Resilience (2010 co-edit); Wars of Disruption and Resilience (2011); and two manuscripts in production tentatively entitled Cyber Westphalia: Redrawing International Economics, Conflict, and Global Structures, and Cyber Command: Understanding National Models as Experiments in National Cyber Defense.