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.