Michael Swetnam, editor, officer, author.
Michael Swetnam, editor, officer, author.
(Though the September 11th attacks did not include a compo...)
Though the September 11th attacks did not include a component of cyberterrorism, Alexander and Swetnam argue that they demonstrate that Osama bin Laden and al Qaida will continue to wage a relentless war against the United States that will surely at some point spread into the cyber world.
(Experts from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, wh...)
Experts from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, which includes the International Center for Terrorism Studies, discuss Basque ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) challenges to democracy and profile ETA members and operations.
(The book is designed to provide an easily accessible refe...)
The book is designed to provide an easily accessible reference for academics, policymakers, reporters, and other interested individuals on one of the most notorious terrorist groups. The volume exposes much of al-Qaida's mystique and thereby places it in perspective as one of the many challenges facing the international community in the 21st Century.
(Co-editors Timothy Sample and Michael Swetnam, along with...)
Co-editors Timothy Sample and Michael Swetnam, along with a dozen thought leaders in the realm of cybersecurity, have assembled #CyberDoc: No Borders - No Boundaries as a preliminary framework for the development of a national doctrine for the cyber era. The goal of this volume is to raise and debate the issues that a doctrine should consider, and to begin identifying a broad framework from which a doctrine might be developed. It is intended to be the start of a critically important discussion on this topic, one that will inform and guide the development of a useful and enduring doctrine, as well as subsequent policies and strategies, for the United States.
(Given the complexity of the attacks that occurred on Sept...)
Given the complexity of the attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001, the intelligence community forecast that there would likely be future attacks of equal if not greater intensity than those of ten years ago. Part of the reason for this pessimistic forecast was the Intelligence Community's lack of understanding of the full capabilities of al-Qa'ida and its ability to conduct intercontinental attacks against the United States. The outlook for al-Qa'ida and its objective of inflicting major damage to the United States and Western countries has not changed, and the threat is very much with us and will remain so in 2011 and beyond.
Michael Swetnam is a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Potomac Institute for Policy. He has served as the Chairman of the Board since its inception in 1994 when he also assisted in the founding of the company. The Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study of technology and technology policy as it affects government and industry. The Institute has conducted studies and provided support to the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NASA, Private Foundations, and several leading industries.
Swetnam is a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In this capacity, he provides expert advice to the United States Senate on the R&D investment strategy of the United States Intelligence Community. He also served on the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Counterterrorism and the Task Force on Intelligence Support to the War on Terrorism. In 1990-1992, Swetnam served as a Special Consultant to President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) where he provided expert advice on Intelligence Community issues including budget, community architecture, and major programs. He also assisted in authoring the Board's assessment of Intelligence Community support to Desert Storm/Shield.
Prior to forming the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Swetnam worked in private industry as a Vice President of Engineering at the Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, Director of Information Processing Systems at GTE, and Manager of Strategic Planning for GTE Government Systems. Prior to joining GTE, he worked for the Director of Central Intelligence as a Program Monitor on the Intelligence Community Staff (1986-1990). He was responsible for the development and presentation to Congress of the budget of the National Security Agency and helped to develop, monitor, and present to Congress the DOE Intelligence Budget. Mr. Swetnam was also assigned as the IC Staff representative to intergovernmental groups that developed the INF and START treaties. He assisted in presenting these treaties to Congress for ratification. Collateral duties included serving as the host to the DCI's Nuclear Intelligence Panel and Co-Chairman of the S&T Requirements Analysis Working Group.
Michael Swetnam served in the United States Navy in 1972-1996 as an active duty and reserve officer, Special Duty Cryptology. He has served in several public and community positions include a Northern United Kingdom Scout Master (1984-1985); a Chairman of the Term limits Referendum Committee (1992-1993); a President of the Montgomery County Corporate Volunteer Council (1993), Montgomery County Corporate Partnership for Managerial Excellence (1993), and the Maryland Business Roundtable (1993). He is also on the Board of Directors of Space and Defense Systems Inc., Dragon Hawk Entertainment Inc., and the Governing Board of The Potomac Institute of New Zealand.
Michael Swetnam, along with colleague Yonah Alexander, is the author of a four-volume set on cyber terrorism titled Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare, which talks extensively about the growing threat to the United States intelligence from terrorists. The work does not focus on groups affiliated with any one country, but several nations who are now capable of attacking other countries without risking their own lives. Each volume presents a series of documents that detail the threat to the United States information infrastructure from such sources. The threat is increased by American society's reliance on information infrastructure. Swetnam substantiates his thesis with documents from multiple sources, including the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Defense, the United States Congress, as well as from the Attorney General's office. There is also mention of several existing regulations and laws to deal with the threat of cyber terrorism and the United States government's state of readiness. Essential services such as banking, finance, communications, and health services are particularly at risk since any breakdown in services would create large-scale panic in society. In a review of Swetnam's other offering, Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network. James T. Dumie commented in Security Management that it is a concise compilation of "all relevant, significant, and publicly available documents pertaining to the multimillionaire militant, his men, and his munitions." It is a detailed reference source for all information on al-Qaida, its principles and ideologies, the structure of the terrorist organization headed by bin Laden, and its hierarchical leadership. Also covered in the discussion are sources of funding for al-Qaida, its supporters, its sphere of influence, and area of operations. A chronological chart of events provides a timeline of the rise and growth of al-Qaida. The book aims at increasing an understanding of the growth, development, and expansion of the terrorist organization.
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(Experts from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, wh...)2001
(Given the complexity of the attacks that occurred on Sept...)2012
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Michael Swetnam has been married to Karen T. Swetnam since June 15, 1971. They have three children: Kelly M., Kevin M., and Gerry Wild (foster child).