The GW Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) is establishing four standing task forces as part of its recent reorganization. These four task forces will play a critical role in driving the Center’s policy agenda, including by setting priorities for research and policy analysis. The membership of each task force will include a mix of individuals from the Center’s Board, its Policy Advisory Committee, its senior fellows, participants in its corporate membership program, and other distinguished subject matter experts. Below is a description of each task force and its priority areas of focus.
Counterterrorism & Intelligence Task Force
The Counterterrorism and Intelligence Task Force will focus on issues such as foreign fighter activities in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and other countries, and their impact on homeland threats; efforts to counter radicalization towards violent Islamist extremism, including online radicalization; domestic intelligence and counterterrorism activities, including the role of state and local law enforcement in counterterrorism; and addressing terrorist threats to aviation and other transportation systems.
Cybersecurity Task Force
The Cybersecurity Task Force will focus on issues such as assessments of the capabilities and intentions of current cyber threat actors; international governance on cybersecurity; the role of the private sector in cybersecurity, including the concept of “active defense”; corporate governance of cybersecurity; security issues related to the “Internet of Things”; and challenges associated with enhancing cybersecurity-related information sharing.
Homeland Security Strategy and Emerging Threats Task Force
The Homeland Security Strategy and Emerging Threats Task Force will focus on issues such as strategic long-term priorities for homeland security, particularly with respect to emerging threats (including biological threats), and technological and societal developments; issues related to the organization, integration, management, and budget of the Department of Homeland Security; and the Congressional oversight of homeland security.
Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Task Force
The Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Task Force will focus on issues such as the security of lifeline infrastructure systems (e.g., energy, water, telecommunications) from both physical and cyber threats; the security of the global supply chain; developing metrics for assessing infrastructure risks and system resilience; and preparedness against catastrophic threats.