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February 25

National Security, Telecommunications and 5G – Using all tools to stop Cyber Espionage

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Join national security experts for a briefing on national security and telecommunications. The American Security Project will bring together national security experts for a Capitol Hill briefing on the threat of Chinese telecom giant Huawei to our national security, and how to pre-empt these threats.

Location: Room 188, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Date: Monday, February 25th, 2019

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

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Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers: Rogers is a former member of Congress representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, officer in the U.S. Army, and FBI special agent. In the House, Rogers chaired the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. In Congress Rogers was–and remains–a prominent leader on cybersecurity. During his tenure he shepherded multiple cybersecurity bills through the legislative process, greatly enhancing America’s cybersecurity posture.


Rear Admiral (Ret.) David G. Simpson: David Simpson has influenced U.S. National Defense and Homeland Security policy for over 30 years. He currently is leading Pelorus Consulting Services. He is a Professor at Virginia Tech, leading Cybersecurity Risk studies for Pamplin College of Business. He served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013 to 2017. Rear Admiral Simpson served in the U.S. Navy in leadership positions at sea and around the world. As a Flag Officer he served as Director of Navy Networks, Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and Director of Communications and Information Services in Iraq. Admiral Simpson is a graduate of the United States Naval Agademy and earned a master’s degree in space systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.


Bishop Garrison, Interim Executive Director, Truman National Security Project: A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Garrison served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Army Cavalry Regiment where he was the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Badge. After his service in the Army, Garrison graduated from the William and Mary School of Law and served in the Obama Administration at the Department of Defense and at the Department of Homeland Security. He also served as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Clinton Campaign in 2016.


Matthew Wallin (moderator): Matthew Wallin is the fellow for public diplomacy at American Security Project.


Key Reading:

Huawei and ZTE have no place in our networks

Andy Keiser, former senior adviser to the House Intelligence Committee and fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, writes in Morning Consult that Huawei and ZTE have no place in our networks.

China threat looms over Senate 5G hearing

Senators signaled support for building a fifth-generation wireless network, but raised concerns that China is already on its way to establishing dominance.

The Huawei threat is real. Congress should act accordingly

Bishop Garrison, Interim Executive Director of Truman National Security Project and former Obama Administration official and Iraq war veteran, draws much-needed attention to the national security threats presented by Huawei and ZTE technologies as T-Mobile, Sprint, and their parent companies refuse to commit to the American public not to use the Chinese companies in building 5G infrastructure if allowed to merge.

Foreign Policy & National Security Experts Voice Huawei Concerns in Context of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

While T-Mobile is named as a victim of Huawei’s alleged crimes, its parent company the German phone company Deutsche Telekom has continued to partner with Huawei on its 5G deployments around the globe.

Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE

A report by Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives, 112th Congress, October 8, 2012

NSI Policy Paper – Chines Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTA: Countering a Hostile Foreign Threat

By Andy Keiser and Bryan Smith, highlighting the national security threat of these Chinese companies are heightening cybersecurity concerns for the U.S., allies and partners.