PERSPECTIVE: Critical National Security Implications in ITC’s 5G Patent Review

The following article, by Christopher Burnham, former Under Secretary General for Management of the United Nations, originally appeared in Homeland Security Today on July 29, 2020.

In March, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) was asked to investigate an obscure patent complaint by a recently created foreign company that has the potential to stall American advancement in the race to 5G and provoke significant national security repercussions. Given that the development of 5G could transform the global distribution of power by stimulating the fourth technological revolution, the United States has every incentive to dedicate their extensive resources to … Read More

COMMENTARY: Nate Snyder Joins Experts in Highlighting a Major Consequence of The Trump Administration’s Unbalanced Response to Recent Protests

Nate Snyder, a former counterintelligence senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, joins experts in a Vanity Fair article criticizing the Trump administration’s asymmetric approaches to recent social unrest. In it, they address Trump’s aggressive responses against racial-justice protests in Portland and link the absence of those concerning state-shutdown order protests to the growing prominence of white nationalist groups. 

Snyder, now a Senior Advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors, helps shed light on how the administration’s lack of response to extremist activities could be seen as a sign of public endorsement to fringe right-wing groups like the Proud Boys and … Read More

COMMENTARY: General Francis Taylor – Homeland security is critical as hurricane season makes waves

General Francis Taylor, a Global Cyber Policy Watch advisory board member, proposes several critical reforms to better prepare the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address the evolving threats to American security in a new op-ed for The Hill

As Former Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at DHS, General Taylor is well-versed in security and counterterrorism issues. In his article, he illustrates the ways in which the history and design of DHS prevents it from rapidly adapting to address challenges other than terrorism. General Taylor suggests that DHS implement overarching reforms to gain greater control over its departments, construct … Read More

COMMENTARY: Douglas E. Lute – Trump’s Use of Military This Week is Unacceptable. “We are now at a point where real damage is being done.”

Douglas E. Lute, a retired 3-star general and current CEO of Cambridge Global Advisors, adds his voice to the group of retired military leaders who are condemning President Trump’s recent use of the military to disband peaceful protests. 

Formerly the United States Ambassador to the North Atlantic Council, General Lute discusses with Rachel Maddow the deterioration of the President’s relationship with the traditionally apolitical military establishment and how the recent handling of protests in Lafayette Park represents the most serious step in the wrong direction. This week, Lute explains, “we saw the prospect where American active duty soldiers might be … Read More

COMMENTARY: General Frank Taylor & Nate Snyder Speak To The Trump Administration’s Expansive New Watchlist

General Frank Taylor and Nate Snyder weighed in on the White House’s new national security watchlist in a recent Newsweek article, both highlighting concerns over the loose criteria necessary to add individuals to the list.

Taylor, a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and current Senior Advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors, questions the constitutionality of the policy, which does not require evidence of unlawful behavior in order to list private citizens alongside terrorists and international criminals. General Taylor draws parallels between the watchlist and the oppressive actions of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union under the leadership … Read More

COMMENTARY: Doug Lute — NATO Needs Strong U.S. Leadership

On December 2nd, NPR’s David Greene spoke with Global Cyber Policy Watch board member and form Ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, to glean his insights into the challenges that NATO is facing. This discussion comes after French President Emmanuel Macron called the alliance “brain-dead,” a claim that has received criticism from world leaders, including Germany’s Angela Merkel and – more recently – Turkish President Erdogan.

Ambassador Lute pointed to unreliable White House leadership as the greatest disruption to NATO’s objectives, which has undermined the alliance’s mission by questioning its value.

The 29 NATO member countries will convene at the 2019

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COMMENTARY: GCPW Advisory Board Members Warn Against Huawei

On September 24, 2019, Global Cyber Policy Watch hosted a teleconference connecting three former Department of Homeland Security officials – Governor Tom Ridge, Chris Cummiskey, and Nate Snyder – with the press. Federal Computer Week summarized the key takeaways, noting their warnings: “Huawei’s grip on 5G gear poses a threat to telecommunications infrastructure.”

The goal of the event was to inform the media about the challenges associated with 5G and how security and cooperation play a role in the global 5G rollout. The connection between Huawei and the Chinese state, the need for standardization efforts, and the evolving threat landscape … Read More

Huawei’s Record of Wrongdoing: Top 10 Offenses That Should Cause Pause

As discussions around 5G networks and cybersecurity vulnerabilities evolve, Huawei has remained a central target of critique. Current concerns surrounding Huawei are borne out of a number of recognized offenses committed by the Chinese 5G leader. Not only does China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, which requires private organizations and citizens to cooperate with the state’s intelligence efforts, raise a red flag, but Huawei’s past business practices have cause for alarm. In several instances around the world, Huawei has been investigated for fraud and corruption.

Huawei leadership has demonstrated a willingness to engage in sketchy behavior to advance its low-cost technology, … Read More

5G Interoperability 101: How the Adoption of Open, Interoperable Standards of 5G Can Protect Nations from Foreign Adversaries

As nations throughout the world deploy the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, they must assess and prepare for attacks on this critical communications infrastructure. China’s global expansion into the telecommunications market via companies like Huawei, a technology giant with connections to the People’s Republic of China, poses a credible cyber-threat to these networks and to the overall safety of a nation. The European Commission recognizes these concerns and is currently conducting an EU-wide risk assessment, analyzing the threats that Huawei and other Chinese technology companies present.

Mitigating the Risk:

Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese companies are subject to a

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