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SIGS Dean Presents on the Cyber Pearl Harbor at Monterey Rotary
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Brian H. Abel

SIGS Dean Presents on the Cyber Pearl Harbor at Monterey Rotary

By MC2 Brian H. Abel

Dr. James Wirtz, Dean of NPS’ School of International Graduate Studies offers a presentation to the local Monterey Rotary at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Dec. 7. Wirtz discussed how enemies of the U.S. could use modern technology to gain an upper hand in a wartime environment, or as a preemptive strike against the U.S.

The talk included topics such as vulnerabilities associated with a cyber-attack, and the dangers of a cyber-related conflict with North Korea. The discussion was offered as part of Wirtz’s ongoing effort to raise awareness of the issue that also include a collection of essays entitled< Understandinxcg Intelligence Failure: Warning Response and Deterrence and an article entitled Intelligence and National Security.

“I think it’s important that NPS faculty come out and share their expertise with local business and community leaders,” said Wirtz. “It demonstrates what we do at NPS so they’re aware of it and so they have a stake in it. It’s an opportunity to teach people about what we do.”

Robert Klevan, President of the Rotary Club of Monterey and himself a music teacher and director, feels a personal fondness for NPS due to its students being involved in community events like the Carmel church choir, where he directed.

“We feel so fortunate to have an organization like NPS that’s close to us with so many outstanding professors and students who can come and speak to us on world and local affairs,” said Klevan. “We often just see what’s on print or on TV so to bring in experts is great for our club and our organization.”

Klevan added that all of the Rotarians show up for meetings when they know NPS faculty or staff is present to speak.

“I hope we continue this relationship,” said Klevam. “We want to have more speakers come, and we like to actually have [NPS faculty, staff and students] join our club.

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