Dinner Meeting  - 02.15.2018
It is unlikely that there is anyone who is not familiar with the term cyber security and aware that there are threats at the personal, corporate, and national level arising from our increasing dependence on cyber space. But few of us have a clear understanding of the realities and trade-offs associated with these threats and their mitigation. One of the best qualified people in the US national security establishment to frame these issues, Mr. Harvey Rishikof will put cyber threats in context and lay out the future implications for our security.
Harvey Rishikof is Director Military Commissions and Convening Authority at DoD, and the co-chair of the ABA National Task Force on Cybersecurity and the Law. Most recently, he was senior counsel at Crowell & Moring, dean of faculty at the National War College, and held a joint appointment at Drexel University in the law school and the iSchool, College of Information Science and Technology. His previous government position was senior policy advisor to the director of national counterintelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Before joining the government, he was at the National Defense University, National War College in Washington, D.C., where he served as professor of law and national security studies, and also chaired the department of national security strategy.
Mr. Rishikof specializes in national security law, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties, civilian/military relations, governmental process, and the U.S. Constitution. His career includes experiences in the private sector, academia and public service and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. He was also legal counsel to the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1994-96), Mr. Rishikof, a former federal court of appeals law clerk in the Third Circuit for the Honorable Leonard I. Garth, served as chief of staff for the Chief Justice and was involved in general policy issues concerning the federal court system. In this capacity, he acted as liaison to the Executive Branch, Congress, the Federal Judicial Center and the Administrative Office of the United States Court.
He was in private practice in Boston with Hale and Dorr. Mr. Rishikof has authored many publications and monographs including the article "Morality, Ethics, and Law in the War on Terrorism (The Long War),” as part of the West Point terrorism series Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives; and co-edited a book, Patriots Debate (2012). His most recent book publication is “The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth,” (2009, 2nd ed 2017).