2016: War in the 21st Century

The way war is fought is an evolving process, and cyberattacks have become an increasingly important aspect in waging war. One of the main reasons for the rise in cyberattacks stems from the flexibility in the ways such attacks may be carried out. The flexibility of cyberattacks allows both individuals as well as governments as a whole to act and provides the ability to affect a large number of people and cause widespread damage. It also allows minimally capable militaries to level the playing field with more sophisticated conventional military powers.

The consequences of not being prepared can be devastating to our nation, both to national security and economic order, and the United States should be wary of falling into the trap of “fighting the last war.” It is with this in mind that the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs invites you to its 2016 symposium, “War in the 21st Century: Cyberterrorism, Cybersecurity, and the Law of War.”



Friday, April 15, 2016


Penn State Law at Pennsylvania State University

Lewis Katz Building,

University Park, PA 16802



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            Breakfast, Registration, and CLE Check-In

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.             Welcome and Introduction

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Charles Blanchard: “Applying the Law of Armed Conflict to Cyber-War”

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.           Eric Jensen: “Tallinn Manual 2.0: Expanding the Laws of Cyber-War”

11:15 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m.          Col. Gary Brown: “The Internet vs. Cyberspace: How the U.S. Government Should Stop Focusing on the Internet and Start Focusing on Cyberspace”

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.             Michael Bahar: “Preparedness, Response, Recover, and Resilience in the Face of the Coming Cyber Storms: How the U.S. Government Can and Should Promote Cybersecurity—and How They Should Not”

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             Stewart Baker: “Cyberwar: The Lawyers Won’t Save Us”

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.             Scott Sigmund Gartner: Panel Discussion

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Closing Remarks


Registration to this event has closed.