Lessons Learned: NUARI Exercise Designer Returns from Army War College Symposium with Powerful Homeland Defense Insights

Lessons Learned: NUARI Exercise Designer Returns from Army War College Symposium with Powerful Homeland Defense Insights

Fil Khosh, A NUARI exercise designer, attended the Homeland Defense Symposium at the US War College last week. The Symposium featured three panels for attendees: Defending Critical Infrastructure, Contested Deployment, and Cognitive Defense. Fil's attendance at the Symposium directly benefits NUARI in several ways. His exposure to the latest thinking in the three panels equips him to design more comprehensive and realistic resiliency exercises.

The "Defending Critical Infrastructure" panel offered in-depth insights into emerging threats and vulnerabilities, allowing him to tailor exercises that address the most pressing national security concerns.

The "Contested Deployment" panel illuminated the real-world logistics and security challenges during deployments. This insight has enabled him to design exercises that enhance our forces' preparedness for such scenarios.

Finally, the "Cognitive Defense" panel emphasized the genuine threat that Cognitive Warfare poses to the American population. This panel prompted him to recognize the significance of studying and researching strategies to counter misinformation and disinformation campaigns that continually target our nation. The insights gained from this panel have equipped him with new ideas on incorporating cognitive warfare elements into the injects of future scenarios, aiming to enhance the realism and impact of exercises, thus contributing to the improvement of national security and the safety of our country.

By incorporating what he learned at the Symposium into future exercises, Fil can create more realistic, thorough, and challenging scenarios that better prepare organizations for the evolving threats they face. Fil's attendance at the Symposium positions him as a valuable resource within our organization, able to share his expertise and insights with colleagues, further enhancing our collective knowledge and preparedness.

Jakon Hays

Jakon Hays

Jakon is the Senior Marketing and Strategic Communications Specialist for Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). He develops and executes digital and social media awareness initiatives promoting NUARI's mission of enabling a resilient society through rapid research, development, and education in cybersecurity, defense technologies, and information warfare.

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