UNK Cybersecurity Major Jordan Schnell shares research with US Strategic Command – UNK News

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OMAHA – Strategic Deterrence Interns from the University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) recently presented the final research findings from their internship experience to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, Deputy Commander of Command American strategy.

Hosted at Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, the hour-long briefing provided an opportunity for NU students and ROTC cadets from multiple institutions to share their growing knowledge of strategic deterrence and the end products of three research projects:

  • On the road to war for a new NSRI wargame
  • Game theory for the tripolar deterrence environment
  • Best practices for mitigating cyber vulnerabilities induced by electromagnetic spectrum pathways

“Strategic deterrence is not a static concept, and neither is research,” Bussière said. “I so appreciate the work that NRSI does for strategic deterrence and our national security. Your research sets the stage for the future of deterrence and must be continued and implemented. That’s why we need people like these future leaders to join us in the strategic command enterprise.

Through this experience, the interns enhanced their national security expertise, their skills in their disciplines, and their confidence as professionals, which was demonstrated by their individual contributions to Bussière.

In just four weeks, the five ROTC cadets have developed a comprehensive road to war for an upcoming NSRI war game that will investigate ultra-low and ultra-low yield nuclear employment in a China-Taiwan conflict. Developing the path to war required researching the current rising tensions in the region, and then artfully and realistically translating those tensions into a conflict scenario where the potential employment of nuclear power could be examined.

“I learned that without the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence, in particular, other national security efforts could not succeed,” said Gavin Morse, a U.S. Army cadet and international relations specialist at the Washington University. “The continued exposure to deterrence at the strategic level has inspired me to continue working in this sector.”

A cohort of four NU students applied game theory to understand and model deterrence strategies between multiple competitors, particularly the United States, Russia, and China. Game theory provides a rational framework based on the construction of rigorous models that describe situations of conflict and cooperation between rational decision makers.

“I’m taking away quite a bit of knowledge about game theory, a subject I knew little about before starting this internship,” said Grant VanRobays, a political science student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “Game theory is fundamentally about breaking down decision-making into a series of moves by each player in the ‘game.’ I can use this mindset to help improve my own decision-making skills. »

Under the umbrella of Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations, two New York University students investigated best practices for mitigating cyber vulnerabilities induced by radio frequency (RF) pathways. A specific area of ​​interest in this research is whether crowdsourced ethical hacking could be a viable solution. Understanding the latest RF threat mitigation efforts emerging in the commercial world, which was the focus of the students’ work, will allow for more informed recommendations to guide USSTRATCOM’s cybersecurity.

“I have developed my professional skills, namely my comfort level information slides for leaders, and the hands-on experience provided through this internship complements my training in a way that a traditional classroom experience couldn’t,” said cybersecurity expert Jordan Schnell. major in operations at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“In addition to solidifying my career choice in cybersecurity, this internship sparked my interest in the field of national security. In the future, I hope to engage in work that will benefit not only the cyber field, but also the nation’s overall security.

As the NSRI Internship Program continues to evolve and grow, the institute has remained focused on the goal of the effort – to introduce young, high-caliber enthusiasts to the career opportunities that exist in nation defense. against strategic attacks, said Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.) Rick Evans, NSRI Executive Director.

“There are few times I am as proud as when I sit in this briefing room watching and listening to these students and cadets sharing not only their technical efforts, but their pride in what they have accomplished and what that means,” Evans said. “It gives me great confidence to know that our next generation of professionals are interested and ready to take on the national security challenges that our nation will surely face in the years and decades to come.

“We appreciate the attention USSTRATCOM pays to the efforts of these students, as well as the investment of time and expertise that university and NSRI researchers have provided to ensure that the students have a great experience. »

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