Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

A Future Tense Event
New America

How vulnerable are we as a nation to a cyber attack? Does the United States in turn possess the cyber power to bring foreign adversaries to its knees, obviating the need for traditional warfare? And what is a cyber attack anyway?

Many of us throw around the term "cyber war" without really understanding what it entails, and what our government has or hasn't been doing in the shadows to develop both our offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.

But a better understanding is upon us. Future Tense is bringing together two of the nation's foremost national security reporters and thinkers, Pulitzer Prize winners Steve Coll and Fred Kaplan, to discuss the future of warfare and Kaplan's latest book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, an authoritative history of the nation's cyber war efforts and assessment of our current capabilities and future scenarios.

Join us for a conversation on the potential of cyber attacks to wipe out our financial system, power grid, and other infrastructure and what it means for the fate of our national security apparatus.


Julia Turner
Editor-in-Chief, Slate


Fred Kaplan
War Stories columnist, Slate
Former Fellow, New America
Author, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Steve Coll
Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Staff writer, The New Yorker
Former President, New America
Author, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 11, 2011

Copies of Fred Kaplan's Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War will be available for purchase. 

Join in the conversation by using #DarkTerritory and by following @NewAmericaNYC and @FutureTenseNow.

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