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Scott Handler

Scott Handler is is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Handler is an academy professor and the director of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy, as well as senior advisor to the commander of U.S. Cyber National Mission Force. As a White House Fellow, he served as special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, where Handler was a founding member of the Secretary’s Global Economics Team.  He has served in a variety of command and staff positions as an Army officer, including as second-in-command of a military intelligence (cyber) battalion, a start-up unit he helped grow from 20 to over 450 persons tasked with the mission of conducting full-spectrum cyberspace operations. He commanded a military intelligence company and led an infantry scout platoon inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom, Korea. Handler also served as special assistant to two commanding generals of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, as well as special assistant to the senior leadership team that created U.S. Cyber Command.  He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, a M.U.R.P. from the University of Hawaii as an East-West Fellow, and a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy.  Handler is currently a board member of the French-American Foundation and was a Council on Foreign Relations term member.