nationalsecuritylaw DOD/DHS memorandum of understanding re cybersecurity

October 13, 2010

* DOD/DHS memorandum of understanding re cybersecurity

A very interesting document for those of you following the cybersecurity debate, particularly as it relates to the problem of reconciling the desire to take advantage of DOD’s personnel, assets, and expertise with the fear of involving the military too much in domestic affairs.
Joint Statement by Secretary Gates and Secretary Napolitano on Enhancing Coordination to Secure America’s Cyber Networks

"Reflecting President Obama’s strong commitment to building an administration-wide approach to combating threats to our cyber networks and infrastructure, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have signed a memorandum of agreement that will align and enhance America’s capabilities to protect against threats to our critical civilian and military computer systems and networks.

"Effective cybersecurity means protecting critical networks against a wide range of state and non-state actors that do not adhere to physical borders.

"With this memorandum of agreement, effective immediately, we are building a new framework between our departments to enhance operational coordination and joint program planning. It formalizes processes in which we work together to protect our nation’s cyber networks and critical infrastructure, and increases the clarity and focus of our respective roles and responsibilities. The agreement embeds DoD cyber analysts within DHS to better support the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and sends a full-time senior DHS leader to DoD’s National Security Agency, along with a support team comprised of DHS privacy, civil liberties and legal personnel. The agreement will ensure both agencies’ priorities and requests for support are clearly communicated and met.

"This structure is designed to put the full weight of our combined capabilities and expertise behind every action taken to protect our vital cyber networks, without altering the authorities or oversight of our separate but complementary missions. We will improve economy and efficiency by better leveraging vital technologies and personnel to serve both departments’ missions in full adherence to U.S. laws and regulation. This memorandum of agreement furthers our strong commitment to protecting civil liberties and privacy.

"We look forward to building on this vitally important step toward greater collaboration as we continue to work together on new and better ways to protect our economy and critical networks against evolving threats by those who seek to harm the United States."


upcoming event: 20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law – November 4-5, 2010 -Senator Lindsey Graham and Dr. John Hamre to keynote – REGISTER NOW

October 13, 2010

* Upcoming Event: ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security Annual Review of the Field

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Register by October 21 to receive the early registration rate

HOTEL DEADLINE – Register by October 15 to receive the ABA conference rate

Up to 14.25 CLE credit hours including 1.25 Ethics CLE

REGISTER – See attached documents or register online below

Center for National Security Law
University of Virginia
School of Law

Center on Law, Ethics and National Security
Duke University School of Law

Letter of Invitation | Conference Program | Register | Hotel | Committee Home

20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law

Keynote dinner address on Thursday November 4 — Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

Keynote luncheon address — Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Continuing Legal Education

20th Advance Registration Form (3).doc
Letter of invitation.doc
20th Annual Review of the Field.doc