Sean Lawson NATO CCDCO cyber conflict 2016 presentation pic

Presentation at NATO CyCon 2016, Tallinn, Estonia

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah and author of the book, Nonlinear Science and Warfare: Chaos, Complexity, and the U.S. Military in the Information Age and co-author (with Marouf Hasian and Megan McFarlane) of The Rhetorical Invention of America’s National Security State.

My research focuses on the relationships among science, technology, and the development of military theory and discourse, in particular the intersections of national security and military thought with new media, information, and communication technologies (ICTs).

Specific research topics include the use of nonlinear science-based metaphors in the construction of theories and doctrines of information-age warfare such as network-centric warfare; military use of social media; and discourses of “cybersecurity” and “cyberwar.”

I am a member of the Program Committee and a peer reviewer for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) International Conference on Cyber Conflict. I am also an editor for Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology.

In addition to my academic work on these subjects, I am a contributor to and I am also a Senior Analyst at consulting firm, WikiStrat.

At the University of Utah, I teach courses on new media, ICTs, and society, including “Communication Technology and Culture,” “Information Technology and Global Conflict,” “Introduction to Web Design,” “International Communication,” “Drones and Society,” “Innovation with Drones,” “Privacy and Surveillance,” and graduate seminars in technology studies and science communication.  I have also taught “Science and Technology in Western Culture” for the State University of New York’s Empire State College.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Before beginning my Ph.D. work at RPI, I worked as an Associate National Security Analyst with DynCorp Systems & Solutions, LLC (now Computer Sciences Corporation) in Alexandria, VA. I have an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in History from California State University, Stanislaus. As an undergraduate, I interned in the Chemical and Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.