Video: Chinese Information Warfare seminar

The Potomac Institute Cyber Center hosted a special program on Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare and Impacts on the Western World on Friday, May 11, 2012. The special guest speaker was William T. Hagestad II, author of the new book 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare (IT Governance, 2012).

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Opening Remarks:

Michael S. Swetnam, Chairman and CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies


William T. Hagestad II, Author, 21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare

Commentary by:

Dr. James Mulvenon, Vice President, Intelligence Division and Director, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, Defense Group, Inc.

Amb. David J. Smith (Ret.), Potomac Institute Senior Fellow and Director, Potomac Institute Cyber Center


William's first book, "21st Century Chinese Cyber Warfare"  was published on 1 March 2012!

This single volume of information about the People's Republic of China and her cyber warfare doctrinal development and history can be ordered either directly on this website - (HERE) or via

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) William Hagestad is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on the Chinese People's Liberation Army & Government Information Warfare. He advises international intelligence organizations, military flag officers, and multi-national commercial enterprises with regard to their internal IT security governance and external security policies. The linguistic, historical, cultural, economic and military aspects of the Chinese Cyber Warfare are his forte. When national cyber security or protection of intellectual property is in question from Chinese Cyber Threats, Hagestad is consulted.

Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1981, LtCol Hagestad's military experience and service spans over 27 years. He served in numerous command posts, including acting as the Anti-Terrorism Office for Marine Central Command during the initial build-up and subsequent operations in Iraq during 2002-2003, and serving with both I and II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and the US Army's 1st Armored Division in Ramadi, Al-Anbar Province Iraq during 2006-2007. His personal decorations in the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy include the Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal with single campaign star, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal He continued to serve in an advisory position as an Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer until retiring in 2011. 
LtCol Hagestad provides current cyber threat assessments to international defense, intelligence and law enforcement entities. He speaks both domestically and internationally on the Chinese Cyber Threat. His first book, “21stCentury Chinese Cyber Warfare” was published March 2012. 

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