Chris C. Demchak, PhD

Chris C. Demchak, PhD

Professor | RADM Grace M. Hopper Chair of Cybersecurity
Strategic Research
Strategic & Operational Research
(401) 841-6882
(401) 841-3579


With engineering, economics, and comparative complex organization theory/political science degrees, Dr. Chris C. Demchak is the RADM Grace M. Hopper Professor of Cyber Security and Co-Director, Center for Cyber Conflict Studies (C3S), Strategic and Operational Research Department, U.S. Naval War College. Her research and many publications address global cyberspace’s influences from a rising ‘Cyber Westphalia’ to the security of complex socio-technical-economic systems (STESs) as globally shared, insecure substrates penetrating throughout the critical organizations of digitized democratic civil societies. Demchak takes a systemic approach in focusing on emergent structural changes, comparative operational institutional learning, adversary/defensive use of systemic cybered tools, the use of virtual worlds for operationalized organizational learning, and designing systemic resilience against normal or adversary imposed complex systems surprise. She has taught international security studies, comparative organization theory, international management, enterprise information systems, and currently systemic cyber and international/ national security structures. Recent works include Designing Resilience (2010, co-edited);  Wars of Disruption and Resilience (2011, cybered conflict); and a manuscript in production tentatively entitled Cyber Westphalia: Organizing for Resilience and Cyber Security.

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