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Promising Research and Analysis Topics and Projects Emerge from the April 2022 OODA Network Member Meeting

To help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk, OODA hosts a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and better understand member needs.

To encourage openness of discussion, these sessions take place with Chatham House rules, where participants are free to use the information in the meeting but are asked not to directly quote or identify other participants (we also keep privacy in mind when preparing summaries of these sessions, like the one that follows).

The April call was held on Friday, April 15th.  This month’s call was marked by a more than the usual number of follow-up commitments on what were clearly promising ideas and projects with great potential for OODA Loop research and analysis (and are also a bit more time-sensitive than usual due to the crisis conditions in Ukraine).

In a break from the usual “summary” format of this read-out of the monthly OODA network meeting, this post will predominantly highlight the topics and projects with the potential for follow-up research.  For all of these ideas and follow-up projects, we are looking to get from ideation to a draft OODA Loop research and analysis post (in the publication queue) as soon as we can.

If you are “attached” to any of the ideas (primary source material, initial ideation on the call, etc.)  and have draft documents or action items you have taken since the meeting, please follow up with the OODA team.

Topics of discussion on the April monthly call were:

  • OODA – Ukrainian Assistance Efforts
  • Social Media and Warfare
    • OSINT Social Media Distribution
    • On the Ground – Physical Layer Jamming
    • Visual AI and Social Media
    • The (Loose) Parallels Between Ukraine and Taiwan
  • Cyber Failures of the Ukraine Crisis:  Postmortem Analysis by OODA Loop
  • The Degradation of Russian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Resources and Capabilities
  • Why did Russia Invade?
  • China
    • Monitoring of Low and Slow Cyber Attacks
  • Cybersecurity:  Zero Trust for Architecture Design
    • The Declining Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Products
    • The Emergence of Quantum Computing in China
    • Everybody is Going After the Data
  • Machine Learning and Cost/Performance Innovation
  • Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain
    • The Libertarian Ethos of the Crypto Community vs. Future Government Involvement and Regulation
    • The Balance between Security, Anonymity, and Accountability
    • Overregulation?
    • The Need for Speed
    • The Promise of Blockchain Technology Needs to be Decoupled from Cryptocurrency
    • OODA Loop Cryptocurrency Incident Database
    • A Core Issue – Know Your Customer (KYC) on recipient wallets
  • Recent DHS/CISA Joint CSAs and Targeting of Domestic U.S. Critical Industrial Infrastructure
    • Zero-Day Exploits and Vulnerabilities
    • Industroyer2 has been very well attributed by industry
    • “Cyber had no effect,” Cyber has negligible effect”:  That is simply not true
    • Defend Forward Activities
    • It is Not a Coincidence
    • The TLP AMBER Leak
    • What’s Next?  This is not the last set of these tools that we are going to see
    • A Tremendous Amount of Free Fire Activity from a Variety of Uncontrolled, Unilateral, Private Actors

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