Dr. Cathryn Downes joined the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace in 2003. She leads the College's National Security Strategy and Cyber Power, and the Multi-Agency Collaboration Courses. She is also a team member of the Defense Security Assistance Agency adviser training program for senior DoD civilian advisers to Afghanistan and other countries. Her Network Centric Warfare and Operations course was recognized in 2010 by the Institute for Government and Defense Advancemen t, and in 2013, she was selected as a Top 40 Educational Innovator by the U.S. Center for Digital Education. Her research interests are focused on national security futures and cyber power strategies, strategic thinking and strategy formulation, the Russian Influence and Disinformation Campaign, developing an inter-agency collaborative maturity framework, unintentional militarism and e-learning edge practices. Her latest publication is: 'Strategic Blind-Spots on Cyber Threats, Vectors and Campaigns' in the Winter 2017-18 edition of the Cyber Defense Review. Dr. Downes served 13 years with the New Zealand Defence Force holding SES leadership positions in focused on enterprise transformation for strategic management systems and processes. She also served as a national security policy writer and adviser to the NZ Secretary of Defense and as the Senior Defense Adviser to the NZ Government's 2003 Review of Defence Accountabilities and Structural Arrangements. Dr. Downes earned her Doctorate (International Relations) and Master of Strategic Studies and International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Lancaster, UK. She also holds a U.S. Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Certificate, and is a graduate of the Australian Department of Defence Industrial Mobilization Course. Her academic appointments include a John M. Olin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, a University Research Fellowship, University of Melbourne and an Australian Department of Defense Research Fellowship, Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Dr. Downes is a Fellow, and has served three terms as a Council member of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. She is also a Fellow of the 21st Century Trust (UK). In 1995, she represented New Zealand on the Canadian Government's International Consultative group on reforming the UN's rapid reaction capability. In 1997, she presented her research on military ethos to U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Reimer, his senior staff and other US Army and US Marine Corps audiences. In recent years, Dr Downes has contributed to US Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Civil Military Relations teaching teams to Croatia, Estonia and Hungary and to NDU CIC teaching teams to Romania, Bulgaria, and Singapore.

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