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Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare And Impacts on the Western World

I had the opportunity to attend the event at the Potomac Institute Cyber Center: “Fundamentals of Chinese Information Warfare and Impacts on the Western World” With William T. Hagestad II, Author of “21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare”. We had a full room with the event being moderated by Amb. David J. Smith (Ret.), Potomac Institute Senior Fellow and Director, Potomac Institute Cyber Center, and special guests Dr. James Mulvenon, Vice President, Intelligence Division and Director, Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, Defense Group, Inc. and Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute.

Watch the video here:

I highly recommend William T. Hagestad II as a speaker on the subject of Chinese Cyber Warfare. William T. Hagestad II will be also developing CSFI training material, and I am honored to welcome him as a new member of our team of CSFI authors!

Paul de Souza and William T. Hagestad II

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.

LtCol Hagestad holds a Master of Science in Security Technologies from the College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in the Management Of Technology from the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mandarin Chinese, with minor emphasis in Classical Chinese and Modern Japanese, also from the University of Minnesota.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director



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Career Thoughts

I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to manage and run one of the biggest and most active forums on the Internet dealing with cyber warfare and cyber security – CSFI (The Cyber Security Forum Initiative). With over 16 years of cyber security experience, I continue to actively raise Cyber Warfare/Cyber Security awareness worldwide. I have worked as a Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where I designed and approved secure networks for MSS. I have also consulted for several governments, military and private institutions on best network security practices throughout my career.

CSFI and its divisions CSFI-CWD (Cyber Warfare Division), CSFI-LPD (Law and Policy Division) and CSFI-WD (Wireless Division) continue to grow and expand with more than 60,000 information security members.

One of my personal goals is to serve our security community to the best of my abilities, in the protection and defense of our American national security interests, the American people, and that of our international partners. I am always ready to serve and to give of my time and skills to help our society with the growing problems we experience in cyberspace. I thank God and my family for the opportunities I have had in life and the most precious of all opportunities, which is the chance to serve others. I love what I do, and I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family and our CSFI members.


Paul de Souza, CSFI Founder Director

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