The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) sponsor the fourth annual Unrestricted Warfare Symposium (URW) at APL’s Kossiakoff Center. This year, the theme is "Imperatives for Interagency Action" and will identify integrated strategy, analysis, and technology options that enhance interagency capabilities to respond to four potential unrestricted lines of attack—cyber, resource, economic/financial, and terrorist threats. The themed keynote address, featured speakers with unique expertise, and roundtable panelists addressing integrated strategies are designed to further develop understanding and solutions.

APL Kossiakoff Center, Site for URW 2009

Perspectives from senior government leaders in response to attendees’ questions are combined to provide a uniquely synergistic approach to the challenge and an enduring body of knowledge. The symposium also features interactive audience participation using electronic groupware.

We will assess what leading strategists, analysts, and technologists should consider viable future force capabilities when combating unrestrictive warfare threats. Active attendee participation and networking will form a new, integrated community dedicated to countering our increasingly sophisticated adversaries.


Mr. James Locher, III, Executive Director of the Project for National Security Reform, will provide his unique perspective on imperatives for interagency actions and national security challenges. Other confirmed speakers include Dr. Stephen Flynn, from the Council on Foreign Relations, who will apply the principle of resiliency across the federal and private industry sectors; Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, who will update us on terrorism trends and future directions; Mr. James Rickards, Omnis, Inc., will address the potential of financial and economic attacks in the context of a global economy; Prof Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars; Mr. Eric Coulter, of OSD(PA&E) who will offer insights as to how unrestricted warfare creates imperatives for analytic approaches that integrate diverse interagency capabilities; and Mr. Dan Wolf, Cyber Pack Ventures Inc., who will discuss actual and potential threats to information systems, networks, and the computers that have become integral to our lives. To provide a critical intelligence perspective, we have invited Ms. Karen Monaghan, National Intelligence Council.


The symposium includes five roundtables composed of a moderator and expert panelists. Each roundtable will address integrated options that enhance interagency capabilities to respond to one of the four potential unrestricted lines of attack. The moderator will provide a brief overview of the topic and introduce the panelists. Each panelist will then have 10 to 15 minutes to present his or her views, after which the group will take questions from the audience.


The Symposium’s culminating event is a panel of senior-level government and military leaders—such as DoD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning, Deputy Director, Strategic Assessments and Irregular Warfare, as well as senior representatives from the National Intelligence Council, the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security the State Department, Treasury Department, and the National Counterterrorism Center. These distinguished panelists will offer their perspectives on integrating strategy, analysis, and technology to support interagency actions in response to national security threats. Panelists will then take questions from the audience.


There are no rules; nothing is forbidden. We encounter a national security threat different from the conventional warfare for which we have become preeminent in the world. Adversaries employing unrestricted warfare use many modalities to create integrated attacks exploiting diverse areas of vulnerability in support of their grand strategy. Unrestricted warfare battlefields reach beyond the physical domain to include culture, information networks, economics and finance, natural resources and energy. This 2009 URW Symposium will focus on Imperatives for Interagency Actions to characterize potential lines of attack representing threats that pose significant impact to national security, and demand an integrated interagency response.

"This is another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origins—war by guerrillas, subversives, insurgents, assassins; war by ambush instead of by combat; by infiltration, instead of aggression, seeking victory by eroding and exhausting the enemy instead of engaging him…. It requires in those situations where we must counter it… a whole new kind of strategy, a wholly different kind of force, and therefore a new and wholly different kind of military training."
John F. Kennedy
USMA Graduation Speech, 1962