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WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2021)—The R Street Institute is excited to announce the launch of a new project: The Secure and Competitive Markets Initiative (SCMI). Led by R Street’s Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team, the effort is composed of experts from the fields of cybersecurity, national security, economics and supply chain.

The aim of the SCMI is to recommend a cohesive national strategy for securing the information communications technology (ICT) supply chain. The strategy will balance the considerations of both the American free market economy and national security, and take into full account the challenges and necessity of working with allies and private industry in the immediate future and in the long term.

This work will build off the recommendations recently developed by the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and will provide thought-leadership and research for the ongoing efforts within the White House and other government agencies charged with determining the direction of future U.S.-China competition in the ICT space.

“Our goal is to bring leading experts and their recommendations together and develop one cohesive strategy. While one of our institutions could tackle some of the challenges, no singular institution could take on this huge problem alone. We are stronger together,” said Tatyana Bolton, R Street director of cybersecurity and emerging threats.

The SCMI is committed to the following key principles to guide its strategy:

  1. Security and Resilience as a Mindset
  2. Competitive and Free Markets
  3. International Partnerships and Engagement
  4. Transparency, Accountability and Privacy
  5. Access and Equity
  6. Public/Private Partnerships

The SCMI working groups will focus in particular on the United States’ critical dependencies, the state of high-tech manufacturing, and the need to make international partnerships integral—rather than ancillary—to the final strategy. This effort to secure America’s ICT supply chain will be nested in an overarching strategy for great power competition with China.

Coalition members include:

  • Harvard Belfer Center Cyber Project
  • Aspen Cybersecurity Forum
  • Annie Fixler, Deputy Director for the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Cory Simpson, Adjunct Professor at Clemson University and former Senior Director for the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
  • David Forscey, Managing Director for the Aspen Cybersecurity Group
  • Erica Borghard, Resident Senior Fellow for the New American Engagement Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council
  • Gary Corn, Program Director for the Tech, Law, and Security Program at American University’s Washington College of Law and Senior Fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at R Street Institute
  • James Mulvenon, Chairman of the Board for the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and former Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation
  • Jeffrey Westling, Resident Fellow for Technology and Innovation at the R Street Institute
  • Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution
  • Kathryn Waldron, Resident Fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at the R Street Institute
  • Lauren Zabierek, Executive Director for the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center
  • Mark Montgomery, Senior Fellow and Senior Director for the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Mary Brooks, Senior Research Associate for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at the R Street Institute
  • Nina Kollars, Associate Professor at the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute of the U.S. Naval War College and Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Center for New American Security
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Resident Senior Fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at R Street Institute
  • Tatyana Bolton, Policy Director for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at the R Street Institute
  • Trey Herr, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council
  • Weifeng Zhong, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

*Several institutions pending final confirmation; list of institutional and individual members to be listed in full in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on SCMI’s work and members of the coalition, please visit our website: https://www.secureandcompetitivemarkets.com/