RESEARCH

Primary fields of research are focused on the convergence of game theory, foreign investment national security reviews, and global business strategy.

At What Cost? The Telecommunications Horizon: Security, Reliability, & Accountability

Author: John Lash, PhD

Released: May 2022

The availability, reliability, and security of telecommunication services remains at the forefront of legacy networks and the expansion of 5G technology. These infrastructures build, control, and operate the critical networks used to communicate and store large amounts of sensitive data while also providing the backbone for information exchange around the world. The integrity and confidentiality of these network services, and the communications supply chain, present critical security challenges for telecommunication equipment suppliers and for wireless carriers.

 

Protecting these networks from attacks, addressing vulnerabilities and threats, and developing strategies for technical accountability measures is paramount to secure and trusted communications networks. The development of standards throughout the lifecycle of technology deployments, from research and development to manufacturing through standardization and market readiness, represents a shared responsibility between the private sector, standards development organizations, and governments.

This whitepaper provides both analysis and recommendations to address the converging national security and industrial policy frameworks for telecommunications infrastructure. The analysis provides an evaluation of the viability and consequences of restrictions on network equipment, and then explores whether opportunities exist for technical risk mitigation. Further, the research recommends establishing a framework that provides for objective conformance standards that can be independently evaluated to provide trust for the equipment deployed in telecommunication networks regardless of supplier or country of origin.

Research Disclaimer: This publication was supported by Huawei Technologies USA but represents the authors independent analysis and opinions. This content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the official views of Huawei Technologies USA or any other third party.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Research: John Lash

Dissertation Title: The Feasibility of Game Theory Approaches - An Investigative Study of Threats to US National Security from Foreign Investment

The brief provided summarizes key information and recommendations drawn from the research. The research identifies and outlines critical observations and implications for policymakers to establish stable national security and growth oriented economic policies.

The full dissertation is published and available on ProQuest. 

As the United States contends with unbridled innovation, technological advancement, economic progress, and an increasingly competitive ecosystem, the country must evaluate the most appropriate path forward. This research suggests that the development of a modern game theory investment security model be utilized to address the complex convergence of economic modernization and the national security impact of foreign direct investment.

We must look dispassionately at the impact on domestic industry that global competition creates by recognizing that placing limitations on the ability of US companies to compete on a global scale directly impacts national security, technology, and economic policy.

Dissertation Abstract: 

The goals of this dissertation are twofold. The first goal is to investigate and explain how the key variable of national security impacts foreign direct investment in the United States. The second is to fill an important gap in the literature on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by offering a detailed conceptualization of how national security and trade policy converge, including the development of a modern pure-conflict game theory model. United States national security reviews have a material impact on foreign direct investment, with second and third order consequences not fully vetted by extant research. This thesis provides a critical interpretive synthesis of the related literature and uses empirical methods, including a Policy Delphi and qualitative investigative case study approaches. As the world economy continues to shrink due to globalization, the United States must consider the development of a modern game theory investment security model to address the complex convergence of economic modernization and the national security impact of foreign direct investment. This research identifies and outlines critical observations and implications for policymakers to establish stable national security and growth oriented economic policies.

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The full dissertation is published on ProQuest. Please click the American flag for access. To request a copy: jlash@darkhorseglobal.com