2022 Keynotes


Vanderbilt Summit: Welcome from Tennessee Senators

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty welcome attendees to Vanderbilt University's inaugural Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats on May 4, 2022.

Day One Opening: Daniel Diermeier, Vanderbilt University Chancellor

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier sets the stage for the Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats, examining the effects of the increasingly unstable nature of the threats facing our world in the 21st century. New forms of battle have emerged to threaten security and stability around the world. These are the non-kinetic, asymmetric dangers posed in domains like cybersecurity, misinformation, and supply chain dependencies, which were discussed in Day One of the Summit.

Summit Keynote: Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, U.S. Army, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

"No one in the world makes code, or breaks code, like the National Security Agency. We are the best of it, and we will remain the best." On the 4th anniversary of his appointment to Cyber Command, General Paul Nakasone discusses the nature of future threats to our nation and our world, particularly in the digital realm. Nakasone also discusses recent hunt forward deployments in Ukraine and Lithuania to help them shore up cyber defenses and networks against active threats.

Summit Keynote: Preparing for the Inevitable Surprise
C. Cybele Raver, Vanderbilt Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Vanderbilt University Provost C. Cybele Raver talks about the powerful role of top research universities to address emerging threats and in collaboration with public-private partners, swiftly move from evidence to action. Raver connects the shifting global security landscape with the collaborative research and innovation taking place at Vanderbilt.

Summit Address: Perspectives from Anne Neuberger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber and Emerging Tech and Deputy Asst. to the President

With an introduction from Vanderbilt special adviser Brett Goldstein, White House deputy national security advisor Anne Neuberger addresses the Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats on the importance of alliances and connection with public agencies, private industry and academic researchers to test and share findings to identify and solve new challenges.

Summit Keynote: Perspectives from the Cyber Front Line
Maj. Gen. William J. Hartman, Commander, Cyber National Mission Force

Hartman closed day one of the summit, continuing the drumbeat of leaders discussing the value of partnerships and talent to acclerating solutions and impacting adversaries in the cyber space. Hartman also spoke on the importance of forging strong foreign partnerships as a way to deter ongoing cyber threats.


Day Two Opening: Daniel Diermeier, Vanderbilt University Chancellor

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier opens the second day of the Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats, summarizing insights from Day One and emphasizing Vanderbilt’s duty as a center of discovery and invention and a catalyst of innovation and advancement.

Summit Fireside Chat with President Kersti Kaljulaid, Former President of Estonia

Kersti Kaljulaid talks with Brett Benson, Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies to offer an assessment of where the world stands in relation to cyber defense today and address some of the pressing issues in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the importance of alliances and what lurks on the horizon.

Summit Keynote: Epidemic Acceleration: Why It's Happening and What We Can Do About It Dr. James Crowe, Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

A globally renowned virologist, Dr. James Crowe leads a group of top scientists from around the world to develop a pathbreaking universal vaccine that can prevent diseases ranging from seasonal flu to Ebola.
Crowe partnered with Astra Zeneca to make monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19, developed in his lab, available to patients with compromised immune systems or adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines. In his keynote address, Crowe provides an overview of some of the pathbreaking antibody technologies from his lab that could be used to combat emerging infections as well as biological weapons. Learn more at vu.edu/summit.

Summit Closing Address: Fragility vs. Innovation: A Constant Tension

Brett Goldstein, special adviser to Vanderbilt’s Chancellor

A disruptive innovator known for breaking bureaucratic silos across industries from the Department of Defense to Silicon Valley, Brett Goldstein closes the summit with considerations for the complexities of cyber defense and stressing the necessity of applied academic work in collaboration with government partners to fight against emerging threats and defeat our adversaries in modern conflict.