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On Tuesday, May 7th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our eighth and last discussion for 2019 will be “Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics.” Facilitator Gail Harris will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

Growing up, Gail spent the school year in Newark. NJ, and summers in Andalusia, Alabama. At the age of 5, she watched a WWII themed movie, “Wing and a Prayer”, starring Don Ameche. Mesmerized by a scene of the actor briefing Navy pilots before the climactic Battle of Midway, she decided that was what she would do when she grew up. Unaware of the existence of a federal law which prohibited women from going into combat, one that would not be changed until 1994, she forged ahead with her dream. In 1973, Captain Gail Harris, United States Navy (Retired), broke a 200-year-old tradition, becoming the first woman in Naval History to serve as an Intelligence Officer in a Navy combat job 20 years before federal laws changed making it a more common occurrence.

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We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

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Follow this link to a complete 2019 discussion schedule. More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.
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