Donald Davidson, Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2011.

In 2011 I had the privilege of attending the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference as the delegate for Wake Forest University. Both military and civilian representatives from across the globe discussed the topic “People, Power, and Politics in the Internet Age.” Each delegate was assigned to a particular roundtable with about ten other delegates. I was a part of the “Homeland Cyber Security and Civil-Military Relations” roundtable, and I wrote a paper exploring the United States’ cyber security structure. For the next three days, our roundtable met and discussed subjects such as the cyber-threats the United States faces and the potential solutions which could be implemented. Among the many notable speakers were Ethan Zuckerman from Harvard, Sheryl Sandburg – the COO of Facebook, and Admiral Dennis Blair. The speakers were provided valuable insight into subjects including leadership and the impact of technology on foreign affairs today. The Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had during my years as a student at Wake Forest University, and I will always remember the people I met and the time that I spent in Annapolis.