August 22, 2018 | Press Release

FDD Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich Appointed to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

FDD Press

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich, Ph.D. to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and designated her to serve as vice chair. 

“Dr. Ravich’s wealth of expertise on issues critical to our national security will enable her to provide objective analysis on the capabilities and needs of our intelligence community,” FDD President Clifford D. May said. “We commend the President on his discerning choice to appoint Dr. Ravich as the vice chair of this important advisory board.” 

Dr. Ravich serves as principal investigator on FDD’s Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project and is the Chairman of the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). 

Dr. Ravich was deputy national security advisor for Vice President Dick Cheney, focusing on Asian and Middle East Affairs as well as on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation. Following her time at the White House, Dr. Ravich was the Republican co-chair of the Congressionally mandated National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. 

“Dr. Ravich’s work with FDD has drawn important attention to the ways that U.S. adversaries are exploiting technology to attack our national security and undermine the economic strength at the core of U.S. national power,” FDD Chief Executive Mark Dubowitz said. “Her appointment to the PIAB is a recognition that intelligence collection and analysis is central to understanding the adversary’s strategic intentions and capabilities in today’s cyberspace battlefield and to America’s ability to prevail in the conflicts and competitions of the future.” 

Created in 1956 by President Eisenhower, the PIAB serves as an independent source of advice on the Intelligence Community’s effectiveness in meeting the nation’s intelligence needs, presently and in the future, with a special focus on science and technical intelligence. 

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