Dr. Melissa K. Griffith is the Director of Emerging Technology and National Security and a Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC); and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies (CSS). She works at the intersection between technology and national security with a specialization in cybersecurity, semiconductors, and 5G networks with a focus on national risk and resilience models. She also leads the Wilson Center's Technology Labs. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Griffith was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC); an Affiliated Researcher for the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC); a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University's Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP); a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Institute on the Finnish Economy (ETLA) in Helsinki, Finland; and a Visiting Researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels, Belgium. Griffith holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College.
For additional information (including a comprehensive list of publications, prior positions and affiliations, presentations and public appearances, and teaching experience) please visit www.melissakgriffith.com.
- “A comprehensive security approach: bolstering Finnish cybersecurity capacity” Journal of Cyber Policy, Vol 3, Issue 3 (2019): 407-429. Earlier version published as a BASC Working Paper. https://doi.org/10.1080/23738871.2018.1561919
- “International Security and the Strategic Dynamics of Cyberspace” with Adam Segal analyzing the state of International Relations and International Security research on cyber conflict for Columbia University SIPA and the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) (Fall 2018).
- “Task Force Report on Strengthening the EU’s Cyber Defence Capabilities” for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (November 26, 2018). Main author.
Seizing Opportunities: Four National Security Questions to Ask About the Use of Satellites in 5G Networks
In order to deliver on the full promise of 5G networks, satellites will need to play a far more central role within telecommunications networks going forward with both terrestrial and space-based components working in tandem for a wider diversity of functions. What steps should we prioritize today to ensure greater security and resilience of 5G networks now and in the future?
The U.S. Needs a Sustained, Comprehensive, and Cohesive Semiconductor National Security Effort
What are the national security concerns associated with the semiconductor industry and what steps can the U.S. take today to best equip us for the future? Today, the U.S. and our allies maintain significant points of leverage over many of the segments of the semiconductor supply chain, but the pressing policy question is whether—and if so, how—we will continue to do so in the future.