Monday, May 20, 2019, 11:30 AM

Will Carter of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) to Discuss Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Given the current public and Congressional focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity (or lack thereof), COFFE’s May topic is most timely.  Machine learning in which statistical methods allow a system to “learn” from data and make decisions without being explicitly programmed is just one example of the advances in technology that are being made.  This and similar advances create significant ethical considerations.  Who, for example, should be blamed for the death of cyclist Elaine Herzberg, killed by a self-driving car?   And, what progress, if any, has been made since President Trump signed an executive order (EO) in February outlining the American AI Initiative, a five-part national strategy to maintain U.S. leadership in artificial intelligence? 

Our speaker, William A. Carter, is deputy director of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS. His research focuses on international cyber and technology policy issues, including artificial intelligence, surveillance and privacy, cyber conflict and deterrence, financial sector cybersecurity, and law enforcement and technology, including encryption, 5G, and technologies of the future. He has spoken at events and conferences around the world on cyber and technology policy issues.

Luncheons are held at the Holiday Inn, Westpark, in Rosslyn, VA. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a social period followed by lunch, the presentation, and a question and answer session and ends by 1:30 PM.  The cost of the luncheon is $25 for COFFE members and $30 for non-members.


To RSVP for the luncheon please click  the link below.  In the body of the email write your name and if bringing guests, please list each person’s name on a separate line.  A confirmation email will be sent when your request is processed.  REGISTER HERE

COFFE was established in November 1988 and we are celebrating 30 years of “Promoting Quality Public Service” during this luncheon season (September 2018 – May 2019).  We urge non-members who attend luncheons to help support COFFE by joining.   The annual dues are $30 – tax deductible.  The recent increase in the luncheon price is intended as an incentive to increase our membership to make COFFE a more forceful voice in the growing movement to protect civil servants.

We wish to thank our partner organizations, the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA), the Senior Executive Association (SEA), National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (NCAC) for helping to spread the word about COFFE”s luncheons.


USA/China/Asia Trade and Technology Policies 

COFFE’s April’s speaker, Robert Dohner used his extensive knowledge and  experience in US/China trade policies to share with the luncheon audience some of the key factors that lead to tensions in our trade relations. He also identified the use of mobile phone technology and artificial intelligence as key areas of competition between the two countries. A lively Q&A session followed the presentation.

A full review of Mr. Dohner’s presentation is included in the COFFE News which is distributed to COFFE members. Join COFFE and stay informed even on those occasions when you cannot attend the monthly luncheon.


In collaboration with the Arlington Public School System and to promote interest in public service, COFFE has initiated a program where one teacher each month is able to attend our luncheon, as our guest. Both teachers and students benefit from this collaboration.


Michael Lawliss, a MPA candidate in the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration was selected, from 31 applicants, to receive the 2018 Council of Former Federal Executives Public Service Scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Michael is a 2014 graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.  He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration.  After graduating from the University of Vermont, Michael began working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders as a Legislative Intern before becoming a Staff Assistant and then Legislative Correspondent.  Michael’s ultimate goal is to work at the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer so that he can have a role in shaping our foreign policy goals.

In his scholarship application, Michael wrote:  “As someone who has been interested in politics my entire life, I believe public service is the best way I can make a real difference in the lives of the American people.”

With young people like Michael pursuing careers in government, there is a reason for optimism about the future of public service!


Founded in 1988, COFFE’s objectives are to support public service and to enable current and former federal and local government executives and all other members of the public who are interested, to keep abreast of major government policy and operations issues.  COFFE is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  COFFE and Associates welcome all who are interested in promoting public service and learning about major policy issues to attend our luncheons and to become a member.  Read More