Our smaller, faster-paced world is changing the security landscape, and these changes will bring with them new challenges and evolutions in current threats. To respond to these changes, we must adapt instruments of statecraft to bring to bear the networks, technologies and human potential of our increasingly inter-dependent and interconnected world.
Last summer, the U.S. Department of State challenged the American public, "garage tinkerers and technologists...gadget entrepreneurs and students," to come up with innovative ideas to support U.S. arms control and nonproliferation efforts.
Arms control diplomacy, usually considered the arcane specialty of nerdy and secretive scientists, began at the height of the Cold War, but it's now happening in the open and it's changing fast. With the explosion in information technologies, the State Department believes there are plenty of ideas out there to make arms control more transparent.
On Monday, March 4, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. EST, Acting Under Secretary Gottemoeller will announce the winners of the Department of State's Innovation in Arms Control Challenge during a Google+ Hangout and reveal their creative new ideas to the world. C-NET's senior writer Daniel Terdiman will moderate the discussion. They will discuss how innovative technology can be used in helping to protect the globe from the risks posed by WMDs.
You can watch the Hangout on the State Department's Google+ Home page or YouTube channel. You can participate in the discussion by submitting questions on the Department of State's Google+ page or on Twitter using the hashtag #AskState, and continue the conversation with @Gottemoeller on Twitter.