We must ensure that our national-security agencies and diplomatic corps are equipped to meet 21st-century challenges, including cybersecurity and terrorism. As a cybersecurity expert who has worked for many years at Cornell University on information security policy, I have a grasp on the intricacies of cybersecurity that will allow me to make informed decisions on the best way that we can protect our nation, and our elections, from hacking threats from state and non-state actors. Many in Congress, although well-informed on many other matters, struggle to understand the new technologies that are now absolutely vital to our security agencies. With my background, I will be an asset to my fellow Congressional representatives, providing the kind of knowledge that only an expert can.

The United States is an undoubtedly great nation, with a vast array of means to defend itself from all kinds of threats. Nonetheless, in the realm of national security, we cannot go it alone. The U.S. must maintain its strong bilateral and multilateral alliances, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, if we are to triumph over the complex threats that confront us.