Philip Reiner

Chief Executive Officer

Philip Reiner is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Security and Technology, bringing decades of experience working in technology and international security to lead implementation of the IST mission. Philip previously served as President Obama’s Senior Director for South Asia on the National Security Council staff at the White House; as the Senior Advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan; and as a Director for Pakistan on the NSC staff. Prior to these roles, he served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; and for a number of years in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems, working in the Electronic Warfare, Remote Sensing and Vision Systems business units.

Philip is as a Member of the Advisory Board for the AI Security Initiative at the Center for Long Term Cyber Security at UC Berkeley; as an affiliate with Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; the Director for Advisory at AETOS Strategy and Advisory; and the owner of a personal consulting business where he advises both public and private clients on business, tech, and international security with a predominant focus on India, China, and Japan. His writing has appeared in a variety of outlets, to include Foreign Affairs, The Cypher Brief, War on the Rocks, C4ISRNet, and ORF Online. He is an occasional guest lecturer at UC Berkeley in the Cognitive Science Department. Philip obtained his Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religions with a minor in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a focus on both East and South Asian history. He lives in Oakland, California with his amazing wife and two daughters.

From our Library

Op-ed

Democracy Gone Digital: The Election Season Online

Zoë Brammer and Philip Reiner

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Podcasts

Philip Reiner on Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications

Philip Reiner and Gus Docker

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Op-ed

How the conflict in Ukraine threatens US cybersecurity

Philip Reiner

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Op-ed

5 Urgent Actions in the Fightback Against Ransomware

Philip Reiner

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Podcasts

Back Story with Dana Lewis: Nuclear Hotlines

John Gower, Philip Reiner, and Dana Lewis

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Podcasts

Learning from Success: Inter-Korean Crisis Communications

Philip Reiner with Dr. Moon Chung-in

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Podcasts

Communication Over Escalation

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Steven E. Miller and Ben Loehrke

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Formally Verified

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Adam Wick

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Op-ed

When machine learning comes to nuclear communication systems

Philip Reiner, Alexa Wehsener, and M. Nina Miller

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The Real Value of Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear Command and Control

Philip Reiner and Alexa Wehsener

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Video

Ask Me Anything with Vera Zakem and Nina Jankowicz

Philip Reiner, Vera Zakem and Nina Jankowicz

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Podcasts

Wake-Up Call

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Eric Grosse, Rear Admiral John Gower and Subrata Banik

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Targeting Communications and Escalation

Philip Reiner, Alexa Wehsener and Leah Walker with Paul Bracken

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Podcasts

NC3 Threats: Insider Edition

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Dr. Ronald Schouten

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Grand Tactics and the Thin Skin of Civilization

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Dr. Paul Bracken

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Security Through Simplicity

Philip Reiner and Peter Hayes with Eric Grosse

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