Robin Burk

About Robin Burk

Robin Burk started her career wearing bell bottom jeans in the basement of the Pentagon, where she had the challenging privilege of interacting with computing legend Grace Hopper, and in Silicon Valley, where she wrote one of the first commercially deployed Internet protocol software stacks. The remainder of her first career half was spent in roles through senior executive in small and mid-sized tech companies serving defense and national security customers in the US and abroad. After the attacks of 9/11 Robin taught in two departments at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Returning to the Beltway area, she grew a fledgling research grant program in the new discipline of complex network systems at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, center of U.S. counterWMD expertise, then led a team that addressed national security and commercial applications at a major R&D organization. Today her passion is helping organizations and individuals make the best responses to disruptive tech-driven change. Along the way she picked up a PhD in artificial intelligence and some DOD civilian medals. She is currently being trained by a young English Cocker Spaniel whose canine appreciation for social compacts rivals that of Confucius and his followers.

All Your Data Are Belong to Us

What do the forced brainwashing of Uighurs, mandatory government registration to own a phone or an online account, extradition of a former corporate chief financial officer to the United States and retaliatory imprisonment of two Canadians, a recent surprise for Germany’s Angela Merkel, and the Internet of Things have to do with one another? They

By | 2019-12-05T06:16:41-07:00 December 4th, 2019|Tags: |

Espionage, Chinese Style

“Chinese infiltration of US labs caught science agencies off guard,” blares a headline in Nature, arguably the most prestigious establishment scientific journal in the West. “China has diverted US government funds to bolster its military and economic aims, a US Senate panel says.” Oh? Do tell. The article continues: US science agencies’ slow response to

By | 2019-11-26T20:25:55-07:00 November 24th, 2019|Tags: |

Blame the Impeachment Flop on Botox

Perhaps you saw this before the tweeter took it down: a badly photoshopped image purporting to be U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) with a nasty look on her face, flipping the bird while former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich testified in the House impeachment proceedings on Friday. O’Malley apologized later, after video showed that the GOP representative

By | 2019-11-18T21:00:21-07:00 November 17th, 2019|Tags: |

Shakespeare at the Pentagon

Scene: A conference room on the 5th floor. Mark Antony rises and moves to the front where a PowerPoint slide displayed on the video wall announces that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has been cancelled. Friends, Americans, Congressmen, lend me your ears. I come to bury the Joint Strike Fighter, not to

By | 2019-07-09T16:21:31-07:00 July 9th, 2019|

Chemotherapy for the Republic

If you’re like me, you know someone—a friend, a loved one, perhaps you yourself—who has battled cancer. Nasty stuff. Cancer is insidious. It starts with a few rogue cells, grows silently, and if allowed, metastasizes until all the body’s resources are sucked into feeding its voracious growth. It’s the supreme betrayal, turning the

By | 2019-05-31T15:34:39-07:00 May 31st, 2019|

Don’t Just Resist—Insist!

It takes clarity and consistency to face down an extinction burst successfully. “An extinction what,” you ask? “Extinction burst” is the term behavioral scientists use to explain the angry, escalating, often violent response you get when you say “No” after having said “Yes” in the past. An extinction burst is what your toddler

By | 2019-05-19T17:25:33-07:00 May 19th, 2019|

Has the Intel Community Become a Danger to Our Republic?

As Americans learn about Foreign Intelligence Security Act abuses and the misuse of national security data for political purposes—executed by contractors until then NSA Director Admiral Rogers learned of it and halted the program, they are justly disturbed. Elements in our government were spying on a presidential campaign and on the Trump White

By | 2019-05-02T22:35:00-07:00 May 2nd, 2019|

Manipulating Science in the Data Age

Who are you going to believe—my academic paper/editorial/meme or your lying eyes? It’s a pressing question in today’s world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, faked videos, and tendentious scientific claims—and particularly pressing in light of ambitious, far-reaching policy proposals based on data analytics and models. Perhaps you remember Climategate 1.0, when emails from

By | 2019-04-27T19:37:19-07:00 April 27th, 2019|

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