On May 16, PSSI convened a closed roundtable discussion on the Economic and Financial (E&F) Threat Domain, which sought to demonstrate how subtle forms of economic warfare are taking place under the guise of legal, benign commercial transactions and projects. This gathering intended to improve allied situational awareness and "early warning" capability.
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Traditionally, the security dimensions associated with the international trading and financial systems have focused on sanctions policy, interdicting illicit financial flows, technology theft, commercially-motivated hacking, smuggling and curtailing the revenue streams of adversaries. While these remain important, valid undertakings that warrant high-level policy attention, there is a new theater of operation being employed by large potential adversaries at the top of the so-called global "threat finance" food chain.