The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
The Russia Strategic Initiative team from EUCOM will be visiting HKS for the day on March 7th to discuss strategies for deterring Russia in the 21st Century. As part of this initiative, please join the Defense Project and the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for an in-depth discussion and Q&A session with Major General David Allvin, Director for Strategy and Policy at US European Command.
Maj. Gen. David W. Allvin is the Director, Strategy, and Policy, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart Vaihingen, Germany. He is responsible for formulation and staff direction of the execution of military/political policy and planning for command activities involving relations with other U.S. Unified Commands, allied military and international military organizations, and subordinate commands.
General Allvin graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986. He has commanded at the squadron and wing levels, including the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He has held major command staff assignments and served on the Joint Staff.
General Allvin was the Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command - Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistanand Commander, 618th Air and Space Operations Center (TACC). He most recently served as the Director, Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
The general is a command pilot with more than 4,600 hours in more than 30 aircraft models, including 800 flight test hours.