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.”
Due to inclement weather, this Seminar is cancelled.
The Belfer Center will be hosting a Seminar with Ambassador Greg Schulte on Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 from 10:30-11:30AM in the Belfer Library (L369). Ambassador Schulte, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy since May 2010, will discuss the forthcoming US National Security Space Strategy.
Prior to his current post, Ambassador Schulte was the US Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations in Vienna, where he was dispatched by President Bush in 2005 and extended by President Obama through June 2009. Ambassador Schulte helped report Iran to the UN Security Council, implement the US nuclear cooperation agreement with India, and establish international nuclear fuel banks. After Vienna, Ambassador Schulte spent ten months as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Mr. Schulte served three tours in the White House under two Presidents and was Director for Crisis Management and Operations and Director for Nuclear Planning at NATO Headquarter in Brussels.
In presenting the forthcoming National Security Space Strategy, Ambassador Schulte will seek discussion and further thoughts on issues such as the following:
-- What are the implications for U.S. national security of a space environment that is increasingly congested, competitive, and contested? How does the US need to adapt its strategic approaches to preserve advantages while also protecting the domain?
-- How can the US best promote norms for responsible behavior in space? How can the US best engage Russia and China, as well as new space-faring countries like India and Brazil?
-- How can the US best leverage the growing space capabilities of allies like Canada, France, and Japan?
-- How should the US respond to China's major investment in counterspace capabilities? How can the US engage China on space as part of further discussions on strategic issues?
This session will be “off the record” and not for attribution.
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