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.”
Please join the Belfer Center for a special session with Ms. Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in the Belfer Library (L369) from 11:00 to 12:30PM. The session, led by Professor Daniel Schrag, will take place 11:00 to 12:00, followed by a lunch discussion from 12:00 to 12:30. As Assistant Secretary, Ms Burke works at the intersection of energy, environment and security - all at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. She will talk about the challenges and issues she faces in her position at DoD and take questions from the attendees. Ms. Burke will deliver a Future of Energy talk that same evening in the Harvard Science Center D.
Ms. Burke is the inaugural Assistant Secretary for the office and is principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on operational energy security. The mission of the office is to help the military services and combatant commands improve military capabilities, cut costs, and lower operational and strategic risk through better energy accounting, planning, management, and innovation.
Prior to her appointment at the Department of Defense, Ms. Burke was a Vice President and Senior Fellow at the non-partisan and independent Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
>Ms. Burke has received awards for Exceptional Public Service from the Department of Defense and the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State. She has served on the Leadership Team of the American Assembly's Next Generation Project, as the Director of the National Security Project at Third Way, as the Middle East Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA, and is the author of numerous reports, including A Strategy for American Power: Energy, Climate, and National Security.
She graduated from Williams College and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on international energy policy and earned a Certificate of Middle Eastern Studies.
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