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.”
Katlyn Turner grew up in Granger, Indiana. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Earth & Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Stanford University. Her dissertation examined the atomic structures of nuclear materials in extreme pressure environments. She is interested in how emerging technologies to reprocess spent nuclear fuel affect nuclear security, waste management, and the fuel cycle.