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.”
John Larsen is a Partner at Rhodium Group and leads the firm’s US energy system and climate policy research.
John specializes in the analysis of national and state energy and climate policy, market trends, and emerging clean technologies. He manages a multi-disciplinary team of energy modelers, policy specialists, and systems analysts focused on accelerating America’s transition to a net-zero economy. Previously, John worked for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, where he served as an electric power policy advisor. Before working in government, John led federal and congressional policy analysis in the World Resources Institute’s Climate and Energy Program.
John is a non-resident Senior Associate in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has lectured at several academic institutions, including Johns Hopkins University and Amherst College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.