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’s Defense, Emerging Technology, and Strategy Program (DETS) for a seminar on “Intelligence Sharing in Ukraine: Observations from a U.S. Practitioner ” on Tuesday, September 19th at 3:00PM in Wexner 434 AB. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here.
Intelligence sharing in various forms has been a key component of the U.S. Government’s response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. A DOD Liaison to U.S. European Command in the lead-up to and aftermath of the invasion shares personal observations on how intelligence sharing within the Executive Branch and between the U.S. and its Allies and Partners has matured since September 11, 2001 and the 9/11 Commission’s critical findings on the topic. Thus far, the Ukraine crisis has presented opportunities for intelligence sharing successes, while also highlighting enduring challenges in intelligence sharing that pose significant technical, legal, policy, and ethical questions. How will lessons learned from Ukraine shape future U.S. intelligence sharing?
This event is part of the For the Common Defense seminar series, run by the Harvard Kennedy School's National Security Fellows. Each seminar explores a different national security or defense-related subject chosen by Fellows to share insights, policy relevant knowledge, and professional expertise with students and fellows.
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