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.”
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009 -2012)
Graham Allison (moderator)
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
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