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.”
Zannis Pappas will present a Managing the Atom Nuclear 101 Seminar entitled "U.S. Nuclear Missile Operations" on Tuesday February 15, 2011 beginning at 9:30am in the Belfer Center library.
Zannis Pappas will discuss the US Nuclear ICBM mission and its contribution to nuclear deterrence. The presentation is focused on day-to-day operations of a U.S. Air Force Missile Wing and the lives of the men and women who operate the world's most powerful weapons. As a previous commander of a nuclear missile squadron Zannis Pappas provides a unique insight on what it means to be a US missileer.