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.”
The Department of Energy (DoE) is facilitating cooperation by former Soviet weapon scientists with technical experts from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in the development of forensic and other law enforcement technologies. This cooperation supports DoE's nonproliferation mission by creating sustainable, civilian employment opportunities for Russian WMD personnel in the area of law enforcement technology, while building on DoE experience in support of U.S. law enforcement. This seminar will describe the history and current status of this effort, including the involvement of the International Science & Technology Center and Canadian government and will explore how this "targeted initiative" is a new model of WMD scientist engagement.
Please join us! Continental breakfast provided.
Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.