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 Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a seminar with Dr. Robert Kadlec, ret. U.S. Air Force officer and physician, and former Special Assistant for Homeland Security and Biodefense Policy to President Bush, 2007-2009, in the Belfer Center Library (L369). Will Tobey, Belfer Center Senior Fellow, will host.
Dr. Robert Kadlec served 26 years as a U.S. Air Force officer and physician. He most recently served as the Special Assistant for Homeland Security and Biodefense Policy to President Bush from 2007 to 2009. He also served as staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness in the 109th Congress. Kadlec was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Act. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Doctorate of Medicine and Masters of Tropical Medicine from the Uniformed Services University, and Masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Light refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.