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 Lunch with Ambassador Greg Schulte, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).
Ambassador Greg Schulte has been a part of the last two administrations in the White House, where he was Director for Crisis Management and Operations and Director for Nuclear Planning at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Schulte oversaw the Defense Department's contribution in creating a National Security Space Strategy.
Ambassador Schulte has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy since May 2010. Prior to his current post, Ambassador Schulte was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency at the UN in Vienna, where he was dispatched by President Bush in 2005 and extended by President Obama through June 2009. Ambassador Schulte helped report Iran to the UN Security Council, implement the U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement with India, and establish international nuclear fuel banks. After Vienna, Ambassador Schulte spent ten months as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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