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.”
Allison Lazarus is a joint Master in Public Policy and Master in Business Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. Before attending HKS, she served as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, with a portfolio including science and technology, defense business operations, cross-functional teams, transportation and logistics policy, interagency reform, and financial management, with additional focus areas on cybersecurity organization and security clearance reform. She previously worked for McKinsey & Company in New York City and Washington, DC, primarily on strategy for national security and defense clients in the public sector. Allison's policy interests include national security organization and decision-making, and technology innovation in government. She holds a BA in History from Yale University.
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