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.”
Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Current is a PhD student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an active duty Army Strategic Intelligence Officer. She is pursuing a PhD under the Army's Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy PhD Fellowship program. Amanda spent the first ten years of her Army career as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to arriving at Fletcher, she spent four years at U.S. Cyber Command where she held positions at multiple echelons of the organization, culminating as the Commander’s senior representative to a key partner in the U.S. intelligence community.
Amanda's research interest is derived from her practical experience as an intelligence officer in the national security enterprise. Her interests include cyber security and U.S. statecraft, policymaking and grand strategy.Last Updated: Nov 5, 2019, 10:24am