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 Charles Bueker recently served as Commander of the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. In this role, he led 150 active-duty Airmen who integrated airpower into joint plans and operations. The unit is habitually aligned with the 82d Airborne Division on the Nation’s Immediate Response Force. Prior to command, he served on staff at Joint Special Operations Command, working strategy, policy, and plans.
He commissioned in 2004 through the United States Air Force Academy where he majored in Management Science. He is a Senior Pilot in the B-1B with 990 combat hours. In addition to his flying deployments, he deployed as an air liaison officer with the 25th Infantry Division to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, he led Airmen in Kabul, Afghanistan during non-combatant evacuation and final retrograde operations, in direct support of the 82d Airborne Division.
Lieutenant Colonel Bueker holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College and a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He is a Political-Military Affairs Strategist under the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. He has instructed International Security Studies at Air Command and Staff College while leading the school’s Political-Military Affairs curriculum which produced seventy Political-Military Affairs Strategists. His research interests include joint matters, organizational behavior and decision making, and military styles of strategy and analysis.Last Updated: Sep 19, 2023, 1:49am