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.”
Lt. Col. Charles C. Bursi is a Research Fellow with the International Security Program and a National Defense Fellow. His fellowship research project concerns re-thinking U.S. Defense Readiness to enable a two-theater war construct via a high/low mix option.
He was commissioned in 2004 from the United States Air Force Academy. His fighter flying assignments include duties as a Flight Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner, Director of Operations, and Commander. Lt. Col. Bursi has flown in Operations NOBLE EAGLE, SKY MARSHALL, NOBLE ENDEAVOR, ENDURING FREEDOM, and PACIFIC IRON. He completed staff assignments in the Directorate of Plans and Programs as the Branch Chief for Strategy and Campaign Plans, and the Branch Chief for Greater Indo-Pacific Plans, both in Pacific Air Forces. Prior to his fellowship appointment, Bursi was Commander of the 19th Fighter Squadron, 15 Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.Last Updated: Feb 8, 2023, 12:27am
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