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 General Charles Hooper (U.S. Army-Retired) is a Senior Fellow with the Belfer Center's Avoiding Great Power War Project.
General Hooper is one of the Nation’s foremost experts on China’s military and defense industries, U.S. -China military relations, U.S. security assistance, and foreign military sales.
In his final military assignment, LTG Hooper was Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, responsible for the overseas sale of all weapons, military equipment, and logistics support for the U.S. Government.
General Hooper served with the 82nd Airborne Divisions, taught at the Naval Postgraduate School, and managed China and Taiwan policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was also the senior DOD strategist for Africa and the senior U.S. military officer in Egypt. A fluent Chinese linguist, he served seven years in Beijing, including as the U.S. Defense Attaché to China. He has a BS from United States Military Academy and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Also at Harvard, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.Last Updated: Apr 1, 2021, 5:04pm