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Book - Random House/Crown

The Perfect Weapon

| June 19, 2018

For 70 years, the thinking inside the Pentagon was that only nations with nuclear weapons could threaten America’s existence. But that assumption is now in doubt: in a world in which almost everything is interconnected – phones, cars, electrical grids, and satellites – everything can be disrupted, if not destroyed. In THE PERFECT WEAPON, Belfer Center Senior Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy David Sanger, the New York Times national security correspondent, details how this new revolution, being conducted largely in secret, is reshaping global power.

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaks at the ARCYBER-led Total Army Cyber Summit at Fort Belvoir, Va. on Feb. 22, 2017. Nakasone is responsible for planning cyber operations to disable Iran's air defense systems in case of conflict. 

Tanic Murphy/U.S. Army Cyber Command

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

| June 17, 2018

The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks, a shift in strategy that could increase the risk of conflict with the foreign states that sponsor malicious hacking groups.

Microsoft president Brad Smith speaks at the annual Microsoft shareholders meeting Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Bellevue, Washington. Brad Smith has been a key player behind the effort to create a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord.” (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar

| Apr. 17, 2018

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, announced a set of principles on Tuesday that included a declaration that they would not help any government — including that of the United States — mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere,” reflecting Silicon Valley’s effort to separate itself from government cyberwarfare.

An unarmed Minuteman 3 ICBM launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on Wednesday, August 2, 2107. (Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Vandenberg Air Force Base via AP)

Senior Airman Ian Dudley/Vandenberg Air Force Base via AP

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

| Jan. 16, 2018

A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyberattacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview in Paris, France, Monday, May 29, 2017. In the interview with French newspaper Le Figaro released Tuesday, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russia's involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails that yielded disclosures that proved embarrassing for Hillary Clinton's campaign. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Newspaper Article - The New York Times

Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back’

| June 10, 2017

What started out as a counterintelligence investigation to guard the United States against a hostile foreign power has morphed into a political scandal about what Mr. Trump did, what he said and what he meant by it. 

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Nye Lauded for Cybersecurity Leadership

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and former Harvard Kennedy School Dean Joseph S. Nye was honored  by the Center’s Cyber Security Project in April for his leadership and contributions to cybersecurity through the Belfer Center’s cybersecurity initiatives. Nye has announced his retirement at the end of the semester.