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.”
Grace Jones is a second-year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In her first year at HKS, Grace was a member of the Cambridge Project, conducting research supporting the National Security Innovation Network on potential avenues for amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act to allow for budgetary flexibility.
Grace is a Research Assistant for the Belfer Center conducting research on emerging technologies, specifically focused on their application in defense and security. Her research interests include emerging technologies in defense, the transatlantic partnership, the U.S. intelligence community, and security in Africa.
Prior to graduate school, Grace served on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy for nine years. Her assignments included US Africa Command, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. She deployed overseas four times in support of Special Operations. Grace remains in the U.S. Navy Reserves and is currently supporting NATO Allied Command Transformation. Grace received a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2012.