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 Matt Borawski is a research fellow at the Belfer Center’s International Security Program. He first entered the Air Force in May 2003 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a trained Civil Engineer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer and has held various positions at the base, Major Command, and Air Staff level. Additionally, he has deployed in support of contingency operations to locations including Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Borawski most recently served as the Theater Infrastructure Branch Chief at United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He oversaw theater-wide infrastructure plans, policy, and posture for 50 nations across Europe. He guided U.S. involvement in the NATO Security Investment Program, assisted in the development of bi-lateral international support agreements, and oversaw $1.9B European Deterrence Initiative and $416B Baseline Military Construction programs.
He holds an M.S. from George Washington University and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College. Additionally, he holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. His current research explores the effectiveness of NATO deterrence and the future of European security.Last Updated: