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.”
Meredith Berger is a senior advisor at Mabus Group, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC that helps organizations prepare for and mitigate against change. She is also a non-resident Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Previously, Meredith was a Fellow with the Belfer Center’s Defending Digital Democracy Project. As an original member of the Defending Digital Democracy team, her experience in campaigns and elections, national security, government policy at the local, state, and federal levels contributed to the project's groundbreaking work on cybersecurity and elections.
Before joining the Belfer Center, Meredith served in various positions in state and federal government. Her most recent role was as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Navy. She also held positions in the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of the Florida Chief Financial Officer. Meredith holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University.Last Updated: Dec 24, 2019, 1:27pm