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.”
Nate Bruggeman is a fellow with the Homeland Security Project at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He began his involvement with homeland security issues when he accepted an appointment to join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of International Affairs. Nate later joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection as a Counsel to the Commissioner. In these roles, Nate worked on complex issues primarily related to southwest border security, security cooperation with Mexico, and strengthening law enforcement intelligence. Nate joined the Belfer Center in 2018 as an affiliate and then became a fellow in 2019. Nate’s focus at the Center has been on the Homeland Security Policy Paper series. He helped found the paper series and has served as its executive editor. Nate has written extensively on homeland security matters, in particular related to border security, with his commentary appearing in publications including the Washington Post and Politico Magazine.
Nate has also worked extensively in the private sector. He is a principal at the consulting firms of New Macro Risks and Paciolus Group. New Macro Risks provides education and training related services, which have included development of cutting-edge self-study modules for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and training materials for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Paciolus Group provides data analytical services to support the homeland security mission space.
In addition to his consulting work, Nate is Of Counsel at the law firm Recht Kornfeld in Denver, Colorado. Nate’s legal practice focuses on political and regulatory law, along with civil litigation. He has also been an attorney at an international law firm and a national litigation boutique. Nate represented Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division as an Assistant Attorney General with the Colorado Department of Law.
He graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with an B.A. in Political Science, and he obtained his law degree with High Honors from the University of Texas School of Law. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.Last Updated: