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.”
Susan M. (Sue) Gordon was Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence until August 2019. A longtime member of the Intelligence Community, she has nearly three decades of intelligence experience. As PDDNI, she managed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and focused on advancing intelligence integration across the Intelligence Community. Earlier, she was Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where she drove NGA’s transformation to meet the challenges of a 21st century intelligence agency.
Gordon has worked in a variety of leadership roles spanning numerous intelligence organizations and disciplines. Prior to her assignment with NGA, she served for 27 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), rising to senior executive positions in each of the Agency’s four directorates: operations, analysis, science and technology, and support.
“It is an honor to have Sue Gordon join the Intelligence Project and the Belfer Center as a Senior Fellow,” said Paul Kolbe, Director of the Intelligence Project. “Sue’s expertise across all intelligence disciplines, and her particular focus on preparing the intelligence community to meet the demands of the 21st century digital environment, will be extremely valuable for our fellows and all of us at the Kennedy School. At the Belfer Center, she will apply her vision and energy to the critical transformations needed to meet new intelligence and national security challenges.”Last Updated: