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.”
Utsav Sohoni is a joint non-resident fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Cyber Project and Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P). He is an active duty Information Warfare Officer in the US Navy, and is currently serving in a defensive cyber leadership role for the Department of Defense.
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2020, 2:30pm