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.”
The Defense Project:
The Defense Project seeks to increase the Belfer Center’s visibility and capacity to advance policy relevant knowledge in defense and international security areas and help prepare future leaders for service in those fields. Through a robust speaker series of visiting senior military officers and DoD civilian leaders, this initiative links defense professionals with Belfer researchers, faculty, and Kennedy School students to facilitate better policy-making in the field and enrich the education of fellows and students about security issues.
The Defense Project achieves this through conducting seminars, discussions, and research to familiarize students and academics with the most critical national security issues currently facing the United States.
National Security Fellows Program:
The National Security Fellowship is a 10-month research fellowship for U.S. military officers at the Lt Col/Colonel rank and their civilian counterparts who show promise of rising to the most challenging leadership positions within their organizations.
This approved senior service college fellowship provides officers and officials with the tools to make the transition from operational to strategic expertise. Fellows study public management and security matters and learn to appreciate and evaluate diverse perspectives on a range of issues. They belong to a fellowship community that brings other practitioners such as politicians, journalists, diplomats and educators to Harvard.
Faculty and Staff
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