Wednesday September 26, 2018

Registration: 9:00-9:30 am
Presentation and discussion: 9:30-11:00 am

At NTI’s new offices:
1776 Eye Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC

In an age of cyberwarfare, has the nuclear deterrence strategy that helped guide the West and the Soviet Union through the Cold War become dangerously obsolete?

Cyber-based threats target all sectors of society from the financial sector to the entertainment industry to governments. Governments face a potentially existential challenge when it comes to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, including nuclear weapons systems.

A successful cyberattack on nuclear weapons or related systems—including nuclear planning systems, early warning systems, communication systems, and delivery systems—could have catastrophic consequences. Nuclear Weapons in the New Cyber Age, by Samantha Pitts-Kiefer and Page Stoutland, PhD, presents four credible, real-world scenarios in which a cyberattack could lead to a nuclear launch, increase the risk of unauthorized use of a nuclear weapon, or undermine confidence in the nuclear deterrent. The report offers high-level recommendations for mitigating these threats, based on discussions with military, technical, and policy experts convened over the past two years.