Page Stoutland, Ph.D.
Consultant, Scientific and Technical Affairs
Reducing Cyber Risks to Nuclear Weapons: Proposals from a U.S.-Russia Expert Dialogue
In the modern nuclear age, there is no more urgent task than understanding and mitigating the potential risks posed by the interaction of advancing cyber capabilities and nuclear weapons systems.
This report—resulting from dialogues between American and Russian non-government experts held in 2020 and 2021 before the start of the war in Ukraine—highlights the critical need for a global diplomatic approach to address growing cyber risks, including, where possible, through cooperation between the United States and Russia. It offers specific recommendations formulated through the dialogues that are intended to reduce cyber risks, improve strategic stability, and prevent the catastrophic use of nuclear weapons.
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