All FSI News Q&As November 30, 2021

Interview: Stanford’s Herbert Lin on “Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons”

Much of the technology now controlling US nuclear weapons was produced before the rise of the Internet. Newer technology will improve aspects of command, control, and communications related to the US nuclear arsenal. But if not carefully planned, the updating of nuclear technology could also increase risk in distinct ways that Herbert Lin explains in the following interview.
A US Air Force commander simulates launching a nuclear weapon during a test.
US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano.

As the United States modernizes its nuclear forces in coming decades, it will upgrade the computer and communications technology associated with them. Much of such technology now controlling US nuclear weapons was produced before the rise of the Internet. Newer technology will improve aspects of command, control, and communications related to the US nuclear arsenal. But if not carefully planned, the updating of nuclear technology could also increase risk in distinct ways that cyber policy expert and Bulletin Science and Security board member Herbert Lin explains in the following interview.

Read the rest at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists