David E. Sanger

National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

The Perfect Weapon

About the Topic

Do U.S. adversaries worry about the consequences of launching a cyber attack? N.S.A. Director and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Paul Nakasone replied during his confirmation hearing in March, "They don't fear us."

David Sanger will join OTR to discuss cyber warfare's powerful threat to national security and global stability. He will assess our nation's growing vulnerabilities and efforts to combat proliferating cyber attacks from Russia, China and North Korea.

Books will be offered for sale at the event.

About the Speaker

David Sanger is one of the country’s most distinguished national security writers. His most recent book, The Perfect Weapon: War Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age, conveys a panoramic view of the rapidly changing world of cyber-conflict, the topic of his September 26th lecture. Mr. Sanger’s reporting on cyber attacks includes breaking the story of Stuxnet: America’s deployment of a computer virus to thwart the Iranian nuclear program.  He has also exposed Russian hacking of the Pentagon, China-sponsored cyber break-ins at Google, and North Korea’s dedicated efforts to wreak havoc on American networks. His recent articles have focused on alleged Russian attacks on U.S. think tanks. 

Mr. Sanger’s previous books include Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power. His documentary Nuclear Jihad, won the 2007 DuPont Award for its explanation of the workings of the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network.  

Based in Washington, Mr. Sanger is the national security correspondent for The New York Times. Throughout his career, he has covered a wide array of issues relating to foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, Asian affairs and the presidency. 

During more than 36 years at The New York Times, Mr. Sanger has been a member of three reporting teams that have won the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the recipient of numerous individual awards for coverage of the presidency and national security as well as a teacher of national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.