6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Launch: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

There will be a webcast of this event

Please join us for an exclusive look at The Perfect Weapon, the striking and sobering new book by acclaimed New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger, who researched and wrote while in residence at the Wilson Center.

In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers; Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict.

The Perfect Weapon is the gripping inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes -- from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt -- cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists.




  • David Sanger

    Distinguished Fellow
    National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; and former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center


  • Robert S. Litwak

    Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies