NATO’s Achilles’ Heel: Power Grids


U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams tanks arrive at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Jan 31, 2014. ((U.S. Army Photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

NATO leaders spent much of the last year trying to improve the mobility of Alliance forces across the European continent. While the elimination of logistical barriers between allies is an important first step, arguably too little attention was paid toward the cyber resilience of the transport infrastructure itself. A single cyberattack against the central power grid of a NATO country would seriously impair the Alliance’s capacity to respond to a crisis—undoing all the hard work NATO leaders have put into mobility.

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