What’s the greatest potential threat to Britain’s national security in the early 21st century? Apparently, it’s no longer armed conflict with a hostile power—it’s cyberwarfare, according to the first published report, released this week, from Britain’s newly formed National Security Council. Forget the old simplicities of the Cold War era, where state enemies were easy to define: the country now faces a “different and more complex range of threats from myriad sources,” the council said. And at the head of the list of dangers is the “Tier One” risk of cyberwarfare.
Is this just spin to make the cut in the defense budget more palatable?