Undersea cables at risk of Russia attack, warns UK armed forces chief

As featured in The Financial Times

UK Defence


“The risks to our [Nato] alliance continue to increase,” Sir Stuart told the audience at RUSI. “In response to the threat posed by the modernisation of the Russian navy — both nuclear and conventional submarines and ships — the UK and other Atlantic Nato allies have had to prioritise missions and tasks in order to protect the sea lines of communication. In addition Russia continues to perfect unconventional capabilities and information warfare.There is a new risk to our prosperity and way of life, to the cables that criss-cross our seabeds, disruption to which through cable-cuts or destruction would immediately — and catastrophically — fracture both international trade and the internet.”