Bundeswehr general warns of hybrid threats and vulnerability of German infrastructure
Bundeswehr General Karsten Breuer, who has headed the German Army Territorial Command since September, sees hybrid threats and possible attacks on critical infrastructure as urgent for Germany.
According to European Pravda, Breuer said this in an interview with Bild.
“We are not talking about an enemy army with soldiers and tanks that attack our country. But there are acts of influence, with attacks on infrastructure, with cyber attacks, or, for example, reconnaissance flights of drones over the barracks. That is, “point strikes” that are aimed sow uncertainty among the population and undermine confidence in our state,” he explained.
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According to the commander of the territorial defense of the Bundeswehr, the attackers could target “every transformer station, every power plant, every pipeline.”
“Germany must keep abreast of, along with its security agencies, who is being targeted for possible attacks, what are the most likely scenarios. Then we must send limited forces there in a targeted manner. You cannot protect every electrical pylon,” Breuer added.
The territorial command of the Bundeswehr was officially presented at the end of September. The staff consists of 550 military and 250 civilian positions. In case of emergencies, the command can also draw on additional forces from all parts of the Bundeswehr.
Concerns about the security of critical infrastructure in Germany have intensified since last week’s Baltic Sea explosions that damaged Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipelines.
Recall that on Saturday in the northern part of Germany, all traffic on the railway stopped for three hours due to damage to critical communications. German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Volker Wissing later confirmed that sabotage was the cause of the morning “paralysis” at the Deutsche Bahn in the north of the country.
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