Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the British defense staff, said Britain and NATO needed to prioritize protecting the lines of communication – specifically submarine fiber optic cables.

Peach made the comments during a talk at the Royal United Services Institute, a defense industry think tank.  He discussed potential threats to transatlantic cables from Russia ships and submarines.

The BBC has provided full coverage, including a video of Peach’s remarks, at

This follows a recent report from another think tank in the UK, Policy Exchange, which also highlighted the threat to submarine cables from Russian activity. This report can be viewed at

And threats to submarine cable communications are not limited to the Atlantic.  In an op-ed piece in the Nov/Dec issue of The National Interest, Eli Huang, special assistant to former Taiwan deputy defense minister Lin Chong-pin, focused on Chinese threats to Taiwan’s submarine cables.  See coverage of this at