The “Future of Warfare”: Expert Panels Warns of Bioweapons and Cyberattacks

A panel of warfare experts warns of biological and cyberattacks as the future of warfare.

A panel of experts composed of two retired generals and distinguished cybersecurity analyst joined “The Story” to talk about how global warfare is evolving and moving away from the usual rifles and bombs.

They mentioned that nowadays, attacks are carried out in a more clandestine way, including biological weapons and cyberattacks. 

General Keith Kellogg: cyber-attacks and biological warfare are attacks “from the unknown”

General Keith Kellogg, former Vice President Mike Pence’s previous national security adviser, responded to the remarks that Biden made. The remarks involved announcing an agreement at the G-7 to launch bilateral strategic stability talk to control dangerous and sophisticated weapons.

According to Kellogg, it will be hard for the United States to work in harmony with other countries; this is because of the fact that the defense and capabilities of the U.S. are “unique” and at a higher tier than other allies. 

Kellogg then described it almost as a 51-49 split, cyber-attacks and biological warfare. He added that these types of attacks are “from the unknown.”

Kellogg also recalled how former President Trump described these joint threats as the “silent enemy,” which the country has to dually address. 

The former national security adviser also mentioned that the country had come a long way from previous bows and arrows to gunpowder then nuclear. However, biological warfare and cyberattacks are a different kind of warfare we haven’t seen before. He added that we have to think about it really hard. 

Kellogg then noted that the recent pandemic serves as a warning. He added that if a microbe is in the future to be used a biological weapon, it can easily kill millions and hurt the global economy. 

He then looked at the Russian based ransomware attack of the Colonial Pipeline; Kellogg explained that biological weapons together with cyberattack could “break the back” of any nation, and this includes the United States. 

Morgan Wright: things we thought were safe will not be safe anymore

Meanwhile, Morgan Wright, the State Department’s previous anti-terror adviser, also mentioned that cyber warfare usually goes unnoticed by the public. He added that the “ones and zeros” are not as concerning compared to the rest.

Wright then mentioned that because biological weapons and cyberattacks are not as “sexy” (and people do not see the ones and zeros), most do not take them seriously. He then added that we saw the effects of cyberattacks with the Colonial pipeline. 

Wright later remarked that what he is concerned about is that people are taking their eyes off the ball. 

Wright then explained that the things we thought would be safe before will not be safe anymore. He added that the greatest danger to him are the dangers you cannot see.