As we saw again at last week’s NATO summit, virtually all of President Donald Trump’s focus on NATO has been over its members not living up to spending pledges. Here he is right: The U.S. shoulders far too much of NATO’s overall defense spending, although most of the allies are getting better. But lurking under the broad debate over what percentage of GDP should be spent on the military is a more important and nuanced metric.
The most pressing concern for the alliance in today’s world is overall cyber-defense readiness. After all, it is highly unlikely that Vladimir Putin will choose to cross a NATO border with tanks, troops and jets. But he has shown again and again a willingness to attack digitally.
Last week, the Ukrainian government confirmed that Kremlin-sponsored hackers targeted its water sanitation infrastructure.