Center for American Progress

Iran may stand down, as Trump says, but cyber and terror attacks are the real threat
In the News

Iran may stand down, as Trump says, but cyber and terror attacks are the real threat

Brian Katulis and Peter Juul write about Iran's capacity to engage in asymmetrical warfare such as cyberattacks and acts of terrorism.

President Donald Trump says Iran appears to be standing down after retaliating in a limited way to last week’s U.S. strike killing Iran’s top military commander, Qasem Soleimani. We will see whether that’s true, at least from an overt military perspective. But we should not relax our vigilance when it comes to other types of threats to Americans and U.S. regional security partners.

Iran’s capacity to conduct asymmetrical warfare, such as terrorist acts, targeted assassinations and cyberattacks, is far greater than its conventional military capabilities. That’s where Iran is most likely to focus any additional retaliation.

The above excerpt was originally published in USA Today. Click here to view the full article.

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.

Authors

 (Brian Katulis)

Brian Katulis

Senior Fellow

Peter Juul

Senior Policy Analyst