uk: Climate change and cyber attacks among security threats

Gordon Brown this week is expected to reveal a long-delayed national security strategy setting out a wide range of threats facing Britain and how the government intends to tackle them.His proposals will include a national security council on which security, intelligence, and military chiefs could sit as well as senior ministers and top civil servants, Whitehall officials said yesterday.A national security document, due to be published on Wednesday, will warn that threats to Britain go beyond that of terrorism fuelled by extreme Islamism. It says they include those posed by climate change, increasing competition for natural resources, migration, and potential pandemics.It is also expected to warn of new weapons, such as cyber attacks, already in the hands of hostile powers and potentially in those of terrorist groups.

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