Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-18-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Intelligence and Security Studies

First Advisor

Wesley Yates

Second Advisor

Jeff Lucas

Third Advisor

Craig Morris

Relational Format



Bottom Line Up Front: It is highly likely that the Russian GRU has the capability, resources, and intent to execute cyberweapon attacks against American critical infrastructure in times of heightened tensions, either as a warning or a first strike. I also assess that much of current American critical infrastructure is not secure enough to withstand a coordinated assault by the GRU, and very likely has numerous severe vulnerabilities known by the GRU.


This thesis was written during the first two months of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. As such, some details may be found to have been misreported or lost in the fog of war. However, the assessments in this product are derived from evidence both from the Ukrainian War and other sources, and are thus sound in their integrity.

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