Current and Projected National Security Threats to the United States: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, Second Session, January 28, 1998   [open pdf - 742KB]

This committee will hear the Intelligence Community's views regarding the nature and extent of the changing national security threats to the U.S. The identification and analysis of these threats are crucial to defining and conducting our nation's foreign policy. Our intelligence on these threats provides the basis for our defense strategy and planning, informs our budget and procurement choices, and supports our military forces when they go into action. "Many of the issues we will discuss bear directly on critical policy choices facing the administration and the Congress today and in the near future, and raise a number of complex questions. For example: Once again, Iraq is refusing to allow UN inspectors full access to its weapons programs. How strong is Saddam Hussein within his own country that he can defy the international community? Is he, in fact, better off than he was before he instigated the current crisis over weapons inspections? What is the status of the Iraqi weapons programs? How quickly could these programs be expanded or revived if sanctions were removed? Is it true, as has been suggested in the press, that Iraq tested biological and/or chemical weapons on human beings? Will Saddam Hussein ever comply with the UN resolutions? And on the other side of the Shatt al Arab, we have Iran. Many of us saw Iranian President Khatami's recent television interview. What do his remarks then and subsequently--and the response of his hardline opponents--mean for US-Iranian relations? Most critically, has the Intelligence Community seen any reduction in Iranian support for international terrorism, or slackening in Iran's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, since the election? How soon will Iran deploy new ballistic missiles capable of threatening Israel and other U.S. allies? Iran of course is only one of more than a dozen or so countries which possess or are developing ballistic missile systems, and one of over two dozen nations that are developing weapons of mass destruction. How does the Intelligence Community assess the global ballistic missile threat to the United States--the greatest single threat to our national security?" Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Wayne Allard, Max Baucus, Robert Bryant, Mike DeWine, Louis J. Freeh, John Glenn, Patrick M. Hughes, James M. Inhofe, J. Robert Kerrey, Richard G. Lugar, Phyllis E. Oakley, Charles S. Robb, Pat Roberts, Richard C. Shelby, and George J. Tenet.

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S. Hrg. 105-587; Senate Hearing 105-587
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