Worldwide Threat: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, February 16, 2011 [video]   [open video - 0B]

"This is a video from the February 16, 2011 hearing, 'Worldwide Threat,' before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From the opening statement of James R. Clapper: 'This statement goes into extensive detail about numerous state and non-state actors, crosscutting political, economic, and military developments and transnational trends, all of which constitute our nation's strategic and tactical landscape. Although I believe that counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence are all the immediate forefront of our security concerns, it is virtually impossible to rank-in terms of long-term importance-the numerous, potential threats to U.S. national security. The United States no longer faces- as in the Cold War-one dominant threat. Rather, it is the multiplicity and interconnectedness of potential threats-and the actors behind them- that constitute our biggest challenge. Indeed, even the three categories noted above are also inextricably linked, reflecting a quickly-changing international environment of rising new powers, rapid diffusion of power to non-state actors and ever greater access by individuals and small groups to lethal technologies. We in the Intelligence Community believe it is our duty to work together as an integrated team to understand and master this complexity. By providing better strategic and tactical intelligence, we can partner more effectively with Government officials at home and abroad 10 protect our vital national interests.'"

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