Testimony on the Current and Future Worldwide Threats to the National Security of the United States, hearing before the United States Senate, Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred and Sixth Congress, First Session, February 2, 1999   [open pdf - 321KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 2, 1999 hearing, "Testimony on the Current and Future Worldwide Threats to the National Security of the United States," U.S. Senate, Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of George Tenet: "US citizens and interests are threatened in many arenas and across a wide spectrum of issues. What is noteworthy is the manner in which so many issues are now intertwined and so many dangers mutually reinforcing. Why is this so? To some degree it involves historic legacies fueled by the continued crumbling of Cold War constraints. We see this in the ongoing turmoil of the Balkans, the increasing violence in Africa, and the renewed volatility of the Subcontinent. But in today's world, these problems fester amidst new dangers--dangers that flow from new factors, such as the increasing availability of sophisticated technology and the ease and speed with which it can be applied by those hostile to the United States. In a very real sense, we live at a moment when the past and the future are colliding. In other words, today we must still deal with terrorists, insurgents, and others who have hundreds of years of history fueling their causes--but chances are they will be using laptop computers, sophisticated encryption, and weaponry their predecessors could not even have imagined." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George J. Tenet, Director, Central Intelligence Agency and Patrick M. Hughes, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency.

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