Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

On February 9, 2016, the Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Jr., issued a comprehensive report to the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the United States’ interest in the protection of American lives against Global and Regional threats. The threats that were outlined in this report were: ‘Cyber and Technology’; ‘Terrorism’; ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation’; ‘Space and Couterspace’; ‘Counterintelligence’; ‘Transnational Organized Crime’; ‘Economics and Natural Resources’; and ‘Human Security.’ Countries of interest, also listed in Regional Threats, were mentioned regarding their significance to particular topics (e.g. Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Nonstate Actors regarding Cyber and Technology).

In the interest of Regional Threats, “[…] trends suggest that geopolitical competition among the major powers is increasing in ways that challenge international norms and institutions.” An example of this is how Russia and China are attempting to gain influence over their regional neighbors and would like the U.S. to, “[…] refrain from actions they perceive as interfering with their interests.”

The Testimony of James R. Clapper, Jr., and Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart of the United States Marine Corps to the Senate Armed Services Committee can found in this Congressional Hearing.

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