Worldwide Threat Assessment: Remarks by Director of National Intelligence

On February 13, 2018, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats delivered the opening statement on threats to U.S. national security to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. His remarks covered the wide range of topics and insights of the U.S. intelligence community regarding the current threat landscape. Coats addressed issues of cyber threats, weapons of mass destruction and proliferation, terrorism, counterintelligence and disinformation, emerging technologies, transnational organized crime, economics, and regional threats.

Coats highlighted the primary concerns for the upcoming year:

“Competition among countries will increase in the coming year as major powers and regional aggressors exploit complex global trends while adjusting to new priorities in US foreign policy. The risk of interstate conflict, including among great powers, is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The most immediate threats of regional interstate conflict in the next year come from North Korea and from Saudi-Iranian use of proxies in their rivalry. At the same time, the threat of state and nonstate use of weapons of mass destruction will continue to grow.”

The statement, titled “Statement for the Record: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community,” is a comprehensive analysis of the status of the international community with regard to U.S. policies, interests, and security. It includes graphs, statistics, and relevant data that contribute to the succinct summary of each issue that poses a threat to U.S. security.

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