How dangerous is the world? Listen to what leaders in the intelligence community are saying and it’s frightening.
Officials from America’s spy agencies testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” an annual report that explains the biggest national security threats.
Besides the usual international hotspots—terrorism from the Middle East, Chinese militarization and Iran’s nuclear weapons program—many topical threats including organized crime, food and energy crises, and global pandemics are areas that are a growing concern to intelligence officials.
“Looking back over my more than half a century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we have been beset by more crises and threats around the globe,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee. “My list is long. It includes the scourge and diversification of terrorism loosely connected and now globally dispersed, to include here at home, as exemplified by the Boston Marathon bombing.”
Click on the map below to see where the intelligence community is focusing their efforts.