One Map That Shows What America’s Spies Are Worried About

By Kedar Pavgi

January 30, 2014

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.

By Kedar Pavgi // Kedar Pavgi is an M.A. candidate at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He was previously a Digital Editor at Defense One, and has worked at Government Executive, and Foreign Policy magazine. He has written for The Diplomat, The World Politics Review, and the Foreign Policy Association. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, where he studied economics and international relations.

January 30, 2014