The intelligence community presented its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment to Congress in order to inform the public on their view of this year’s biggest concerns.
how the government is supposed to work
- The intelligence community provides the best information available on global situations and national security issues in order to help our leaders make informed foreign policy decisions that are in line with their objectives.
- With this information, the intelligence community updates the president on threats before and as they happen.
- The intelligence community does not make policy; it provides information to support policy that is set by the administration.
- The intelligence community is trained to present information without personal or political agendas.
- There are political appointees throughout the government but in the intelligence community most members are careerists who have served under both political parties.
- The intelligence community tells policymakers the things they don’t want to hear: they speak truth to power in their assessments.
once a year, the intelligence community provides an unclassified threat assessment to Congress and the public
These are among the points they made:
- China and Russia are competing more intensely with the United States and its traditional allies and partners in technology and military superiority. They are also more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s and their relationship is likely to strengthen.
- Some U.S. allies and partners are moving away from a relationship with the U.S. in response to changing U.S. policies.
- North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear arsenal.
- China and Russia are the greatest espionage and cyber attack threats. Russia is mapping our critical infrastructure with the long-term goal of being able to cause substantial damage.
- Iran is not violating the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and other Western countries.
- The 2020 U.S. elections remain vulnerable to interference.
- ISIS remains a threat.
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