The biggest security threats to the US are the most difficult to define
There have been two years ago the heads of major U.S. intelligence agencies last came to Congress to learn about the global threats; They jumped in 2020 tensions with former President Donald Trump. In the Biden administration, however, the public hearing resumed on Wednesday. Their message: with many crises like Covid-19 pandemic and climate change, The most serious threats to U.S. national security have become intricate and intertwined spectra that the intelligence community can warn.
At a public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee and as appropriate report released on Tuesday, the directors of the National Intelligence, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, CIA and FBI Management Office determined the ratings of their agencies. Cybersecurity and offensive hacking were highlighted in the wake of the SolarWinds attacks, which were firmly blamed on Russia. They also highlighted technological innovation, especially China’s advances, that will undermine the security of U.S. infrastructure.
Directors also stressed that where authoritarian governments use technical mechanisms for digital control, such as tools for invasive surveillance, they are struggling to fight and perpetuate democracies. And when anti-democratic movements dominate the world, and U.S. opponents like Iran and North Korea deploy digital and kinetic arsenals, the U.S. has an increasingly difficult geopolitical climate. Lawmakers and the intelligence community also raised the possibility of reviving the Taliban and terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda as a result of the U.S. planned exit from Afghanistan in September.
Two years after these public hearings, the transition of U.S. power and the changing influences in the pandemic world, reports and hearings seemed to be an anxiety on the scale and reach of so many large and amorphous threats.
“Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown inherent risks of high levels of interdependence. And in the coming years, we assess that the world will face more intense and debilitating global challenges, from disease to climate change to disruptions in new technologies and financial crises,” said Avril Haines The ODNI director told Congress: “This imbalance between current and future challenges and the ability of institutions and systems to respond is likely to lead to greater and greater conflict. For the intelligence community, this approach forces us to broaden the definition of national security.”
The reality that all old people follow is complicating new and emerging threats. Leaders marked up-to-date information on longtime U.S. opponents, as well as global challenges posed by armed misinformation, attacks on electoral integrity, infrastructure security, and the rise of U.S. domestic terrorism. Numerous debates returned to the issue of diminishing democratic influence.
“The problem of the erosion of democracies is very real in many parts of the world — in those where democracies have been established and in which democratic governance is relatively weak,” said CIA Director William Burns. The challenge is … to help restore that faith. ”
This tension between words and actions was revealed in the global threat report itself as well as in the hearing. Senators and agency directors focused on the “blind spot” of the intelligence community. The intelligence chiefs said the IC would get more access to the Internet at home, signals from corporate networks and more information about people’s digital activities. The blind spot is linked to long-running discussions about “encryption” and what the FBI calls the “darkening” issue. if they carry out digital attacks like SolarWinds hack From within U.S. entities.