CHART: Threats to the United States

J.J. Green,

Then and Now: Threats to the U.S. 2008-2012
CIA director Michael Hayden spoke to WTOP several times between 2006 and 2009. Here are the threats as he viewed them at that time. The CIA was asked on Sept. 7, 2012 for an update on its outlook of the threat landscape and provided the following statement: James Dobbins, director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation (as of Sept. 7, 2012) Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution senior fellow with the 21st Century Defense Initiative and director of research for the Foreign Policy program (as of Sept. 7, 2012)
  • Global terrorism
  • Al-Qaida resurgence
  • Threat from Iran
  • War in Iraq
  • Cyber
  • Dealing with a growing and modernizing China
  • North East Asia/ North Korea
  • Vulnerabilities in information sharing and management
  • Afghanistan – Could we build a society naturally immune to a Taliban resurgence?
  • The realities of a Russia in transition
  • “Over the past few years, it has become increasingly clear that the CIA’s primary strategic challenge is to balance its counterterrorism mission – still a top priority for the Agency – with its mandate for global coverage. It’s hard work, but we’re succeeding by staying focused on protecting the American people while applying deep expertise to analyzing international developments that affect US national security.” - John Tomczyk CIA Chief of Media Relations

  • Rising China
  • Iranian nuclear proliferation
  • Spillover war from Syria to neighboring countries
  • Narco-violence from Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Global warming
  • Another economic crisis
  • Terrorism
  • Collapse of North Korea
  • Revolution in Saudi Arabia
  • Something no one can imagine, which is most likely

  • Al-Qaida
  • Threats in Afghanistan
  • Pakistan and South Asia
  • Iran
  • Middle East insecurity
  • Syria
  • North Africa instability (Egypt – Tunisia)

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