WASHINGTON (AP) – The effects of the coronavirus pandemic is expected to contribute over the next year to “humanitarian and economic crises, political unrest, and geopolitical competition,” according to a new intelligence report that also warns about the threats from foreign adversaries and violent extremists inside the. The U.S. government’s annual
Released Tuesday ahead of congressional hearings expected to cover similar territory, it charts a broad array of potential dangers anticipated by theover the coming year. Its grim assessment of diverse threats echoes in some ways the conclusions of a separate intelligence report from last week that examined likely global challenges, including those related to the pandemic, over the .
“The American people should know as much as possible about the threats facing our nation and what theirare doing to protect them,” Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement accompanying Tuesday’s report.
The report is concerned about the lingering impact of the, which has killed nearly 3 million people worldwide, warning how the recovery will “strain governments and societies.” According to the report, the pandemic has disrupted health services in some world regions, led to continued health emergencies, and raised tensions as countries compete for advantage. Intelligence that the economic fallout in developing countries has been especially severe, with food insecurity worldwide at its highest point in over a decade.
“No country has been completely spared, and even when a vaccine is widely distributed globally, the economic and political aftershocks will be felt for years,” the.
The document focuses on threats from foreign countries, though those. The paper warns that China will likely continue its efforts to spread its influence and undercut U.S. power. At the same time, Russia is expected to continue developing its while seeking “pragmatic cooperation with Washington on its terms.”
Meanwhile,power, posing an increasing risk to the U.S. and the region. Iran, too, poses a threat despite its weakening economy through conventional and unconventional military strategies, including its network of proxies.
This year’s report was released againstemergencies that have captured the government’s attention and resources. Two major cyber breaches, one by suspected Russian agencies and the other affecting Microsoft Exchange email software, have exposed vulnerabilities in the public and private sectors’ cyber defenses. And the deadly Jan 6. insurrection at the U.S. Capitol the threat posed by violent extremists in America.
The report warns that foreign adversaries – notably, Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea – are likely to deploy their cyber capabilities in ways that directly affect civilian populations, including electronic surveillance or censoring or manipulating information. Inside the U.S., domestic extremists motivated by feelings of white racial superiority and anti-government grievances pose an elevated threat to the U.S., the . of disrupted plots in the West since 2015,” according to the document. Haines and other U.S. officials, including CIA Director William Burns and FBI Director Christopher Wray, are expected to testify about threats facing the world this .
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