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Director Joins Senior Intel Officials at Senate Hearing on Global Threat Assessment

Today, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller and other U.S. intelligence officials appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified regarding the intelligence community’s worldwide threat assessment.

Mar 12, 2013 01:00 PM
 

Director Joins Senior Intel Officials at Senate Hearing on Global Threat Assessment


Today, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other U.S. intelligence officials appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified regarding the intelligence community’s worldwide threat assessment.

Covering a wide range of topics—cyber, terrorism and transnational organized crime, WMD proliferation, counterintelligence, counterspace, natural resources, health and pandemic threats, mass atrocities, and threats broken down by region—Clapper illustrated “how quickly and radically the world and our threat environment are changing.”

He went on to emphasize the importance of sharing and integrating intelligence: “The intelligence community must continue to promote collaboration among experts in every field, from the political and social sciences to natural sciences, medicine, military issues, and space. Collectors and analysts need vision across disciplines to understand how and why developments—and both state and unaffiliated actors—can spark sudden changes with international implications.

Following Clapper’s statement, the committee posed questions to the witness panel, which—along with Mueller and Clapper—included National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research Philip Goldberg.

Read full text of Clapper’s statement (pdf)