This 34 page report, dated February 10, 2011, gives a very interesting look to members of Congress as to current threats facing the U.S, today.
From the summary:
"Terrorism will remain at the forefront of our national security threats over the coming year.
Robust counterterrorism (CT) and information sharing efforts continue worldwide, and this extensive
cooperation has stopped a number of potentially tragic events from occurring and hindered many
others. Moreover, these efforts are changing the nature of the threat we face, with clear progress
being made in some fronts, but new challenges arising elsewhere. The core al-Qa‟ida, which we
define as the group‟s Pakistan-based leadership and cadre organization, continues to be damaged by
ongoing CT efforts on the part of the United States and its allies."
And includes a discussion on Iran:
"The Iranian regime continues to flout UN Security Council restrictions on its nuclear and missile
programs. There is a real risk that its nuclear program will prompt other countries in the Middle East
to pursue nuclear options."
and North Korea:
"Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs pose a serious threat to the security
environment in East Asia, a region characterized by several great power rivalries and some of the
world’s largest economies. North Korea’s export of ballistic missiles and associated materials to
several countries, including Iran and Syria, and its assistance to Syria in the construction of a nuclear reactor, destroyed in 2007, illustrate the
reach of the North’s proliferation activities. Despite the October 2007 Six-Party agreement in which North Korea reaffirmed its commitment not to
transfer nuclear materials, technology, or know-how, we remain alert to the possibility North Korea could again export nuclear technology."
"The Afghan Government will likely continue to make incremental progress in governance,
security, and development in 2011. The Taliban-led insurgency, despite tactical defeats and
operational setbacks in 2010, will threaten US and international goals in Afghanistan through 2011.
Insurgents will continue to use propaganda to discredit the International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) and the Afghan Government, while asserting that the Taliban is the legitimate authority in
Afghanistan. Taliban propaganda will characterize ISAF as an occupation force undermining
Afghan culture and religion, while portraying Kabul as a corrupt, illegitimate tool of foreign
"Pakistan-based militant groups and al-Qa‟ida are coordinating their attacks inside Pakistan
despite their historical differences regarding ethnicity, sectarian issues, and strategic priorities. This
offensive orientation has included greater efforts at making al-Qa‟ida propaganda and videos
available on Pakistan-focused, Urdu-language sites. We judge Pakistani extremists and al-Qa‟ida
will try to conduct additional costly terrorist attacks against the Pakistan Government and US and
other foreign interests throughout the country. These extremists likely view high-impact attacks as a
way of draining US and Pakistani government resources, retaliating against US CT actions, deterring
Pakistani CT and counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts, and causing locals to question the value of these
efforts and Islamabad‟s ability to maintain security throughout the country. However, according to a
2010 Pew Global Attitudes Project poll, an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis (91 percent)
describe terrorism as a very big problem in their country, and both the Taliban and al-Qa‟ida draw
little public support (less than 20 percent favorability)."
And other countries. To read this report in detail go here: www.dni.gov...
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