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U.S. intelligence officials delivered their Worldwide Threat Assessment

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper gave a 34-page statement which offer the Intelligence Community's assessments of threats to U.S. national security. "Terrorism will remain at the forefront of our national security threats over the coming year," Clapper said.

As an introduction, one can read a paragraph by Clapper who says "this statement goes into extensive detail about numerous state and non-state actors, crosscutting political, economic, and military developments and transnational trends, all of which constitute our nation's strategic and tactical landscape. Although I believe that counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence are at the immediate forefront of our security concerns, it is virtually impossible to rank—in terms of long-term importance—the numerous, potential threats to U.S. national security. The United States no longer faces—as in the Cold War—one dominant threat. Rather, it is the multiplicity and interconnectedness of potential threats—and the actors behind them—that constitute our biggest challenge. Indeed, even the three categories noted above are also inextricably linked, reflecting a quickly-changing international environment of rising new powers, rapid diffusion of power to non-state actors and ever greater access by individuals and small groups to lethal technologies,"

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Michael E. Leiter gave the House Committee on Homeland Security a 8-page testimony entitled "Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape - Considerations for the 112th Congress". According to Leiter, "the past two years have highlighted the growing breadth of terrorism faced by the United States and our allies," Leiter stressed on the fact that the "NCTC and the entire counterterrorism community work tirelessly to reduce the likelihood of attack but we cannot guarantee safety," and that in this regard, he believes the community "must continue to foster resilience domestically while highlighting the futility of al Qa’ida’s fight,"

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