US Intelligence

US Intelligence

Introduction

Today, the strength of the US Intelligence is great than at any time before. The various national security problems faced by the US intelligence pose challenges for the Intelligence Community and the country at large[1]. In the year 2001, the country faced a rising regional conflict in South Asia, stability in the Balkans and increased tensions with China.

Challenges

Cyber security                                                             

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges the US will face in years to come. Cyber-attacks have been a great challenge to the present government and are not likely to stop soon. The Russians have been hacking the US systems, that is, the government systems, corporate systems and personal systems from time to time[2]

Technological advancement

Technology is also another challenge that US will face in the next decade. Technological fields such as health care and agricultural, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence have the ability to change people’s lives positively and conversely can cause vulnerabilities, which are difficult to predict.

Furthermore, smart devices that are inserted into the autonomous vehicles and some other appliances used in homes are providing efficiency, energy conservation, and convenience. Nevertheless, security analysts have shown that most of the systems can pose a threat to privacy of data, integrity of data, or services continuity in the future intelligence services[3].

Artificial intelligence is another technological advancement that will pose a challenge to US intelligence. Artificial intelligence aims at performing special tasks, such as speech recognition. It also aims at replicating most aspects of human cognition, which will create proneness to cyber-attack, mass development of weapon and intelligence systems in other countries, increased accidents and unemployment cases[4].

Foreign Data Science is another area of technological advancement that is developing gradually. Some countries are reaching to the US research and they are making use of the social media to establish their own.

Militants’ threat

Militants also will be a great threat to security intelligence in the United States. Despite the al-Qaida in Iraq being reduced to fewer numbers, the group has been reemerging gradually. The militants will pose a great challenge to the US intelligence in the next decade.

Global terrorism

Intelligence experts in the US have agreed that combating terrorism is a great concern, as it is likely to pose a challenge in the next decade. Nick Rasmussen, who is the director of National Counterterrorism Center at the Director of the U.S. Intelligence, reported that the global terrorism has increased with a large margin. The global terrorism is being accelerated by the rise of the Islamic State, insurgent groups rising in Africa, reemergence of al-Qaida, radicalization in Europe and the increased danger of threats in the United States[5].

Climatic changes

Climate change is another predictable challenge to the intelligence experts in the US in the next decade. Climatic changes are likely to result in unpredictable instability caused by disruption of the economic resources. Highly populated areas will compete for the diminishing food and water resources and the governments will have a hard time managing their boundaries[6]. The climate change challenges are going to be one of the major causes of multiple national security issues.

Counterintelligence

The United States intelligence has been faced and will continue to encounter foreign intelligence threat. The leading countries that threaten the security intelligence of the US are Russia and China. The duo posse great capabilities and broad scope of operation. Other states such as East Asia and Latin America will lead to both regional and local intelligence challenges to the US security intelligence. Iranian and Cuban intelligence services primarily aims at influencing the United States national decision making intelligence group and hence will always pose challenges to the US intelligence.

 

Weapons of Mass Destruction Development

Many Nations and states will pose a great challenge to the US intelligence in their efforts to obtain or develop weapons, which can cause mass destruction. Their methods of acquiring the weapons or the technologies of making them poses a great danger  to the intelligence of the US[7]. Using chemical weapons in Syria by state and non-state individuals shows that the threat of weapons of mass destruction is present.

Counterspace and space

In the next few years, the adjustments in the space sector will emerge quickly due to the increased technological advancement and increased growth of the private sector. Space-enabled operations for instance weather; internet and imaging will increase use of space by other states governments and will expand in areas such as communications and reconnaissance for military purposes[8]. This will pose challenge to the US intelligence, which dominates the space-enabled operations.

Conclusion

Cyber-attacks, mass destruction weapons development, climate changes, counter intelligence and technological advancements remains the major challenges that will face the United States in the next decade. The intelligence body may continue facing the same problems if quick action is not taken to curb the challenges.

 

Bibliography

Jackson, R. J., & Towle, P. Temptations of power: The United States in global politics after 9/11. Basingstoke [England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Office of the director of national intelligence. (ODNI). The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America. Ft. Belvoir: Defense Technical Information Center, 2009.

United States. U.S. Army leadership handbook: Skills, tactics, and techniques for leading in any situation. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

Voeller, J. G. Wiley handbook of science and technology for homeland security. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011.

[1] Jackson, R. J., & Towle, P. Temptations of power: The United States in global politics after 9/11. Basingstoke [England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

[2] Office of the director of national intelligence. (ODNI) (2009). The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America. Ft. Belvoir: Defense Technical Information Center, 2009.

 

[3] United States. U.S. Army leadership handbook: Skills, tactics, and techniques for leading in any situation. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

[4] Voeller, J. G. Wiley handbook of science and technology for homeland security. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011.

 

[5] Voeller, J. G. Wiley handbook of science and technology for homeland security. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011.

[6] United States. U.S. Army leadership handbook: Skills, tactics, and techniques for leading in any situation. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

 

[7] United States. U.S. Army leadership handbook: Skills, tactics, and techniques for leading in any situation. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

[8] Office of the director of national intelligence. (ODNI) (2009). The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America. Ft. Belvoir: Defense Technical Information Center, 2009.

 

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