The Strategic Value of Intelligence to Confront 21st-Century Threats

The biggest threat facing the United States, amidst vastly changed security structures, is miscalculation. The U.S. has an ability to leverage away from that miscalculation: first, with an aggressive diplomatic core that is engaged everywhere in the world, all the time; and second, with good intelligence. Ongoing threats to security, and ones to which the intelligence must be able to respond, include Russia’s aggression, China’s military and espionage expansion, and North Korea’s nuclear program. While the U.S. does have the advantage of smart weapons, smart ships, and smart aircraft, it will need to avoid restricting strategic intelligence efforts.

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