Prepared Testimony by the Director of National Intelligence J. Michael McConnell Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Hearing: Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

February 7, 2008

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Chemical
  • Biological

Related Country: 

  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela

You will see from the testimony that many of the key 
topics I touch on are not traditional “national security” topics. Globalization has broadened the number of threats and challenges facing the United States. For example, as government, private sector, and personal activities continue to move to networked operations and our digital systems add ever more capabilities, our vulnerability to penetration and other hostile cyber actions grows. The nation, as I indicated last year, requires more from our Intelligence Community than ever before and consequently we need to do our business better, both internally, through greater collaboration across disciplines and externally, by engaging more of the expertise available outside the Intelligence Community.