US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

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13 May, 2017

He wouldn't say how close Pyongyang is to being able to strike the USA mainland.

Coats also said that the Iraqi government would continue to face serious challenges to its stability and political viability, even as the threat from ISIS decreases as the effort to oust it from its major stronghold in the city of Mosul intensifies. The North's public claims suggest it could conduct its first flight of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year. Pyongyang's actions show "Kim does not intend to negotiate" an end to his weapons program "at any price".

The heads of six USA intelligence agencies reviewed a slew of national security challenges facing the United States, warning about deteriorating security in Afghanistan, China's rising challenge, and Russian and other countries' use of cyberspace to target the us and its allies. At the end of April, the USS Carl Vinson nuclear aircraft carrier task group arrived in the waters off the Korean Peninsula for a separate joint naval exercise with South Korea.

Unlike during his confirmation hearing, Coats on Thursday did not use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" - a favorite of President Donald Trump. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein countered, "It's time for the American people to understand".

"Nuclear device, processing enough fissile material for nuclear warheads and developing a wide range of missile technology - short, intermediate, long range missile technology".

Coats, a member of the committee when he was a senator from IN, said he attends daily intelligence briefings with Trump that tend to last at least 45 minutes.

Coats appeared before the committee along with other intelligence agency leaders, including Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

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But he said the USA doesn't know if Iran will eventually decide to try to build nuclear weapons. USA forces invaded after 9/11 to defeat al-Qaida and their Taliban hosts, and the Trump administration is now reviewing strategy and considering an augmentation of the current 8,500-strong US force.

The security situation in Afghanistan will continue to deteriorate and the Taliban will make ongoing gains, especially in rural areas.

Testifying beside Coats, the head of the military's Defense Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, said the state of the 15-year conflict will deteriorate from a stalemate in favor of the belligerents if left unchecked.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a Senate hearing on world wide threats against the United States, Dan Coats, former In senator and now the Director of National Intelligence, testified Thursday morning that Russia, China, and possibly even North Korea could target the USA with cyber attacks.

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Russian political interference is spreading to more countries around the world, in part because the Internet and social media have made such meddling cheaper, according to senior USA intelligence officials.


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