Russia, China, Iran and North Korea ratcheting up threats against US, what we need to know

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During the next year and beyond, the United States will likely face a range of “most direct, serious threats,” according to the 2024 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). The report was released to the public, in an unclassified version, on March 11 and presented to senior congressional leaders in a series of classified briefings.

When serving in the Defense Intelligence Agency, I participated in the drafting and coordination of this type of highly classified report, and briefed its conclusions to senior Pentagon officials, congressional staffers, combatant commanders and war planners, as well as White House national security staff. Here’s my analytic rendition of the 41-page document, enhanced by my own intelligence expertise and direct experience with the process that involves 18 IC agencies. I’ve selected the threats that, in my professional judgment, present the gravest danger to the U.S. homeland.

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea 

China’s leader Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Kim Jong Un of North Korea (Getty Images)

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea remain America’s traditional long-term adversaries. While none of these countries has any intentions to launch an unprovoked

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