China’s military buildup on disputed islands in the South China Sea is nearly finished and supports Beijing’s plan to rapidly project power in the region, according to new intelligence made public this week.
Top intelligence community official warned on Thursday that the United States is facing the highest terrorist threat level since the 9/11 terror attacks, citing a record breaking increase in the flow of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, as well as joint Iranian-North Korean plans to boost “attack capabilities” and other efforts by leading terror groups to increase their offensive capabilities.
The era of U.S. government policies designed to play down or dismiss growing strategic challenges from China seems to be ending.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that North Korea has “followed through” on its promise to restart a plutonium reactor, adding that the reactor has been operating long enough to recover spent fuel within weeks.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper expressed “huge concern” Wednesday that Islamic State militants will possibly infiltrate crowds of Syrian refugees fleeing to the West and thereby enter Europe or even the United States.