STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD
WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT OF THE US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
January 29, 2019
Issues as diverse as Iran’s adversarial behavior, deepening turbulence in Afghanistan, and the rise of nationalism in Europe all will stoke tensions.
Our adversaries and strategic competitors will increasingly use cyber capabilities—including cyber espionage, attack, and influence—to seek political, economic, and military advantage over the United States and its allies and partners. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways—to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure.
Iran continues to present a…