In the past decade, the United States has witnessed a shift in the nature of the threat from “known” enemies of the past such as the Soviet Union to an “unknown” adversary employing an asymmetric strategy as they wage fourth generation warfare against any nation who opposes their will. This new threat paradigm presents a complex environment with emerging threats that are difficult to predict. In order to identify the threat, the intelligence community has developed indicators that provide warning of the possible attack. I believe that the three significant issues confronting the intelligence community is the threat posed by terrorists, illicit drug trade, and computer network warfare.
The world’s communities have become victim to terrorist attacks stemming from violent Islamic extremist ideology. The detrimental effects from these adversaries are felt throughout the various nations from the United States to Russia. Terrorist attacks such as the 9/11 World Trade bombings, Beslan School Crisis, 7/7 London Bombings, and 2004 Madrid Train bombings are examples of the far-reaching nature of Islamic terrorists and the threat that they pose to the civilized societies of the world. Therefore, in the future this common enemy will require greater cooperation in order to identify and interdict these emergent threats and prevent the potential destabilization of establishment governments and further proliferation of extremist ideologies.
The drug trade is a contributing factor to the funding of terrorism and organized criminal organizations that threaten the fabric of society and advances the condition of failing or failed nations such as Mexico, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and Burma. The lure of huge profits, poor economy, and poverty combined with the unrelenting demand continue to exacerbate the problem caused by drug trafficking organizations and their facilitators. This lucrative business has threatened to
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