China Officially ‘Enemy Number 1’ In Annual US Threat Assessment Report

On April 13th, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released [pdf] its annual threat assessment report.

The report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced, independent, and unvarnished intelligence that policymakers, warfighters, and domestic law enforcement personnel need to protect American lives and America’s interests anywhere in the world.

“This assessment focuses on the most direct, serious threats to the United States during the next year. The order of the topics presented in this assessment does not necessarily indicate their relative importance or the magnitude of the threats in the view of the IC. All require a robust intelligence response, including those where a near-term focus may help head off greater threats in the future, such as climate change and environmental degradation.”

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Earlier this week, in response to an escalating dispute in the area between China and the Philippines, the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea.
The move coincided with the U.S. and the Philippines planning military exercises, which are to last two weeks and are known as “Balikatan” (Shoulder-to-Shoulder).
One Chinese aircraft carrier, in turn, has also reportedly entered the area.
Now, there’s a report that China has “simulated an attack” on the U.S. aircraft carrier that’s in the area, one which triggered Taiwan’s air defense radars.
The report from Newsweek …

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