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Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

According to Defense One, Coats spoke to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and talked about the growing number of threats facing the homeland and potentially shrinking the agencies that handle them.

Coats's 26-page statement offered an overview of myriad challenges facing the US, from high-profile concerns such as the actions of Russia, China and North Korea, to more amorphous threats like those posed by slowing global economic growth, the rise of artificial intelligence and the possibility of USA adversaries exploiting genome-editing. Among those options is one to reportedly send between 3,000 and 5,000 US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops to the country to participate in the training of the Afghan security forces. President Donald Trump has promised to cut excess spending as he tries to clean up the budget and decrease the deficit.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, also testifying, said that China has been exerting pressure on North Korea "in a way that they have not made before" and has significantly cut coal imports from the country.

They included Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA director Mike Pompeo and acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, who was newly installed after Trump fired the agency's chief James Comey this week.

"It's clear that we have assessed this as a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed", he said. He recommended that USA forces train with Afghan forces down the chain of command to the corps level, and that the Afghan security forces learn to make better use of intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance (ISR) and air support.

He said: "The intelligence suggests we're going to need more to shake free this terribly challenging problem".

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Calling North Korea "an increasingly grave national security threat" to the US, Coats said Pyongyang had taken "initial steps" toward fielding a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, Xinhua news agency reported. The performance of Afghan national security forces will worsen due to weak military leadership, desertions and combat casualties, he predicted.

"Kabul's political dysfunction and ineffectiveness will nearly certainly be the greatest vulnerability to stability in 2017", he wrote in a 26-page statement summarizing the yearly joint report to Congress by the nation's intelligence agencies delivered ahead of his committee appearance.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a Senate hearing on world wide threats against the United States, Dan Coats, former In senator and now the Director of National Intelligence, testified Thursday morning that Russia, China, and possibly even North Korea could target the US with cyber attacks. -Chinese agreement addressing cybertheft.

'We judge that Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them'. But much of the attention turned to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, making his first public appearance in that role since Trump fired James Comey on Tuesday.

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