The U.S. Intelligence Community Looks Ahead With Anxiety

A U.S. Army medic fills syringes with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in North Miami, Fla., March 3, 2021 (AP photo by Marta Lavandier).
A U.S. Army medic fills syringes with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in North Miami, Fla., March 3, 2021 (AP photo by Marta Lavandier).

Every four years, the U.S. intelligence community, led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, publishes its Global Trends report looking ahead 20 years into the future. As efforts to identify far-horizon threats today, the reports usually make for fairly gloomy reading. This year’s “Global Trends 2040” report is no exception. It describes the ongoing pandemic as “the most significant, singular global disruption since World War II, with health, economic, political and security implications that will ripple for years to come.” Worse still, it warns of “more intense and cascading global challenges” ahead. Though he is not cited […]

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