Addressing a Spectrum of Threats:
Interagency Challenges to Mitigating Threats and Safeguarding Liberties
by Harry Phillips
“In my judgment the most important political rules are:
never relax vigilance; expect nothing from the
magnanimity of others; never abandon a purpose until
it has become impossible, beyond doubt, to attain it;
hold the honor of the state as sacred. The time is
yours; what its fulfillment will be depends upon you.”
– Karl von Clausewitz
The relevance of Clausewitz’s admonition has never been more relevant to the security of the U.S. With myriad threats both overseas and at home, it is vital for national security efforts to encompass the spectrum of threats, both domestic and international. The realities of the modern, global security environment warrant incorporating complementary strategies for securing national security interests at home and abroad. This article explores the growing complexity of threats to U.S. international and domestic security interests as they relate to the need for integrated information sharing while simultaneously protecting the civil liberties of U.S. citizens.
U.S. national security interests face a wide range of threats both at home and abroad. Many of these threats overlap and interact with, as well as influence, each other. The activities of transnational organized crime groups, international drug trafficking organizations, terrorist groups, and homegrown violent extremists have the potential for intersecting in ways that undermine U.S. national security interests. Cyber events, terrorism, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities combine to challenge U.S. national security and law enforcement capabilities…
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| About the Author:
Lieutenant Colonel Harry V. Phillips, U.S. Army, Ret., is a former military intelligence officer who currently works for the FBI. He earned a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is the FBI’s Senior Intelligence Liaison to the Pennsylvania State Fusion Center.