Report addresses cyber, terror threats

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a report warning of myriad cybersecurity and terrorism threats to the United States. The report, Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report, is a product of former 9/11 Commissioners.

According to the commissioners, the U.S. fight against terrorism has entered “a new and dangerous phase,” with Al Qaeda-affiliated groups gaining strength throughout the Middle East. The report also cites foreign fighters returning from Syria and Iraq, resistance to counterterrorism reform among members of Congress, and “counterterrorism fatigue” among U.S. citizens as growing concerns. On the cyber front, the commissioners assert that cyber readiness lags far behind the threat, saying that the U.S. is “at September 10th levels in terms of cyber preparedness.”

Proactive counterterrorism measures are needed to deter these threats, and the commissioners make many recommendations in this report. Included in their recommendations are the sustainment of counterterrorism authorities and budgets, increased transparency with the American public, and Congressional legislation to address and counter cyber threats.

The commissioners also recommend that future Directors of National Intelligence should focus on coordinating the efforts of the various intelligence agencies and advancing interagency information sharing, especially counterterrorism information sharing throughout the Intelligence Community.

9-11 Comission Report - July 2014

For more information about the report, please follow the links below.
Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report (full report), The Bipartisan Policy Center
Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report (one page summary), The Bipartisan Policy Center


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