The U.S. Office of the National Intelligence Director has released the 2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the Intelligence Community, drawing from the findings of national and international intelligence agencies.
The report outlined top global threats in 2022, including the risks posed to the U.S. by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. In addition to in-depth analyses of foreign developments, the report discusses COVID-19 and health security, as well as the effects of climate change in the United States.
Intelligence officials highlighted additional transnational concerns facing the global stage in the report, naming many as top priorities to U.S. national interest. Among the transnational threats was technology innovation, which has driven economic development around the world. The report noted the disruptive nature of new technology, saying, “As with any disruption, some will thrive whereas others will struggle, potentially facing increasing inequalities and imbalances.”
The threats posed by new technology, according to the report, include compromising military communications, the wide availability of low-cost cyber tools and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and the growing use of long range and high accuracy military-grade weapons.
Transnational organized crime also represents a threat to national security, highlights the report. Human trafficking, illicit drugs, financial crime and cybercrime are the top risks involved with international crime. From mitigating ransomware to preventing human trafficking, security leaders can target these top transnational threats as they develop enterprise security plans.
Among the other transnational threats outlined by the report were migration and global terrorism. Migration, as a result of transnational conflict, has risen to the forefront of international conversation since the report was released, with the evacuations caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
For more insights, download the intelligence report here.