Intel chiefs, POTUS diverge on threats; More troops to border; UAE hackers target US; Inside Stratcom’s new HQ; And a bit more. – Defense One

“North Korea is still committed to developing nuclear missiles,” Tucker writes off the hearing. “ISIS, though weakened, still commands thousands of fighters. China’s reach into the global telecommunications industry presents an intelligence and security concern. Russia continues to sow disinformation to undermine the United States and its allies.”On issue after issue, the intel chiefs laid out conclusions at odds with their boss. “North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival,” Coates wrote in his written testimony. The intelligence community “continues to assess that it is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities.” This contradicts Trump’s much more optimistic proclamations, which have ranged from June 2018’s “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” to his Wednesday morning response: “…Decent chance of Denuclearization.”Haspel: Iran is still complying with the 2015 nuclear deal that Trump pulled out of, though she said her analysts see some chance of that changing. POTUS, this morning: “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!”On ISIS: “Officials also warned that the Islamic State was capable of attacking the United States and painted a picture of a still-formidable organization. Trump has declared the group defeated and has said he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as a result,” as the Washington Post put it. Trump today: “Caliphate will soon be destroyed.”

Source: Intel chiefs, POTUS diverge on threats; More troops to border; UAE hackers target US; Inside Stratcom’s new HQ; And a bit more. – Defense One

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