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National Intelligence Director Clapper: ISIS ‘Most Significant’ Non-State Threat to U.S., Allies

National Intelligence Director Clapper: ISIS ‘Most Significant’ Non-State Threat to U.S., Allies

DIA Director James Clapper and Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart on Feb. 9, 2016 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. C-SPAN Image

National Intelligence director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart on Feb. 9, 2016 before the Senate Armed Services Committee. C-SPAN Image

The “most significant” threat to the United States and its allies from a non-state actor remains the Islamic State, the U.S. National Intelligence director told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, citing its continued successful recruitment of foreign fighters and establishment of affiliates in places such as Libya. Read More

NSA Director Rogers Talks About the Future of Encryption

NSA Director Rogers Talks About the Future of Encryption

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director, National Security Agency, chief, Central Security Service in 2015. US Navy Photo

Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director, National Security Agency, chief, Central Security Service in 2015. US Navy Photo

The director of the National Security Agency told the Atlantic Council last week arguing over encryption seems like “a waste of time to me” and doesn’t resolve the ongoing divide between privacy and security. Read More

Panel to HASC: ISIS Militants Will Be Difficult to Totally Defeat

Panel to HASC: ISIS Militants Will Be Difficult to Totally Defeat

Undated photo of ISIS militants

Undated photo of ISIS militants

Grinding the Islamic State “out of its holes will take longer . . . than taking Ramadi” or any city, such as Raqqa in Syria, or Mosul in Iraq, because ISIS fighters believe they “are surviving,” even if driven underground, Robert Ford, former ambassador to Syria, told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Read More

Council on Foreign Relations Panel Outlines Divisions in Syria Conflict

Council on Foreign Relations Panel Outlines Divisions in Syria Conflict

Bashar-Al-Assad

Bashar-Al-Assad

The path the United States has been on since 2011 to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad immediately from power is not working, but “tamping down the [civil] war” while working for a longer-range transitional government is no guarantee that such a shift in emphasis would led to the defeat of the Sunni-dominated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read More

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

Britain’s Anti-ISIS Strategy: More Air Strikes in Syria , No Ground Troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon conduct a joint news conference at the Pentagon Dec. 11, 2015. DoD Photo

Britain’s Minister of Defense detailed steps his government is taking to show it is “bringing the full force of the Royal Air Force to bear” on the Islamic State and that it is a nation planning to invest more than $265 billion on new military hardware over the next decade to remain a world power. Read More

Dunford on ISIS: ‘The Enemy Doesn’t Respect Borders and Neither Do We’

Dunford on ISIS: ‘The Enemy Doesn’t Respect Borders and Neither Do We’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2015. DoD Photo

Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2015. DoD Photo

In discussing the administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday told the House Armed Services Committee “the enemy doesn’t respect borders and neither do we.” Read More