Doug Bedell — October 26, 2020, 12:00 pm

It’s an Edgy Time for National Security


The Department of Homeland Security has issued an assessment of threats to U.S. national security and there are seven clusters of them, too many, actually.

Here’s the categories:

1. Cyber Threat to the Homeland – Based in our computers and information technology.
2. Foreign Influence Activity – “Russia remains the number one threat to US democracy as actors continue to use disinformation campaigns to undermine confidence in US institutions, the election, and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
3. Threats to U.S. Economic Security -The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted US supply-chains, ” leaving trade lines, academic institutions, and information and communications industries vulnerable to Russian and Chinese infiltration.”
4. Terrorist Threat – “While foreign terrorists remain a very real threat, lone wolf terrorism and homegrown violent extremists currently pose the most prominent threat to national security…”
5. Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) Threats to National Security – “Mexico remains the primary source of TCO threats, trafficking drugs and humans across the borders, even though the rates have slowed since COVID-19.”
6. Illegal Immigration – “The pandemic and resulting travel restrictions have led to an influx of illegal immigration via land and sea, as well as human trafficking. While illegal immigration does not equate to a national security threat, there are plenty of opportunities for exploitation on both sides of heavily-traveled migration routes.”
7. Natural Disasters – We’ve been going through an “overactive natural disaster season (particularly wildfires and hurricanes) has complicated response efforts, causing DHS to reevaluate its role in the recovery process.”

Feeling stressed enough?

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