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DHS Homeland Threat Assessment highlights key risks

The US Department of Homeland Security has published its 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), which brings together threat information from across the DHS, including intelligence and operational components.

Key points from the report include:

  • Cyber threats to the US from both nation-states and non-state actors will remain acute – and are set to grow;
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new opportunities for the United States’ economic competitors to exploit the American people;
  • China, Russia, and Iran may seek to use cyber capabilities to compromise or disrupt critical infrastructure used to support the 2020 elections and may also use influence measures in an attempt to sway the preferences and perceptions of US voters;
  • Ideologically motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the US homeland, with domestic violent extremists presenting the most persistent and lethal threat;
  • Transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) will continue to be an acute and devastating threat undermining public health and safety in the Homeland and posing a significant threat to US national security with Mexico-based cartels posing the greatest TCO threat;
  • The duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and within Central and South America and the Caribbean will shape migration to the United States’ Southwest Border, exacerbating the underlying economic and political conditions in the region. As COVID-19-related restrictions on mobility ease, the DHS expects to see increased migration flow to pre-pandemic levels; and,
  • Natural disasters continue to pose a threat to the life and safety of Americans while also impacting local and national economies.

Read the report.

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