Intelligence on China Inadequate, House Report Says

Report recommends fundamental changes.

According to a summary of its report issued Wednesday, a House Intelligence Committee concludes that American intelligence agencies are failing to meet the multipronged challenge posted by China. The report calls for changes to focus on pandemics, trade, and other issues that are often given less attention by the intelligence professionals.

Most of the report is classified, but it portrays the $85 billion-a-year U.S. intelligence community as overly focused on traditional targets such as terrorism and adversaries’ militaries. Pandemics, as evidenced by the coronavirus, and China’s technological prowess in areas like artificial intelligence present an equal threat, the report says.

The 200-page report recommends fundamental changes in the way intelligence agencies operate. They want to see greater support to the Commerce Department, the National Science Foundation, public health organizations, and other agencies outside the usual national security bureaucracy.

“Absent a significant and immediate reprioritization and realignment of resources, we will be ill-prepared to compete with China—diplomatically, economically, and militarily—on the global stage for decades to come,“ the committee’s chairman, Representative Adam Schiff of California, said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and the leaders of the various intelligence agencies of the U.S. to have wisdom in dealing with the recommendations of the House report.
  • For the intelligence agencies as they seek to keep pace with technological and political strides made by China and other nations.
  • For U.S. officials as they address threats that exist as a result of China’s ongoing military build-up and technological advances.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Politico


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