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National Intelligence Council

Why We Should Reduce the Defense Budget

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The NIC report indicates that we're rapidly moving towards a quadripartite world governed by the U.S., China, India, and the European Community. In such a world, it makes no sense for America to shoulder most of the responsibility for policing the world.

The Future Is Coming: What's the U.S. Plan?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The future is arriving faster than expected. According to a report by the National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2030, 17 years from now the world will be remarkably different. How does America plan to deal with this change?

4 Grand Challenges to Energy, Food and Water

Manish Bapna | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Manish Bapna

Global growth will likely increase the demand for food, water, and energy by 35, 40, and 50 percent, respectively, by 2030. Add continued climate change to the equation, and the struggle for resources only becomes more intense.

Fewer Swords, More Plowshares: A Marine Rethinks Defense (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

I asked Col. Mykleby about issues facing President Obama in his second term. The resulting interview is long but well worth reading. It offers a fresh approach to national security from someone who has served at the highest levels of the U.S. military. I'll post it in two parts.

The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Every few years the National Intelligence Council has produced a document it calls serially Global Trends [fill in the future year]. The latest edition, out just in time for Barack Obama's second term, is Global Trends 2030.

2012: The Year the World Moved

Tom Silva | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Silva

As we look at prognostications about the economy and politics of 2030, is it possible that the axis of global culture is also moving to other places, or at least will be more evenly distributed in the decades to come?

Changing Global Dynamics

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 02.27.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

Though tricky to define and even more challenging to measure, there's no denying that power is a fundamental driver of country behavior in the international political system. And measuring material power in today's geo-political space will only continue to shift.

Oil and Gas in the Crystal Ball

William S. Becker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

For those of us concerned about the future of the U.S. in an era of global climate change and international competition over diminishing natural resources, the new report from the National Intelligence Council contains goods news and bad news.

America Won't Be The World's Greatest Economic Power For Much Longer

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

* China's economy to overtake U.S. by 2030 * U.S. expected to remain global superpower By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Chi...

The CIA And WMDs: A Discussion Of The Damning Evidence

The New York Review of Books | Fulton Armstrong, reply by Thomas Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following letter, by a former US intelligence officer, was sent in response to Thomas Powers's review of Robert Jervis's Why Intelligence Fails: L...

Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy: Guess Who Is Small Now?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Even a Roosevelt, a Kennedy or Reagan would have to deal with the reality that is facing Obama, in which domestic resistance and rising global challenges make it difficult for Washington to secure its military and economic hegemony.

Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Vision, in Need of Corrective Lenses

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

The fact that economies in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere have grown since 1945 is not a sign of American decline. It's a testament to US leadership.

The Charles Freeman Debacle

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Freeman may be gone, but the rancor left behind by the gutting of his nomination will not go away quickly.

Freeman On Resignation: "S--- Happens"

Marc Aminder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Monday I recorded an episode of blogging heads with Brian Beutler on the subject of Charles Freeman. I took the position that, since Freeman had ma...

Chas Freeman Out: Intel Chair Withdraws

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia resigned Tuesday from his new post as chairman of the National Intelligence Council following c...

Obama Intel Chief Wants National ID System

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley Rindsberg

Freeman remarked that of 3 major changes to effectively combat terror, one was that "the United States should implement a national identity system, so we better know who is who."

Joe Klein Defends Chas Freeman Against "Rabid" Jewish Opposition

Time | Joe Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I've been loathe to join the argument about whether the veteran diplomat Chas Freeman should be hired to lead the National Intelligence Council. I don...

The Crusade to Defeat Obama Intelligence Pick Hurts All Jews

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The effort to force Obama to withdraw the nomination of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council is all about Israel.

The Intelligence Community and Obama's Future

Scott Malcomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Malcomson

One big question for the Obama years is whether our Western story can keep its coherence-- whether the affective decoupling of Europe and America under Bush was or was not a result of deep trends.

Uncomfortable Thanksgiving: Obama, Prop 8, and My Marriage

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

This year the fear and bigotry that animated Proposition 8 in California has made this a strange Thanksgiving.

US Intelligence Report: Internal Fighting Will Make European Union A "Hobbled Giant" By 2025

United Press International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Internal fighting is likely to make the European Union a "hobbled giant" by 2025, a U.S. intelligence report predicts. The National Intelligence Cou...

Intelligence Report: Say Farewell To American Supremacy

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Global warming could be a boon to Russia, a European country could be overrun by organized crime and the U.S. and its dollar could ...

Intelligence Report: US Can No Longer 'Call The Shots Alone'

Guardian | Julian Borger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States' leading intelligence organisation has warned that the world is entering an increasingly unstable and unpredictable period in which ...