The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland

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John Bennett
Former Director, CIA National Clandestine Service

As part of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment this week, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that “Global jihadists in dozens of groups and countries threaten local and regional U.S. interests, despite having experienced some significant setbacks in recent years, and some of these groups will remain intent on striking the U.S. homeland.  Prominent jihadist ideologues and media platforms continue to call for and justify efforts to attack the U.S. homeland.”

The Cipher Brief is bringing you a range of expert perspectives this week on the global terrorist threat.  We asked Cipher Brief Expert and former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, John Bennett, a range of questions about how he sees today’s terror threat.

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The Author is John Bennett

John Bennett retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2013 after a 33 years of service. His senior assignments included:  Director, National Clandestine Service, Deputy Director, NCS for Community Humint, Chief, Special Activities Division and Deputy Chief, Africa Division. Mr. Bennett served 18 years overseas, mostly in Africa, including four tours as a Chief of Station. He engaged in Cold War programs directed against Libya and Angola, managed counter-terrorism operations in... Read More

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