Annual Senate Hearing on Worldwide Treats: China ‘Most Consequential’ Threat

March 8, 2023
United States Capitol building

… the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] represents both the leading and most consequential threat to U.S. national security and leadership globally …

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Wednesday as she testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee during its annual hearing examining worldwide threats.

Big Picture: Haines testified alongside other leaders in the intelligence community, including the CIA Director William Burns and FBI Director Christopher Wray, and discussed the intelligence community's assessment of current worldwide threats. These threats include China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Climate Change and Environmental Degradation, and Health Security. The leaders will testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday to discuss the same topics.

Why It Matters: As the leaders share the U.S.' priorities regarding national security this week and answer questions from members of the Senate and House, CBS News explains these hearings "offer a rare opportunity for lawmakers and the public to hear directly from intelligence leaders, whose agencies do not offer regular press briefings and whose activities and budgets are partly or mostly classified."

Watch the full hearing HERE

Read the "Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community" HERE

China "most consequential threat" to U.S. national security, top intelligence official says (CBS News)

by Jenna Lee,