Security of Pakistans nuclear arsenal and peace and stability in South Asia are issues of near-term concern for the US,Director of National Intelligence-designate Dennis Blair,said on Thursday.
Managing the growing power and influence of China and India are among the key long-term challenge of the US intelligence and policymakers,he said. Testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in his nomination hearing,Blair identified several areas of near-term concern for the Obama administration.
If confirmed,Blair would replace Mike McConnell and would be responsible for overseeing as many as 16 American intelligence agencies.
They include North Koreas nuclear weapon and missile programmes,Irans nuclear capabilities and intentions,as well as its missile programme,the security of Pakistans arsenal,and peace and stability in South Asia, Blair said. They include Israeli-Palestinian violence,with its possibilities for escalation and implications for regional security, he said.
Blair said the US is engaged in three campaigns,which pose immediate threat to it the campaign against anti-American terrorists with global reach,the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Afghanistan where the US has deployed troops.
Blair said the intelligence community also needs to understand the long-term geopolitical challenges. How the United States adjusts to and manages the growing power and influence of China and India and key countries in the developing world is a major long-term challenge for policy makers, he said.