The committee received testimony from Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, NSA Director Michael Rogers, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu on Saturday, killing seven people including six soldiers. "Afghan national security forces face unsteady performance, but with coalition support, probably will maintain control of most major population centers", the director said. "It is the finest group of professionals and public servants I could hope to work for, and every day, many times a day, I'm confronted with unbelievable examples of integrity, professionalism and grit", Wray said.
"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", Trump tweeted on January 1. While they have historically tried to do these types of things, clearly in 2016 they upped their game. I think they're going to look askance a lot more at the information that's attempted to be passed in social media ... "They are doing that not only in the United States but doing it throughout Europe and perhaps elsewhere".
US intelligence agencies concluded past year that Moscow sought to influence the 2016 presidential campaign in favor of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Russian Federation denies the allegations, and President Donald Trump has called the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe a witch hunt.
Coats added that Americans need to be vocal about resisting Russian operations to influence American politics and the social fabric of the country. "We also assess that Iran will continue to develop military capabilities that threaten USA forces and USA allies in the region", he added.
"The American people are smart people", he said.
Previously, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared: "I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt as well".
Russian Federation is likely to continue to pursue cyberactions against the U.S.
The White House has received criticism for being slow to enact sanctions against Russian Federation and Trump's vocal support of closer ties with the Kremlin. He hasn't even tweeted a single concern. King observed. "We're trying to fight a global battle with our hands tied behind our back".
"We will continue to work toward conclusions related to any cooperation or collusion by any individual, campaign, or company to influence the election or create societal chaos in the United States", he said.
He said that the nation can expect to see North Korea press ahead with additional nuclear tests, including an atmospheric nuclear test over the pacific. They have started to look askance at social media and attempts to influence their opinion, he said.