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Threat Assessment

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community's overview of global threats posed by  terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the months-long civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community's overview of global threats posed by terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the months-long civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global security threats. Clapper delivered the U.S. intelligence community’s overview of threats posed by terrorism, cyber attacks, weapons of mass destruction, the civil war in Syria and the unsettled situation in post-Arab Spring nations. Clapper told Congress that a less decentralized terrorist network has altered the threats while the Arab Spring uprising in the Middle East and North Africa has created new dangers for American interests in those regions. ap