What are the Top National Security Challenges Facing the United States in 2017?

One on the major news stories dominating headlines right now is Russia's alleged interference with the 2016 Presidential Election. The United States government publicly announced that it was "confident" Russia orchestrated the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations of the Democratic Party.

The Central Intelligence Agency announced that Russia's hacks were aimed at helping President-Elect Donald Trump win the election, a claim Trump is skeptic of.

This is not the only national security issue the US is dealing with. According to Ryan Vogel, Director of National Security Studies at Utah Valley University, 2017 may present even greater national security challenges.

Today, on Good Morning Utah, Vogel discussed a wide range of complex and challenging issues the U.S. will be faced with this year, including:

A deteriorating situation with North Korea, in which Kim Jong Un has resolved to continue its nuclear program and test new ICBM missile technology.
 
A tense situation with Russia after the intelligence community concluded that it had interfered in the U.S. election, that it had committed war crimes in Syria, and after the U.S. expelled over twenty Russian diplomats from the United States.
 
A persistent terrorist threat - both from established terror groups like ISIS and al-Qa'ida and from lone wolf and small groups inspired by such groups, and both domestically and internationally.
 
A worsening cybersecurity front, where governments, criminal groups, and individuals hack public and private entities and cost billions of dollars in damages.
 
A precarious relationship with China - especially with an incoming Administration that has chosen to take on the rising power on a variety of fronts.
 
A number of persistent civil wars and failed states that have caused refugee crises and given haven to extremist groups hostile to the United States.
 
The worsening effects of climate change.
 
An fragile economic environment, where interconnectedness and drastic political change across the world could lead to panic and recession.
 
Utah Valley University offers a wide-range of national security classes. If you want to learn more about them, or to connect with Professor Vogel, click here.
 

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