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Intelligence After Next: Meeting the China Challenge—Key Focus Areas for the Intelligence Community

By Margaret Stromecki

2023 NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY

Goal 1: Position the IC for Intensifying Strategic Competition

The Intelligence Community is not positioned to tackle full-spectrum competition with the People's Republic of China. It must broaden capabilities in key areas and reorient to a whole-of-government approach. We have identified five focus areas requiring urgent attention, resources, and leadership.

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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is posing a complex and dynamic challenge to the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Community must be prepared to support decision makers and warfighters along the competition spectrum, from low-scale tension to hot conflict; however, it is not positioned optimally to tackle the full spectrum of competition with the PRC. It must broaden capabilities in key areas and reorient its approach toward the whole of government, efforts that will increasingly push it toward the open-source world and greater transparency with government partners.

We have identified five focus areas requiring urgent attention, resources, and top-level government leadership engagement. These include: economic and technological conflict; global influence projection, foundational knowledge; supply chain threats; and intelligence advantage.

Read more research and analysis for the Intelligence Community in our Intelligence After Next paper series.

About Intelligence After Next:

MITRE strives to stimulate thought, dialogue, and action for national security leaders developing the plans, policy, and programs to guide the nation. This series of original papers is focused on the issues, policies, capabilities, and concerns of the Intelligence Community’s workforce as it prepares for the future. Our intent is to share our unique insights and perspectives surrounding a significant national security concern, a persistent or emerging threat, or to detail the integrated solutions and enabling technologies needed to ensure the success of the Intelligence Community.

MITRE has published more than 20 Intelligence After Next papers since 2020. Read them here.

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