Congressional Testimonies

Congressional Testimonies

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director Bill Evanina's February 25, 2016 Statement for the Record before the Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Security Clearance reform.

Chairman Nunes, Ranking Member Schiff, Members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to offer the United States Intelligence Community’s 2016 assessment of threats to US national security. My statement reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community’s extraordinary men and women, whom I am privileged and honored to lead.

Chairman McCain and ranking member reed and distinguished members of the committee, first thank you both for your acknowledgment of my service. General Stewart and I are here today to update you on some, but certainly not all, of the pressing intelligence national security issues facing our nation.

Chairman McCain, Vice Chairman Reed, Members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to offer the United States Intelligence Community’s 2016 assessment of threats to US national security. My statement reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community’s extraordinary men and women, whom I am privileged and honored to lead.

With the fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks several weeks behind us, it’s clear that we’ve had great success at substantially reducing the chances of that kind of attack recurring. We’ve done that not only with aggressive CT action against core al-Qa’ida in South Asia and around the world but also through the array of defenses we’ve erected as a country. The counterterrorism and homeland security infrastructure that exists gives us much greater defense, disruption, and mitigation capabilities that we did not have at the time of those attacks.