2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community [Havana Syndrome]

“This report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced, independent, and unvarnished intelligence that policymakers, warfighters, and domestic law enforcement personnel need to protect American lives and America’s interests anywhere in the world.”

2022 Annual Threat Assessment

ODNI (March 8 2022)

March 9 2022 — Yesterday, the ODNI released the 2022 U.S. Intelligence Community’s unclassified Annual Threat Assessment. The report contains one section about the Havana Syndrome, which repeats and confirms recent findings. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The foreword of the report — written before the invasion of Ukraine — is quite blunt.

“In the coming year, the United States and its allies will face an increasingly complex and interconnected global security environment marked by the growing specter of great power competition and conflict, while collective, transnational threats to all nations and actors compete for our attention and finite resources. These challenges will play out amidst the continued global disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, contention over global efforts to deal with a changing climate, increasingly powerful non-state actors, and rapidly evolving technology, all within the context of an evolving world order where the continued diffusion of power is leading actors to reassess their place and capabilities in an increasingly multipolar world.”

The section about the Havana Syndrome [ANOMALOUS HEALTH INCIDENTS] reads:

We continue to closely examine Anomalous Health Incidents (AHIs) and ensure appropriate care for those affected.

IC agencies assess with varying levels of confidence that most reported health incidents can be explained by medical conditions, or environmental or technical factors and that it is unlikely that a foreign actor — including Russia — is conducting a sustained, worldwide campaign involving hundreds of incidents without detection.

This finding does not change the fact that U.S. personnel are reporting real experiences, nor does it explain every report.

The IC continues to actively investigate the AHI issue, focusing particularly on a subset of priority cases for which it has not ruled out any cause, including the possibility that one or more foreign actors were involved.

REFERENCES

2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community — ODNI Website

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2022 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community [Havana Syndrome]

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