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The National Security Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic


The Cipher Brief

The National Security Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic

This creates glaring blind spots for ongoing counterterrorism and law enforcement cases. Transnational criminal and terrorist groups are not ...

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Bottom Line Up Front


  • Threats to national security have not receded as a result of the coronavirus and many have only grown more acute with resources now shifted to respond to the pandemic.
  • ‘Social Distancing,’ while a necessary medical mitigation tactic intended to slow the rate of infection, is anathema to security missions such as cultivating HUMINT sources, maintaining troop readiness, or handling emergency response calls.


  • As more businesses move their operations online, there could be an uptick in cybercrime or ransomware attacks with terrorists and criminals seeking to exploit the coronavirus crisis.
  • The intelligence community was aware of the pandemic months ago and repeated warnings went unheeded; it will be critical for the United States to learn important lessons from this situation and adapt accordingly.

Read more: https://www.thecipherbrief.com/column/soufan-center/the-national-security-implications-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic