U.S. defense intel chief says North Korea ‘hardest intelligence collection target’

The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that North Korea is still “a critical threat to the United States and our allies in Northeast Asia.” Ashley further noted in testimony that North Korea was the “hardest intelligence target” for the U.S. In addition, the [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.