Annually, the Director of National Intelligence testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss the current and potential threats to United States' security and priorities for the Department of Defense budget. The assessment usually covers terrorism threats, cyber attacks, counterintelligence, proliferation, mass atrocities, regional and country-by-country threats, and other state and non state intelligence threats such as health threats, water security and transnational crime.
In 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper named the threat of intelligence leaks as a top threat to U.S. security, above terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation. In 2013, Clapper discussed the effects of sequestration on the intelligence community and listed cybersecurity as the top threat to U.S. security. In 2012, Clapper stated regarding Iran, "The 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States shows that some Iranian officials—probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime. We are also concerned about Iranian plotting against US or allied interests overseas."