The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's National Intelligence Council has released Global Trends 2040, which examines potential future threats to global security. The latest edition of report, produced by the council every four years since 1997, examines a variety of long-term concerns through three sections: Structural Forces, Emerging Dynamics, and Scenarios for 2040.
The report identified a variety of concerns, including those related to the current pandemic, climate change, and cybersecurity, that could affect global security in the next two decades. The report cited "cyber activity targeting civilian and military infrastructure, and a confusing disinformation environment" among future threats and also noted increasing global temperatures are "likely to create the atmospheric conditions for more intense and in some cases, more frequent natural disasters, including stronger hurricane-strength storms, coastal flooding, storm surges, and droughts." Read the report at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.