Critical Threats

Critical Impact On U.S. Interests

The following conflicts are likely to trigger U.S. military involvement or threatens the supply of critical U.S. strategic resources.

 

Taliban In Afghanistan

Region: Asia & Pacific
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical
Conflict Status: Worsening
Type Of Conflict: Civil War
8,400 Number Of U.S. Troops Remaining
12,930 Number Of NATO Troops Remaining
$17 Billion U.S. Foreign Aid Dispersed

 

Civil War In Syria

Region: Middle East & North Africa
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical 
Conflict Status: Worsening 
Type Of Conflict: Civil War 
300 – 500 Approximate Number Of U.S. Special Operation Troops
20,000 – 31,500 Estimated Size Of Islamic State Fighters In Syria 
4,957,907 Estimated Number Of Registered Syrian Refugees 

 

Territorial Disputes In The South China Sea

Region: Asia & Pacific 
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical 
Conflict Status: Worsening 
Type Of Conflict: Territorial Dispute 
11 Billion Estimated Barrels Of Oil In The South China Sea 
190 Trillion Estimated Number Of Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas In The South China Sea 
$5.3 Trillion Total Annual Trade Passing Through The South China Sea 

 

 

Tensions In The East China Sea

 

Region: Asia & Pacific 
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical 
Conflict Status: Unchanging 
Type Of Conflict: Territorial Dispute 
81,000 Sq. Miles Total Area Of Disputed Maritime Boundary
Number of Disputed Island In The East China Sea 
200 Million Estimated Barrels Of Oil Reserves In The East China Sea 

 

North Korea Crisis

Region: Asia & Pacific 
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical 
Conflict Status: Worsening 
Type Of Conflict: Interstate 
10 – 16 Estimated Number Of Nuclear Weapons 
Over 100 Estimated Number Of State Officials Executed Under Kim Jong Un 
28,500 Number Of U.S. Troops In South Korea 

 

War Against Islamic State In Iraq

 

7,248 Estimated Number Of U.S. Strikes Against Islamic State Targets In Iraq 
3.2 Million Estimated Number Of Displaced People Since January 2014 

 

Civil War In Libya

Region: Middle East & North Africa 
Impact On U.S. Interests: Critical 
Conflict Status: Unchanging 
Type Of Conflict: Civil War 
5,000 – 8,000  Estimated Number Of Islamic State Fighters In Libya 
434,869 Estimated Number Of Internally Displaced Persons 
Asnar Al-Sharia ISLAMIC STATE Terrorist Groups