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National Intelligence Council Report: Uncertain Future With Global Balance Shifts and Megatrends

The National Intelligence Council just published a 140 page report following a massive study of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies who consulted with the world’s greatest political leaders, thinkers, and researchers from over 14 countries. The conclusion: an uncertain future for not only the U.S. but the entire world due to a global balance shift and megatrends. The advance of technology, significantly depleting resources, and population growth over the next 18 years are moving at a velocity that even the greatest minds are having difficulty assessing

This year’s National Intelligence Council Report, titled “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” has gained massive attention. Highlighting the opportunities and dangers facing present economies, investors, world leaders, and nations, it predicts that four “megatrends” - including the end of U.S. global dominance, an increase of individuals gaining more power against states, governmental struggles to meet the demands of a rising middle class, and food, water, and energy shortages - threaten present and future conditions.

In the report, Council Chairman Christopher Kojm states: “We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures.” He went on to state that “game changers” and the “crisis-prone” global economic situation will greatly influence the impact of the megatrends. He also offered the goal of the report was to improve the “malleable” future for everyone and “encourage decision-makers, whether in government or outside, to think and plan for the long term so that the negative futures do not occur and positive ones have a better chance of unfolding.”

As the lead center for mid and long term strategic thinking within the U.S., the National Intelligence Council has operated since formation during 1979 as providers of unbiased analysis and assessments of economic, political, and global issues.

Read the report here.

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