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Special report: Global threats multiply

Illustration of multiple global threats including Vladimir Putin, missiles, cyber terrorism, gun violence, and polluting smoke stacks
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Officials who have held America’s top national security positions tell "Axios on HBO" that the nation has never before faced such a tangled web of threats.

The bottom line: They worry about the government's capacity to confront them.

Russia and China form a front

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, in front of two flags
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Photo: Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool/Getty Images

Security officials increasingly view Russia and China — separately and together — as a threat to U.S. security.

Between the lines: “What I consider two of our strongest adversaries are now working together to try to undermine stability in the United States of America,” former CIA director and Defense secretary Leon Panetta says. “This is not like dealing with some kind of rogue nation."