The acknowledgment came as the Biden administration faces heavy criticism over its handling of the withdrawal of American-led forces from Afghanistan.
American intelligence agencies are tapping outside expertise as they wrestle with mysteries that are as much about science as they are about espionage.
The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.
Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.
Officials said that China’s push for global power posed a threat to the United States, and they dwelled on climate change, domestic extremism and more.
A threat assessment report puts China’s push for “global power” first on the list of threats, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Why do members of the political elite insist that they’re not?
Morgan Muir, who had led Mr. Biden’s first briefings in the early days of the administration, will oversee the assembly of the written President’s Daily Brief, among other responsibilities.
Senator Mark Warner, the committee’s new chairman, said he hoped to lead a bipartisan investigation of the groups, their overseas ties and amplification of their message by foreign powers.
The new intelligence chief wanted a briefer with experience and an apolitical record. She chose Morgan Muir, perhaps the first time a former White House briefer has returned to the post.
The order for the evaluation from the intelligence community comes as judges continue to deny bail for suspects in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.
Avril Haines, who has been nominated to be director of national intelligence, told senators that she would assist with a public written assessment of the threat from QAnon.
The unusual move underscores the deep mistrust of Trump loyalists among Biden transition officials even hours before the inauguration.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Janet L. Yellen, Deanne Criswell and others with connections to the city are poised to have influence on policies.
Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.
The picks are a repudiation of President Trump’s isolationism, but they will have to resolve tensions between an Obama-era approach and the “fresh thinking” the president-elect says he wants.
John Kerry, the former secretary of state, will be climate czar, according to the Biden transition team.
Many of his aides and close allies are veteran Washington hands who have profited from advising big corporations. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party is not happy.