The Gertz File

Defense and National Security News


From Washington

By Bill Gertz

Senior Editor, The Washington Free Beacon
Columnist, The Washington Times


  • Latest articles

  • Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM
    April 14, 2014
    Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine.

    Administration Urged to Lift Restrictions on Non-Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine
    April 14, 2014
    The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine under restrictions that view body armor, night vision goggles, radios, and fuel as destabilizing “force multipliers,” according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine’s military needs.

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    China Reveals New Carrier Jet Prior to Hagel Visit
    April 9, 2014
    China’s military has allowed the public release of the first photographs of a warplane variant deployed on the Liaoning — the aircraft carrier that saw its first visit by U.S. officials this week.

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    Putin Corruption Network Revealed
    April 7, 2014
    Corruption by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his administration in Moscow has produced tens of billions of dollars worth of illicit funds for the Russian leader and his top aides, according to U.S. officials.

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    CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide
    April 7, 2014
    A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.

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    Admiral Warns that Risk of Nuclear Conflict Is Growing
    April 3, 2014
    Russia is engaged in a large-scale buildup of strategic nuclear forces that has been underway for a decade, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Feds Curtail Major Counterterror Exercise in Washington
    April 1, 2014
    The White House sharply curbed a major counterterrorism drill scheduled for Tuesday in Washington that was designed to test the federal government response to threats of car bombs attacks and a chemical weapons strike on the Metro subway system.

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    White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades
    March 28, 2014
    Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday.

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    Russian Troop Movements Near Eastern Ukraine Trigger Fears of Imminent Invasion
    March 27, 2014
    U.S. intelligence agencies warned Congress late Wednesday that Russian military forces are massing near Ukraine’s borders and appear ready to launch an invasion with little or no warning.

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    China waging ‘Three Warfares’ against United States in Asia, Pentagon says
    March 26, 2014
    China is waging political warfare against the United States as part of a strategy to drive the U.S. military out of Asia and control seas near its coasts, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.

    House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violations
    March 21, 2014
    Two senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.

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    Chinese Police University Trains Beijing Hackers
    March 20, 2014
    China’s main internal security and police university is training hackers for cyber attacks, according to new information obtained by the U.S. government.

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    Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Electronic Attack on Satellite
    March 17, 2014
    Russia is accusing Ukraine of conducting an electronic attack on an orbiting communications satellite and is threatening unspecified retaliation as cyber warfare between the two states heats up over the crisis in Crimea.

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    Russian Inspectors to Check U.S. Nuclear Cuts Amid Ukraine Crisis
    March 17, 2014
    Russian arms officials will arrive in the United States on Monday to conduct an inspection of U.S. strategic nuclear facilities amid heightened tensions over Moscow’s military incursion into Ukraine and a U.S. ultimatum to withdraw the forces.

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    Al Qaeda to Launch English-Language Magazine
    March 14, 2014
    Al Qaeda has announced plans to launch a new magazine aimed at recruiting Americans and promoting “lone wolf” terror attacks and the group’s jihadist agenda, according to a video produced by al Qaeda’s media arm.

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    Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China’s Stealth Fighter
    March 12, 2014
    A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.

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    Obama administration rejects urgent appeal from Egypt to deliver Apache attack helicopters
    March 12, 2014
    The Obama administration has turned down an urgent appeal from Egypt’s government for the delivery of U.S. Apache attack helicopters needed for counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.

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    Pentagon: North Korea develops unmanned strike aircraft from stolen U.S. target drone
    March 5, 2014
    North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress.

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    Dempsey: Threat of Conflict in Asia Increasing
    March 5, 2014
    The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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    Russian forces mass near Ukraine’s eastern border
    March 5, 2014
    Russian military forces continued massing within six miles of Ukraine’s eastern border regions as tensions increased over Moscow’s so far bloodless attempt to take control of the country by force under the pretext of protecting ethnic Russians.

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    China Fields New Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile
    March 3, 2014
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently confirmed China’s development of a new intermediate-range nuclear missile (IRBM) called the Dongfeng-26C (DF-26C), U.S. officials said.

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    Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare
    February 27, 2014
    The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

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    Obama Administration Ignores Russian Nuclear Violations
    February 26, 2014
    Russia is covertly developing and testing nuclear missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Obama administration to date has failed to hold Moscow accountable, according to arms control specialists.

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    Hagel announces steep U.S. defense cuts in aircraft, ships, troops, weapons
    February 25, 2014
    President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday.

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    Report: Taliban Insurgency to Grow After Troop Drawdown
    February 21, 2014
    The Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan will intensify following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year, according to a Pentagon-sponsored independent study.

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    Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows
    February 19, 2014
    Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.

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    Iconoclast Army General to Get Third Star
    February 18, 2014
    An Army general who in the past criticized senior Army leaders for dereliction during the Vietnam War has been promoted and will likely pin on a third star later this year.

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    White House, State not pressing South Korea to avoid using suspect Chinese telecom gear
    February 14, 2014
    Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.

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    White House Launches Infrastructure Cyber Security Initiative
    February 13, 2014
    The White House on Wednesday announced new policies improving public and private security efforts to protect critical U.S. infrastructures against the growing threat of cyber attacks.

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    Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies
    February 12, 2014
    Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk.

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    Former national security leaders voice concerns over Islamist infiltration of conservative movement
    February 11, 2014
    Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood are seeking to influence the U.S. conservative movement as part of non-violent jihad against the United States, according to a group of retired national security leaders..

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    China Shows New Mobile ICBM on Internet
    February 10, 2014
    China’s military recently disclosed a new photo of its longest-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a key element of Beijing’s large-scale strategic nuclear buildup.

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    HHS Cannot Find Belarus Malware in Obamacare Networks
    February 7, 2014
    The Department of Health and Human Services says it has been unable to locate malicious software from Belarus inside Obamacare computer networks, according to a department spokeswoman.

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    DNI, HHS urged to shut Obamacare website until security issues resolved
    February 7, 2014
    President Barack Obama and two senior aides are being urged to suspend all use of the Obamacare computer network until recent U.S. intelligence warnings of potential cyber attacks from Belarus are resolved.

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    Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence
    February 4, 2014
    A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.

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    Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack
    February 3, 2014
    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

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    Pentagon intelligence official says Chinese hypersonic weapon poses major challenge
    January 31, 2014
    China’s new high-speed maneuvering warhead is a “great concern” because it appears designed for use with both nuclear and conventional Chinese military forces, a Pentagon intelligence official said Thursday.

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    DNI: China, Russia grow as cyber, space threats to U.S. security
    January 30, 2014
    China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities
    January 29, 2014
    China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Hypersonic strike vehicle test is high-tech arms breakthrough that will be difficult for missile defenses to counter
    January 28, 2014
    China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday.

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    U.S. Identifies Terror Group Threatening Attacks on the Olympics
    January 27, 2014
    Terrorists with a North Caucasus Islamist group are promising to carry out suicide bomb attacks at the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi next month, including chemical arms strikes.

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    UN Rights Commission: grave violations of human rights in North Korea
    January 24, 2014
    North Korea’s communist government is guilty of “grave violations” of fundamental human rights against its people, according to the head of a United Nations special human rights commission.

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    Chinese Defense Ministry Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test
    January 15, 2014
    China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that weapons designers recently conducted the first test of an ultra-high speed missile vehicle considered cutting edge military technology.

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    Congress Voices Concerns About Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test
    January 14, 2014
    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and two senior committee members voiced concerns Monday about China’s first test of a new high-speed missile vehicle.

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    China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle
    January 13, 2014
    China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.

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    State Department calls new China fishing curbs in South China Sea ‘dangerous and provocative’
    January 9, 2014
    China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.

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    General: Strategic Military Satellites Vulnerable to Attack in Future Space War
    January 8, 2014
    U.S. strategic military satellites are vulnerable to attack in a future space war and the Pentagon is considering a major shift to smaller satellites in response, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said Tuesday.

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    China Orders Foreign Fishing Vessels Out of Most of the South China Sea
    January 7, 2014
    China has ordered foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from regional authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the South China Sea, setting up the potential for new confrontations between Beijing and its neighbors over maritime sovereignty claims to disputed islands.

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    U.S. Seeking al Qaeda Terrorist Linked to Benghazi Attack
    January 3, 2014
    The U.S. government is trying to apprehend an al Qaeda terrorist wanted for his role in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans.

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    Hagel Calls Chinese Naval Action ‘Irresponsible’
    December 19, 2013
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday criticized the Chinese navy for the near collision between the U.S. guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens and a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea.

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    China Defense Ministry Confirms Naval Confrontation
    December 18, 2013
    China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday made its first official comments confirming the naval confrontation between a U.S. warship and a Chinese naval vessel during a tense standoff in the South China Sea.

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    Kim’s aunt absent from new leadership lineup
    December 18, 2013
    The wife of North Korea’s executed No. 2 leader failed to appear with other leaders at an anniversary meeting on Tuesday in Pyongyang—a sign U.S. officials say indicates the once-powerful aunt of current leader Kim Jong Un was ousted as part of the political purge underway in the reclusive communist state.

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    Iran Reveals New Details of Shoulder-Fired Missiles
    December 17, 2013
    Iran this month unveiled details on two shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that are a major concern among U.S. and allied counterterrorism officials due to Tehran’s support for global terrorist groups.

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    China Conducts Second Flight Test of New Long-Range Missile
    December 17, 2013
    China’s military conducted the second flight test of its newest long-range missile that is capable of hitting targets in the United States with a nuclear warhead, according to defense officials.

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    China’s State Media Blame U.S. for Near Collision of Warships
    December 16, 2013
    China’s state media on Monday said the recent near-collision between a U.S. guided missile cruiser and a Chinese navy ship in the South China Sea earlier this month was the result of threatening actions by the U.S. warship.

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    Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters
    December 13, 2013
    A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.

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    Al Qaeda Theorist Tells Islamists Not to Emulate Mandela
    December 11, 2013
    A Jordanian-based Islamist cleric urged jihadi terrorists last week not to emulate the late South African leader Nelson Mandela because he is an “infidel” and was given awards by major world powers.

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    China holds war games near Korean border
    December 9, 2013
    China’s military is holding large-scale military maneuvers near the North Korean border amid new signs of political instability in Pyongyang.

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    Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan
    December 6, 2013
    China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.

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    Pentagon: China Failed to Consult Before Imposing Air Defense Zone
    December 4, 2013
    China’s military imposed a destabilizing air defense zone over the East China Sea without consulting the United States, and top Pentagon leaders said Wednesday there have been no contacts with their Chinese counterparts since the zone was set up Nov. 23.

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    Senior North Korean Leader and Uncle to Kim Jong Un Ousted
    December 4, 2013
    A key power broker within North Korea’s family dictatorship was reportedly ousted on Tuesday, a move that indicates new signs of instability within the reclusive, nuclear-armed communist state.

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    China Threatens Japan Ahead of Biden Trip
    December 3, 2013
    China’s military ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday over its disputed East China Sea air defense zone by threatening military action against Japan and saying it would enforce new aircraft controls.

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    American Veteran Held in North Korea Highlights Plight of Missing U.S. POWs
    December 3, 2013
    The arrest and detention of American Korean War veteran Merrill E. Newman highlights North Korea’s holding of other prisoners of war who were part of a secret Army unit running covert operations inside North Korea, according to a specialist on the conflict.

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    Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation Undermines Recent Geneva Nuclear Deal
    November 27, 2013
    Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday.

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    Iran, North Korea Secretly Developing New Long-Range Rocket Booster for ICBMs
    November 26, 2013
    Iranian missile technicians secretly visited North Korea as part of joint development of a new rocket booster for long-range missiles or space launchers at the same time nuclear talks took place in Geneva, according to U.S. officials.

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    Pentagon outlines strategy on Arctic security threats as polar ice melts
    November 25, 2013
    The Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new strategy to defend the Arctic region from security threats as Russia builds up cold-weather forces in the region and China prepares to claim resources.

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    U.S. Warns China Over East China Sea Maritime Grab
    November 25, 2013
    The Pentagon invoked a U.S. defense treaty with Japan and warned China on Saturday that its declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea is increasing the danger of military conflict.

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    Rice Warns China to Curb Cyber Espionage
    November 21, 2013
    China’s continued cyber espionage against the United States is undermining economic relations, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Beijing on Wednesday.

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    JCS Chairman Decries Defense Budget Uncertainty
    November 20, 2013
    The uncertainty of U.S. defense spending is undermining the ability of U.S. military forces in Asia to maintain stability amid a growing military buildup by China, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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    Pentagon: Drone Strikes to Remain Indispensable Weapon Against Terrorists
    November 19, 2013
    Drone strikes against terrorists are extremely effective and will remain an “indispensable” weapon in the war against terrorists for the foreseeable future, according to the Pentagon’s senior intelligence policymaker.

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    U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists
    November 16, 2013
    Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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    Admiral: China Nuclear Missile Submarine Threat is Not Credible
    November 16, 2013
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — China’s recent threat to use submarine-launched nuclear missiles to attack U.S. cities lacks credibility, the Navy’s top admiral said on Saturday.

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    China’s Communist Party to Set Up Security Committee Amid Growing Repression
    November 15, 2013
    China’s Communist Party announced this week it is creating a new high-level security organ amid growing signs that the collective dictatorship under President Xi Jinping is preparing for conflict abroad while stepping up crackdowns on dissent at home.

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    China Tests High-Speed Precision-Guided Torpedo
    November 14, 2013
    China’s navy recently conducted a test of a new high-speed maneuvering torpedo that poses a threat to U.S. ships and submarines.

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    Russia to Deploy Long-Range Attack Drone by 2016
    November 13, 2013
    Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.

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    U.S. Sees Divisions Within Chinese Politburo Leadership Over Economic Reforms
    November 12, 2013
    China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday responded to a report in the Free Beacon revealing that the activities of a secret Chinese military cyber warfare unit are continuing despite disclosure of the activities by a private security company.

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    China Responds to Free Beacon Report
    November 8, 2013
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported divisions emerging within the secretive Chinese communist leadership over economic reforms, as leaders appear split between those favoring more capitalist-oriented change and more ideological advocates backing tight government control over the economy.

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    China Deploys New Bomber with Long-Range Land Attack Missile
    November 7, 2013
    China’s military recently deployed an upgraded strategic bomber that will carry the military’s new long-range land attack cruise missile, capable of attacking Hawaii and Guam, according to a draft congressional report.

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    Putin to Visit Egypt in Bid to Restore Military Ties
    November 7, 2013
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt later this month as part of a push by Moscow to replace the United States as the Egyptian military’s main patron.

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    China Cyber Espionage Grows
    November 6, 2013
    The recent exposure of a secret Chinese military cyber warfare unit has not led to a decrease in cyber espionage against U.S. government and private networks, according a draft congressional China commission report.

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    U.S., South Korea far from agreeing to relaunch nuclear talks with North Korea
    November 5, 2013
    The Obama administration remains adamant that it is opposed to renewed six-nation nuclear talks on North Korea until Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward giving up its nuclear arsenal and infrastructure, a senior Obama administration official said yesterday.

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    Pentagon, State Department silent on threatening reports outlining Chinese plans for nuclear attacks on U.S. cities
    November 4, 2013
    The Obama administration declined to comment on Sunday on provocative state-run Chinese media reports outlining Beijing’s nuclear war plans, including land-based and submarine-launched missile strikes on U.S. cities that would kill up to 12 million people.

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    China Launches New Crackdown on Unofficial Churches
    November 1, 2013
    China’s communist government launched a new crackdown on unofficial Christian churches in October, claiming the groups are illegal for operating outside of government control, according to a Chinese dissident.

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    Western Jihadists Suspected in Tiananmen Terror Attack
    October 31, 2013
    Ethnic Uighur jihadists from the restive Xinjiang province are suspected of carrying out a vehicle attack in front of Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen gate on Monday, according to Chinese authorities.

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    Moscow Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Drill
    October 30, 2013
    Russian strategic forces carried out a large-scale surprise military drill on Wednesday, launching four nuclear missiles that were closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies, U.S. officials said.

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    Pentagon, Energy Department Moving Ahead with Upgraded, Precision-Guided Nuclear Bomb
    October 30, 2013
    The oldest nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal is being modernized with a precision-guidance kit and more modern safety features, Pentagon and Energy Department officials told Congress on Monday.

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    Drone Strike Kills Two Al Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia
    October 28, 2013
    A U.S. drone strike in Somalia killed two terrorists of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab, including a leader of the group, a U.S. official said.

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    New Russian ICBM Test Fuels Worries Over Violation of 1987 Missile Treaty
    October 24, 2013
    Russia’s latest flight of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile this month appears to be another circumvention of a 1987 nuclear missile accord, U.S. officials and private arms specialists said.

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    Islamist Terrorists Shifting from Web to Social Media
    October 23, 2013
    Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are grappling with terrorists who are moving from websites to microblogs as a way to spread propaganda, recruit members, and communicate.

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    Chinese Military Engaged in Political Warfare Against the United States
    October 22, 2013
    China’s military is using covert political warfare operations to influence U.S. policies and opinions toward Beijing while working to defeat perceived enemies like the United States and Taiwan, according to a report on the sub-rosa activities.

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    China moves ahead with reactor sales to Pakistan in violation of global nuclear control regime
    October 18, 2013
    China is moving ahead with plans to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan in a deal U.S. officials say will violate Beijing’s promises under an international nuclear control group.

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    North Korea’s Overseas Restaurants Used for Espionage and Gaining Hard Currency
    October 15, 2013
    North Korea’s global network of state-run restaurants, most in China, are dens of espionage and sites of operations involving tens of thousands of overseas North Koreans who send the regime in Pyongyang more than $100 million in hard currency annually, according to U.S. and western intelligence officials.

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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Testifies He Was Not Directly Involved in Failure to Prepare for Benghazi Terror Attack
    October 11, 2013
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress this week that he was not directly involved in preparations by the U.S. military and security forces to respond to possible attacks on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror strikes.

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    U.S. Vulnerable to Bio Warfare Attack
    October 11, 2013
    The United States remains vulnerable to deadly biological warfare attacks that could kill tens of thousands of people, several weapons specialists told Congress on Friday.

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    Republicans: Pentagon Playing Politics by Refusing Death Benefits
    October 9, 2013
    In a move House critics say is cynical Washington politics, the Pentagon is improperly refusing to pay death benefits to military survivors despite recent legislation authorizing the gratuity.

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    Terror Raids Ignore Benghazi Suspects
    October 8, 2013
    Strategic nuclear missiles, submarines, and bombers remain ready despite the U.S. government shutdown and the furloughing of some nuclear force workers, according to the U.S. Strategic Command.

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    Stratcom: U.S. strategic nuclear forces remain on alert despite government shutdown
    October 4, 2013
    Strategic nuclear missiles, submarines, and bombers remain ready despite the U.S. government shutdown and the furloughing of some nuclear force workers, according to the U.S. Strategic Command.

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    U.S., Japan to Upgrade Defense Ties
    October 4, 2013
    The United States and Japan announced on Thursday that defense relations are being strengthened for the first time in 16 years, including new force deployments and greater cooperation against missile and cyber attacks.

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    China Asks U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Arms Proliferators, Iran Traders
    October 4, 2013
    China is asking the Obama administration to lift sanctions on five Chinese state-run companies that were hit with U.S. sanctions in the past for arms sales and other illicit transfers to rogue states.

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    China conducts satellite capture in space as part of Star Wars military program
    October 4, 2013
    China last week conducted a test of a maneuvering satellite that captured another satellite in space during what Pentagon officials say was a significant step forward for Beijing’s space warfare program.

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    Al Qaeda Opens First Official Twitter Account
    September 27, 2013
    An official al Qaeda website that is restricted to members of the terrorist group opened its first Twitter account this week in what U.S. officials say is an effort to resolve a major split over Syria’s Islamist rebels.

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    Obama administration continues to ignore Beijing’s illegal transfer of ICBM launchers to N Korea
    September 27, 2013
    The Obama administration is ignoring China’s transfer of mobile nuclear missile launchers to North Korea as Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday applauded China for announcing new export controls on Pyongyang’s arms programs.

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    Russia, China Hold Large-Scale War Games
    September 26, 2013
    Pentagon intelligence agencies are closely watching Russian and Chinese war games now taking place in Europe and Asia involving tens of thousands of troops.

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    Twitter blocks multiple accounts of Somali al Qaeda group during Kenya attack
    September 23, 2013
    The social media giant Twitter is fighting to prevent the al Qaeda terrorist group al Shabaab from using its service to spread propaganda and has blocked six accounts linked to the group, including at least three created in the past two days, according to U.S. officials.

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    State Department acting arms official raises concerns about verifying Russia’s Syria chemical weapons deal
    September 20, 2013
    The State Department’s senior arms control negotiator has been an unconfirmed acting undersecretary for 19 months at the same time she oversaw violations and verification of arms accords.

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    Chinese Military Capable of Jamming U.S. Communications System
    September 20, 2013
    China’s military is using stolen U.S. military secrets obtained from a convicted spy to defeat a high-technology communications system used in joint warfighting, combined arms warfare, and missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.

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    China Seeks Weaker Export Controls on Military Equipment
    September 18, 2013
    China has supplied the Obama administration with a detailed list of space, military, and defense technology controls that it wants changed, and an interagency review is underway to meet some of Beijing’s demands, according to U.S. officials.

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    Online jihadists suggest Navy Yard shooting was terrorism as US authorities look for clues to motive in murder of 12 Navy workers
    September 16, 2013
    Several online jihadists suggested Islamists were behind the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard as federal and local police investigated the motive behind the attack.

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    Former CIA leader: Syria’s Islamist Rebels Gaining Power
    September 13, 2013
    Syria’s al Qaeda-linked rebels are gaining strength and garnering support from more secular opposition forces, a former deputy CIA director said.

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    Admiral: U.S. submarine forces decline as forces of China, Russia, Iran advance undersea warfare capabilities
    September 13, 2013
    China, Russia, and Iran pose regional and strategic submarine threats and are building up undersea warfare capabilities as the Navy is cutting its submarine force by 30 percent, the admiral in charge of Pentagon submarine programs told Congress on Thursday.

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    Report: Syrian Chemical Arms Could Be Used by Terrorists
    September 12, 2013
    Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are vulnerable to being taken and used by terrorist groups, according to a new report by an Israeli think tank.

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    Obama Asks Congress to Delay Vote Authorizing Military Attack on Syria
    September 10, 2013
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday backed away from plans to order an immediate military strike on Syria for its use of chemical weapons against civilians while pursuing a Russian diplomatic initiative.

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    Libyan Terror Group Threatens Embassy Attack
    September 10, 2013
    A group calling itself the Islamic Emirate of Libya posted a notice online Tuesday listing the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli as a possible target of a terror attack coinciding with the anniversary this week of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.

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    Number of Released Gitmo Detainees Returning to Terrorism Increases
    September 9, 2013
    Three additional terrorists once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison were confirmed as having returned to terrorism after their release, and two others joined the ranks of those suspected of rejoining jihad against the West, according to a U.S. intelligence report made public last week.

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    Congress Voices Concern that U.S. Strikes Will Boost Syria’s Islamist Rebels
    September 6, 2013
    Congressional debate over planned U.S. airstrikes against Syria is raising new concerns from lawmakers that attacks will bolster Islamist rebels and increase the chances al Qaeda-linked forces will come to power.

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    House Chairman McKeon says pro-defense Republicans will seek to reverse sequester in Syria resolution
    September 5, 2013
    Defense Republicans in the House are seeking to overturn deep, automatic defense spending cuts as part of the debate on whether to authorize military force against Syria, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.

    (...Full story)

    Dempsey Outlines Strike Goals, Potential Retaliation
    September 4, 2013
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Wednesday that Syria could conduct cyber attacks in retaliation for U.S. military strikes and that U.S. forces are prepared for regional retaliation that could include Hezbollah terrorism.

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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Criticizes Leak of Syria Military Plans, Delay in Syria Strikes as Forces Moved
    September 3, 2013
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s top military adviser, told the Senate on Tuesday that U.S. plans for attacks on Syria were made more difficult by leaks to the press and the president’s delay in ordering the strikes.

    (...Full story)

    Obama Administration Makes Case for Attacks on Syria
    September 3, 2013
    Senior Obama administration officials urged Congress on Tuesday to authorize limited military strikes against Syria for its poison gas attacks, asserting that a failure to act would encourage further atrocities.

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    Syria Facing U.S. Cyber Attacks in Upcoming Strikes
    August 31, 2013
    U.S. military forces are expected to roll out new cyber warfare capabilities during the anticipated military strike on Syria for its use of a deadly nerve agent, according to military sources.

    (...Full story)

    Pentagon Can’t Afford Syria Operation; Must Seek Additional Funds
    August 30, 2013
    The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.

    (...Full story)

    Fifth US warship joins cruise missile ships in Mediterranea
    August 29, 2013
    A fifth U.S. warship steamed toward the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday to join four other cruise missile destroyers poised for strikes on Syria, as U.S. and allied military planning continued for a bombing campaign against Syria.

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    U.S.: Al Qaeda-linked Group Behind Benghazi Attack Trains Jihadists for Syrian Rebel Groups
    August 28, 2013
    U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this month uncovered new evidence that al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Benghazi are training foreign jihadists to fight with Syria’s Islamist rebels, according to U.S. officials.

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    Syria’s al Qaeda Rebels Vow Revenge Terror Attacks
    August 27, 2013
    Two Syrian al Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups this week called for terror attacks against Syrian civilians in retaliation for the mass killings by nerve gas near Damascus, according to U.S. officials.

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    U.S. Warships Set for Cruise Missile Strikes on Syria
    August 27, 2013
    Four U.S. Navy destroyers armed with land-attack cruise missiles are positioned in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea as President Barack Obama considers ordering attacks on Syria for using chemical weapons against civilians.

    (...Full story)

    China Launches Three ASAT Satellites
    August 26, 2013
    China’s military recently launched three small satellites into orbit as part of Beijing’s covert anti-satellite warfare program, according to a U.S. official.

    (...Full story)

    Obama Administration Considers Plan to Bolster Mexico’s Southern Border
    August 22, 2013
    Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.

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    American, European Jihadists in Syria Raise New Domestic Terror Fears
    August 20, 2013
    Significant numbers of American and European jihadists are traveling to Syria to join Islamist rebels, prompting new fears of a future wave of al Qaeda terror attacks in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. officials..

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    Obama Policies Turning Egypt Against U.S.
    August 15, 2013
    The Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

    (...Full story)

    China Conducts Another Mobile ICBM Test
    August 14, 2013
    China’s military recently carried out a third test of a long-range DF-31A ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States with nuclear warheads.

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    Armed Services Subcommittee Chair: Missile Defense Modernization Needed
    August 13, 2013
    The Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time when missile threats are growing, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces said Tuesday.

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    Drone Strike Reportedly Wounds Al Qaeda Master Bomb Maker
    August 12, 2013
    A Saudi national known to be a key al Qaeda bomb maker was wounded during a U.S.-led drone strike in Yemen, according to a Yemeni news report.

    (...Full story)

    Terror Threat Intelligence Not New
    August 5, 2013
    Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks.

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    China Reveals New Short-Range Missile
    August 2, 2013
    The Chinese military has deployed a new advanced short-range missile known as the DF-12 that was revealed for the first time in photos posted on the Internet this week.

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    Russia Rejects Holder’s Extradition Request for Snowden
    August 1, 2013
    Russia’s government this week formally rejected a request from Attorney General Eric Holder to extradite former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, despite a U.S. promise not to execute the NSA leaker.

    (...Full story)

    China’s Military Preparing for ‘People’s War’ in Cyberspace, Space
    July 30, 2013
    China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report.

    (...Full story)

    Al Qaeda Prison Break Increases Terrorist Threat to Region
    July 26, 2013
    Al Qaeda claimed credit this week for a sophisticated attack on two Iraqi prisons, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, that freed 500 prisoners including numerous al Qaeda leaders and members considered by U.S. officials to be dangerous terrorists.

    (...Full story)

    Book: American POWs left behind from Korean War
    July 26, 2013
    U.S. prisoners of war were left behind in North Korea, China, and Russia after the Korean War and the Pentagon failed to win their release or a full accounting of their fate, according to research contained in a new book that is highly critical of U.S. POW recovery efforts.

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    Edward Snowden Seeking to Join KGB Veterans Group
    July 24, 2013
    Renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to join a group of former Russian intelligence and security officials, according to the group’s director.

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    Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria
    July 24, 2013
    Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.

    (...Full story)

    Gen. Martin Dempsey Warns U.S. Intervention in Syria Will Trigger Wider War
    July 23, 2013
    U.S. military intervention in Syria on behalf of Syria rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime risks embroiling the United States and states in the region in a wider conflict, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a letter to Congress.

    (...Full story)

    PLA Navy to Begin First Strategic Missile Submarine Patrols Next Year
    July 23, 2013
    China’s navy is expected to begin the first sea patrols next year of a new class of strategic missile submarines, highlighting a new and growing missile threat to the U.S. homeland, according to U.S. defense officials.

    (...Full story)

    Al Qaeda Rebels Kill Free Syrian Army Commander
    July 19, 2013
    A key commander of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army was killed recently by Syria’s al Qaeda rebels, a sign the opposition to the Bashar al-Assad regime is fracturing and Islamist rebels are on the rise.

    (...Full story)

    U.S., Indonesian Forces Conduct War Games
    July 18, 2013
    U.S. military forces carried out a series of war games with the Indonesian military recently that went largely unreported but represent a significant step forward in U.S. military relations in Asia.

    (...Full story)

    Cuba confirms missile shipment
    July 17, 2013
    Cuba’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that it sent missiles and other military equipment to North Korea aboard a ship that was seized by Panamanian government authorities.

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    Asian Jets Intercept Russian Strategic Bombers
    July 17, 2013
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers taking part in large-scale military exercises flew practice strike missions in the western Pacific on Monday and were intercepted by Japanese fighters, according to Japanese and Russian officials.

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    North Korean ship carrying Cuban missile radar highlights rogue states’ military cooperation
    July 16, 2013
    The seizure of a covert shipment of missile parts from Cuba on a North Korean freighter is raising new fears that the two communist governments secretly are engaged in the trade of threatening ballistic missiles.

    (...Full story)

    U.S.-China dialogue, exploited by Beijing for propaganda, produces no substantive results
    July 16, 2013
    The Obama administration concluded its fifth round of high-level talks with China last week amid much fanfare, but as with past dialogue meetings, the “strategic” talks produced no substantive results.

    (...Full story)

    McKeon: State Department Ignores Major Russian Treaty Violation
    July 15, 2013
    The State Department’s annual report on arms control compliance failed to identify a major Russian treaty violation, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday.

    (...Full story)



    China alarmed over U.S.-Japan tiltrotor aircraft exercise
    July 12, 2013
    China’s military voiced alarm over a recent joint exercise with Japan that showed off a new Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft in war games Beijing said were preparation for an assault against China, according to military and intelligence officials.

    Al Qaeda spokesman says Syria next target for terrorist jihad
    July 12, 2013
    Al Qaeda’s American spokesman announced in a recent statement that the takeover of Syria is the next target in the terror group’s plan for Islamist revolution in the Levant.

    (...Full story)

    U.S. officials optimistic about local uprisings
    July 12, 2013
    In a positive sign for U.S. efforts to stabilize the country, grassroots, popular uprisings against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan are growing, while reported plans this week for a complete U.S. troop pullout from the country prompted opposition to the plan from Afghan officials.

    (...Full story)

    Report reveals new data on growing Chinese missile threat
    July 11, 2013
    China is developing several new short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, according to a military intelligence report made public this week.

    (...Full story)

    Russia seeking tighter Internet controls after NSA leaks
    July 10, 2013
    Russia’s government is seeking to tighten controls over the Internet in the aftermath of disclosures about National Security Agency (NSA) data collection programs.

    (...Full story)

    DNI Clapper Won’t Resign Over Misleading Congress on NSA Surveillance
    July 9, 2013
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans.

    (...Full story)

    U.S., China Talk Cyber Theft at Strategic Dialogue
    July 8, 2013
    U.S. and Chinese officials met in Washington on Monday for the first talks between the two nations on the contentious issue of cyber attacks and cyber theft of intellectual property.

    (...Full story)

    CIA drone strike kills 17 terrorists in Pakistan
    July 3, 2013
    The CIA on Wednesday carried out a major unmanned aircraft attack on a house in northern Pakistan and killed 17 suspected terrorists linked to the Haqqani Network, according to a Pakistani think tank.

    (...Full story)

    Russia deploying new missile defense radar while seeking curbs on U.S. defenses
    July 3, 2013
    Russia’s military has completed work on a new missile defense radar in southern Russia that has some U.S. military officials worried Moscow is building up offensive and defensive strategic forces in destabilizing combination.

    (...Full story)

    Up to 6,000 jihadists now fighting with al Qaeda groups
    July 2, 2013
    Thousands of foreign terrorists traveled to Syria over the past several months to wage jihad, or holy war, in what U.S. officials say is fast becoming a new international terror training ground.

    (...Full story)

    Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability
    June 28, 2013
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected Iran conducting a static ground test of a large rocket motor that could be used for a future intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to U.S. officials.

    (...Full story)

    Libyans release suspect linked to Benghazi attack
    June 27, 2013
    Libya’s government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi.

    (...Full story)

    U.S. officials: China, Russia gained access to Snowden's secrets
    June 26, 2013
    Intelligence agencies in China and Russia gained access to highly classified U.S. intelligence and military information contained on electronic media held by renegade former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, according to U.S. officials.

    (...Full story)

    Russia said to be violating 1987 missile accord
    June 25, 2013
    Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

    (...Full story)

    North Korean web sites go dark after Anonymous hack
    June 20, 2013
    Websites in North Korea were shut down early on Thursday after the anarchist group Anonymous reported stealing secret data from the reclusive communist state on Pyongyang’s missile programs.

    (...Full story)

    Obama Directs New Limits on Pentagon Nuclear Weapons Use
    June 20, 2013
    President Barack Obama this week ordered new limits on the use of U.S. nuclear weapons and called for sharp warhead cuts in a speech in Berlin aimed at what he called achieving “peace with justice.”

    (...Full story)

    Al Qaeda Terrorist Threat Is Growing
    June 19, 2013
    The threat posed by al Qaeda terrorism around the world continues to increase despite President Barack Obama’s recent claim that the central group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is on the path to defeat, according to U.S. and foreign counterterrorism officials and private experts.

    (...Full story)

    Obama expected to face questioning on surveillance, drone strikes, pivot to Asia in meeting with Merkel
    June 18, 2013
    President Barack Obama arrived in Germany Tuesday night for his first official visit as president to a key European ally where he is expected to face questions from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday amid new disclosures about widespread U.S. electronic surveillance.

    (...Full story)

    Covert U.S. military aid likely to boost al Qaeda-dominated rebels in Syria
    June 18, 2013
    The White House announcement of covert military aid to Syrian rebels marks a major shift in the U.S.-led war on terrorism as the United States for the first time will be backing a coalition of groups that includes al Qaeda-affiliated rebels, according to U.S. intelligence officials and experts.

    (...Full story)

    House votes to limit implementation of New START arms pact with Russia
    June 17, 2013
    The House last week voted to restrict implementation of the 2010 New START arms treaty with Russia until the Obama administration outlines its plans for nuclear cuts.

    (...Full story)

    Foreign Fighters Moving In to Afghan Province Near Kabul
    June 14, 2013
    Afghan officials warned recently that terrorists from Pakistan are infiltrating into Wardak Province near Kabul as security deteriorates amid suicide bombings and insider attacks by the Taliban.

    (...Full story)

    Pentagon fears compromise of electronic intelligence to China
    June 13, 2013
    The Pentagon is concerned that a former National Security Agency contractor who is now in Hong Kong will compromise top-secret electronic intelligence programs targeted against China, according to a defense official.

    (...Full story)

    NSA Leak Prompts Countermeasures by Terrorists
    June 11, 2013
    Jihadist websites urged terrorists to change passwords and shift communications to more secure means following the recent disclosure of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance of the Internet, according to U.S. officials.

    (...Full story)

    Secret presidential order reveals policies for waging offensive, defensive cyber warfare
    June 11, 2013
    President Barack Obama’s internal directive on cyber warfare was disclosed in public last week, showing for the first time details of U.S. policies for waging both offensive and defensive digital operations by military forces and intelligence agencies.

    (...Full story)

    NSA leaker goes public and suggests he is defecting to China
    June 9, 2013
    An intelligence contractor who disclosed a top-secret National Security Agency electronic surveillance program surfaced in Hong Kong on Sunday and suggested he planned to defect to China.

    (...Full story)

    Russian official: 'We tested an intercontinental ballistic missile which I call 'a missile defense killer''
    June 7, 2013
    Russia conducted the first flight test of a new inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that Russian officials say is designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses.

    (...Full story)

    China moves against U.S. pivot to Asia with stepped up military, diplomatic economic ties to Americas
    June 7, 2013
    China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones.

    (...Full story)

    President to raise China’s human rights abuses at summit
    June 6, 2013
    President Barack Obama will raise China’s human rights abuses during his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday in California, according to a White House official.

    (...Full story)

    Al Qaeda weapons expert says U.S. ambassador to Libya killed by lethal injection
    June 5, 2013
    An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi went bad.

    (...Full story)

    President to discuss Chinese cyber attacks with party leader at California summit
    June 4, 2013
    President Barack Obama plans to raise Chinese cyberattacks on U.S. government and business networks when he meets new Chinese leader Xi Jinping in California this week, White House officials said on Tuesday.

    (...Full story)


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    -- Tom Donnelly, The Weekly Standard, Dec. 4, 2000

    "Sheer fabrication out of ulterior motives, with which we express our strong dissatisfaction. It must be pointed out that there are always some people in the United States who cling to the Cold War mentality and have prejudice of and hostility against China... We demand those who have plotted the so-called 'China Spy Case' see clearly the trend of history and immediately stop their despicable acts of wantonly attacking China."
    -- Sun Yuxi, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, People's Republic of China, Nov. 16, 2000




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