The Gertz File

Defense and National Security News


From Washington

By Bill Gertz

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


  • Latest articles

  • FBI, Pentagon Counterspies Hunt Fraudulent Navy Contractor
    Dec. 1, 2016
    Counterintelligence agents from the FBI and Pentagon are pursuing a suspected foreign agent posing as a Navy officer who offered fraudulent contracts to defense contractors in a bid to obtain sensitive and embargoed American technology.
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    Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.
    Nov. 30, 2016
    The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study.

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    Pentagon Links Chinese Cyber Security Firm to Beijing Spy Service.
    Nov. 29, 2016
    A Chinese cyber security firm is covertly working with Beijing’s Ministry of State Security intelligence service in conducting cyber espionage operations, according to Pentagon intelligence officials.

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    Japanese Intelligence Tells Pentagon China Engaged in Multi-Year Takeover Attempt of Senkaku Islands
    Nov. 23, 2016
    TOKYO—China is escalating a campaign of military maritime coercion against Japan’s Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese intelligence data disclosed as part of a joint Pentagon-Japan research program.

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    Asia Times: China watchers expect Beijing to test Trump early on
    Nov. 16, 2016
    Intelligence services around the world jumped into high gear last week in a bid to better understand what to expect under the new American administration following Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory in the US presidential election.
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    Nuclear Modernization, Cyber Security Top Trump Defense Priorities
    Nov. 10, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump’s national security priorities are modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and securing critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

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    Will a Second Clinton Administration Repeat the National Security Scandals of the 1990s?
    Nov. 7, 2016
    A day before the 2016 presidential election, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton leads slightly in national polls in a tightening race for president, highlighting the prospect a second Clinton administration will be inaugurated in January.

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    China’s expanding its military power projection capabilities
    Nov. 4, 2016
    China’s military is developing ships, submarines, aircraft, intelligence systems and foreign bases in a bid to become a global military power, according to a forthcoming congressional China commission report.

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    FBI: New Malware to Spur More Large-Scale Cyber Attacks
    Nov. 3, 2016
    The FBI is warning companies to protect themselves from cyber attacks from a newly released malware that disrupted a large segment of the Internet in the United States last month.

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    Abedin New Focus of Clinton Email Investigation
    Nov. 2, 2016
    Documents made public from the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server provide clues about the current review of more than half a million emails linked to Clinton presidential campaign vice chair Huma Abedin.

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    The Cyber Threat: FBI Tries to Close Gaps in Clinton Email Probe
    Oct. 31, 2016
    Unanswered questions are what officials call gaps—a lack of information or intelligence that render judgments incomplete. FBI Director James Comey last week took the extraordinary step of re-opening the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server in a bid to close some of those gaps—11 days before Americans go to the polls to elect the next president.

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    Report: Chinese Spies Stole Pentagon Secrets
    Oct. 27, 2016
    Chinese spies repeatedly infiltrated U.S. national security agencies, including official email accounts, and stole U.S. secrets on Pentagon war plans for a future conflict with China, according to a forthcoming congressional commission report.

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    Defense Board: White House Blocked Navy From S. China Sea Warship Passages
    Oct. 24, 2016
    Senior White House officials blocked the Navy from conducting needed freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea amid growing concerns that China is militarizing newly reclaimed islands, according to the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board.

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    The Cyber Threat: Dyn Cyber Attack Highlights Internet of Things Hacking
    Oct. 24, 2016
    A major cyber attack that disrupted Internet service for major users like Twitter and Amazon in parts of the United States on Friday was the first robot-based digital assault using the Internet of Things—millions of linked devices operating in concert.

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    Military Warns Chinese Computer Gear Poses Cyber Spy Threat
    Oct. 24, 2016
    The Pentagon’s Joint Staff recently warned against using equipment made by China’s Lenovo computer manufacturer amid concerns about cyber spying against Pentagon networks, according to defense officials.

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    Clinton speeches hint at tougher US posture toward China
    Oct. 18, 2016
    Newly-disclosed transcripts of speeches by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton several years ago reveal the democratic nominee could be tougher on Beijing if she wins the election for president next month.

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    Clinton Campaign Tried to Limit Damage From Classified Info on Email Server
    Oct. 18, 2016
    Documents from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign show researchers justified leaks of top secret data on drone strikes and North Korea’s nuclear program found on her private email server by highlighting similar disclosures.

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    Clinton Email Server Hit in Cyber Attacks From Russians, Other Hackers
    Oct. 18, 2016
    Hackers from Russia attempted to break in to Hillary Clinton’s private email server although the cyber intrusions did not appear to be successful, according to FBI documents made public Monday.

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    Clinton Backed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Regime
    Oct. 13, 2016
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 called the election of Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood leader a “milestone” for Egyptian democracy and offered covert police and security help, according to declassified State Department documents.

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    Asia Times: Beijing’s South China Sea Island Buildup ‘for Military Purposes’
    Oct. 11, 2016
    The head of one of America’s secret spy agencies recently disclosed that China is seeking to control the South China Sea through the covert development of military facilities on thousands of acres of reclaimed islands.

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    Pentagon Studied Future Japan Nuclear Arsenal and War With China
    Oct. 7, 2016
    Japan can quickly build a strategic arsenal of land-based and submarine-launched missiles capable of killing up to 30 million Chinese in a nuclear war, according to a Pentagon sponsored study.

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    Clinton Sought Pentagon, State Department Contracts for Chelsea’s Friend
    Oct. 6, 2016
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to arrange Pentagon and State Department consulting contracts for her daughter’s friend, prompting concerns of federal ethics rules violations.

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    Russia Adds Hundreds of Warheads Under Nuclear Treaty
    Oct. 4, 2016
    Russia increased its deployed nuclear warheads over the past six months under a strategic arms reduction treaty as U.S. nuclear warhead stocks declined sharply, according to the State Department.

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    Orlando Terror Attack ‘Triggered’ by Pentagon Drone Strike
    Sept. 28, 2016
    The domestic terrorist behind the Orlando nightclub massacre was motivated by a Pentagon drone strike in Iraq a month before the shooting, according to police transcripts made public last week.

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    Missing Afghans Raise Terrorism Fears
    Sept. 22, 2016
    Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials.

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    FBI Training Questioned in Recent Terror Attacks
    Sept. 22, 2016
    Recent domestic terror attacks by Islamic extremists are raising questions among officials and security experts about whether FBI counterterrorism training is deficient.

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    Asia Times: Counter-pivot -- China, Russia hold massive South China Sea war games
    Sept. 20, 2016
    Large-scale war games in the South China Sea by Chinese and Russian naval forces included practice for taking over islands in the disputed waters and appear part of efforts by both states to counter the U.S. pivot to Asia.

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    The Cyber Threat: Snowden—Ultimate Insider Threat Missed by NSA Security
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Security officials today use the politically correct term “insider threat” to describe what were once called traitors, and no one was more aggressive in pursuing them than counterintelligence types at the National Security Agency.

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    Senator Seeks Formal Damage Assessment of Clinton Email Secrets Loss
    Sept. 16, 2016
    American intelligence agencies must conduct a formal review of the damage to U.S. security caused by the disclosure of secrets on Hillary Clinton’s unsecure email server, according a to Republican senator.

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    DNI Declines Required Damage Assessment of Clinton’s Leaked Email Secrets
    Sept. 14, 2016
    The U.S. intelligence community declined to conduct a required assessment of the damage to national security caused by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton sending and receiving secrets on a private email server.

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    State Letter Reveals Plan for U.S. Legal Commitment to Unratified Nuclear Treaty
    Sept. 7, 2016
    The Obama administration will seek a formal political agreement at the United Nations that would legally bind the United States to a nuclear test ban treaty rejected by the Senate 17 years ago.

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    Clinton Turned Away High-Level Chinese Defector to Assist Beijing Leaders
    Sept. 6, 2016
    Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton turned away a high-ranking Chinese defector who sought political asylum after the communist police chief sought refuge in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China four years ago.

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    Asia Times:China deploys construction vessels at disputed reef as Obama meets Xi
    Sept. 5, 2016
    Photos of Chinese ships deployed near a key disputed reef in the South China Sea surfaced over the weekend as U.S. and Chinese leaders met at the Group of 20 nations summit and discussed maritime disputes.

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    The Cyber Threat: iPhone Software Targeted in Government-Linked Hack
    Aug. 29, 2016
    Years ago during lunch with a recently-retired National Security Agency cyber security official, I immediately noticed the former official’s iPhone as he placed it on the table next to his fork. Wow, I thought, if an NSA electronic spook is using an iPhone, those babies must be secure. Days later I traded in my cell phone for an iPhone and have been using them ever since.

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    Russia to Field Hypersonic Missiles by 2020
    Aug. 25, 2016
    Russia is working to deploy a revolutionary hypersonic maneuvering strike missile by 2020, according to a Russian defense industry leader.

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    Asia Times: China gears up for missile warfare with US
    Aug. 17, 2016
    China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States.

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    China’s Covert Weapons Procurement Revealed in Florida Case
    Aug. 24, 2016
    China’s government covertly tried to obtain advanced U.S. fighter jet engines and a Reaper drone in a high-technology spying operation uncovered by federal authorities in Florida.

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    Southern Command Warns Sunni Extremists Infiltrating From South
    Aug. 22, 2016
    Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease, according to a U.S. South Command intelligence report.

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    Russian Military Forces Staging Near Ukraine
    Aug. 17, 2016
    The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine, according to U.S. defense officials.

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    Pentagon Seeks Weapons to Counter Hypersonic Missiles
    Aug. 16, 2016
    Foreign states are developing high-speed, maneuvering missiles, and the Pentagon and U.S. Pacific Command want weapons to counter them, a leading defense contractor involved in missile defense said Monday.

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    Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts
    Aug. 15, 2016
    Russia is building large numbers of underground nuclear command bunkers in the latest sign Moscow is moving ahead with a major strategic forces modernization program.

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    China Steps Up Naval Presence Near Key Disputed Island
    Aug. 11, 2016
    China is building up maritime security forces around a key disputed island in the South China Sea that the Pentagon has warned China not to militarize.

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    Asia Times: China steals FBI surveillance secrets through veteran who worked inside as spy
    Aug. 10, 2016
    Kun Shan Chun, who has been working with the FBI as an electronics technician for over 19 years, probably supplied Chinese intelligence with valuable counter-surveillance information that would assist the large numbers of Chinese agents operating in the United States in avoiding detection. The case is the latest black eye for the FBI.

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    Asia Times: Obama aide’s China visit was to ease tension over sea ruling
    July 27, 2016
    U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice traveled to Beijing this week as part of U.S. efforts to lessen simmering tensions over an international court ruling against China’s claims in the South China Sea.

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    Military Warns Against Nuclear Policy Change
    July 15, 2016
    White House plans for a radical shift in U.S. nuclear policy came under fire from the military leaders who voiced concerns to Congress on Thursday about adopting a so-called no-first-use weapons policy.

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    State Department Farms Out Counter-ISIS Messaging Abroad
    July 14, 2016
    The State Department’s latest effort to counter Islamic State propaganda and recruitment is relying on foreign states for strategic messaging, according to the department’s public diplomacy official.

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    Court Nullifies China’s Claim to South China Sea
    July 13, 2016
    A United Nations tribunal on Tuesday ruled unanimously against China’s history-based claim to sovereignty over 90 percent of the South China Sea.

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    US, China wage legal warfare over control of the South China Sea
    July 11, 2016
    The United States is stealing a page from China’s strategic playbook in using international law as a means to counter expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea.

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    FBI: ‘Hostile Actors’ Likely Hacked Clinton Email Secrets
    July 6, 2016
    An extensive FBI investigation found evidence that foreign government hackers accessed private emails sent by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton but no direct evidence spies hacked into the several unsecure servers she used.

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    The Cyber Threat: Obama’s Green Policies Threaten America’s Energy Security
    July 5, 2016
    The threat of a devastating cyber attack on the U.S. electrical grid is increasing due to the Obama administration’s politically correct policies that spend vast sums on green and smart grid technologies while failing to secure power grids from cyber attack.

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    U.S. Identifies Nine Training Camps in Iran for Afghans
    July, 2016
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently identified nine training camps inside Iran where jihadists from Afghanistan are being schooled for fighting in Syria, according to U.S. defense officials.

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    State Department Report Says Chinese Cyber Attacks ‘Ongoing’
    June 29, 2016
    Chinese cyber attacks against American firms are “ongoing” and the use of covert cyber tools and methods by Beijing hackers led to a statistical decline in cyber activities, according to an internal State Department security report.

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    Washington sends allies mixed signals with PLA Navy role in RIMPAC
    June 28, 2016
    The US government is sending mixed signals to American allies in Asia by opposing Chinese territorial encroachment while allowing China to take part in a regional military exercise.

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    Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua
    June 23, 2016
    The Russian government is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua as part of Moscow’s efforts to increase military and intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere.

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    General: Threat of ISIS in Libya Grows
    June 22, 2016
    The Islamic State terror group in Libya continues to grow inside the oil-rich North African state and is threatening attacks against Europe and elsewhere, the general nominated to lead the U.S. Africa Command told a Senate hearing Tuesday.

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    The Cyber Threat: Russian Hackers Behind DNC Breach Seeking to Influence U.S. Election
    June 21, 2016
    Cyber actors linked to Russia’s intelligence service carried out a sophisticated cyber attack against Democratic National Committee computer networks in a bold attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election.

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    Homeland Security Report Calls for Rejecting Terms ‘Jihad,’ ’Sharia’
    June 17, 2016
    A new Department of Homeland Security report urges rejecting use of Islamic terms such as “jihad” and “sharia” in programs aimed at countering terrorist radicalization among American youth.

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    Obama Defends Ban on Term ‘Radical Islam’
    June 15, 2016
    President Obama vigorously defended his administration’s counterterrorism policy on Tuesday of avoiding the term “radical Islam” when identifying terrorists, and denied political correctness was behind the ban.

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    Chinese espionage and intelligence activities at all time high, experts say
    June 14, 2016
    Chinese intelligence operations worldwide to steal important information both through human agents and cyber attacks are a growing threat, according to experts who testified at a US congressional commission last week.

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    Orlando Attack Is a Failure of Obama’s ‘Politically Correct’ Policy, Analysts Say
    June 14, 2016
    The Florida terrorist attack last weekend revealed multiple failures of Obama administration counterterrorism policies that critics say are hamstrung by liberal “political correctness.”

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    Asia Times: Chinese espionage and intelligence activities at all time high, experts say
    June 1, 2016
    Chinese intelligence operations worldwide to steal important information both through human agents and cyber attacks are a growing threat, according to experts who testified at a US congressional commission last week.

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    Russians Violating New START Arms Treaty
    June 9, 2016
    U.S. nuclear arms inspectors recently discovered that Russia is violating the New START arms treaty by improperly eliminating SS-25 mobile missiles, American defense officials said.

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    The Cyber Threat: Cybercom Trains for Infrastructure Attack as Power Companies Play Down Threat to Grid
    June 6, 2016
    The U.S. Cyber Command will conduct large-scale military exercises this week simulating cyber attacks against critical U.S. infrastructure, and the war games will highlight the growing threat posed by foreign states capable of crippling the electrical grid and financial networks through digital attacks.

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    China Suspected in Hack of Tiananmen Anniversary
    June 3, 2016
    Computer hackers supporting China’s Communist government on Friday shut down the website of an anti-Communist group in Washington and disrupted an international online meeting highlighting the 1989 Tiananmen massacre in Beijing.

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    Islamic State Threatens Terror Attacks in U.S., Europe
    June 3, 2016
    The Islamic State is urging jihadists in the United States and Europe to carry out terror attacks during what a group spokesman promised would be “the month of conquest and jihad.”

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    Obama Administration Hosts Cuban Border Guard Visits
    June 3, 2016
    The Obama administration is hosting visits to U.S. Coast Guard facilities by Cuban Border Guard officials as part of its policy of seeking closer ties with the communist government in Havana.

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    The Cyber Threat: China, Russia Undeterred by Weak Obama Cyber Security Policy
    June 1, 2016
    The Obama administration policy of avoiding assertive action against foreign hackers came under fire from Congress last week, and is raising concerns that the White House is failing to protect the country from large-scale cyber attacks.

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    Asia Times: China Set for Court Ruling as U.S. Sends Confusing Signals on South China Sea Takeovers
    May 31, 2016
    China’s takeover of the South China Sea is nearly complete and Beijing is now stepping up its sophisticated information warfare campaign in preparation for an expected unfavorable ruling from an international tribunal affecting its island claims.

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    Russia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile
    May 27, 2016
    Russia conducted a successful flight test of a developmental anti-satellite missile on Wednesday that is capable of destroying satellites in orbit, American defense officials said..

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    Obama Visits Vietnam as Chinese, Russian Militaries Hold Talks
    May 25, 2016
    Competition between the United States and China over control of the South China Sea took center stage this week as President Obama opened up Vietnam to greater U.S. arms sales while China’s military intelligence chief met with a senior Russian general.

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    The Cyber Threat: Obama’s Diplomacy-Dominated Policy Ignores Growing Russian Danger
    May 23, 2016
    Cyber warfare and secret cyber intelligence-gathering operations by Russia pose a major threat to America, yet Moscow has managed to keep its activities largely secret while President Obama and his administration have failed to highlight the danger.

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    Apple Investment in China Raising Security Questions
    May 20, 2016
    The U.S. technology company Apple, Inc. is spending $1 billion in China on a ride-hailing application, and the investment is raising concerns among security analysts who say the company will be cooperating with Chinese security and intelligence agencies after spurning the U.S. government in a recent terrorism case.

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    Government, Industry Studying Threat of Nuclear EMP Attack on Electric Grid
    May 19, 2016
    American power companies are studying ways to protect electric grids against a high-altitude nuclear blast and other directed energy attacks that could severely disrupt electricity transmission, an industry representative told a Senate hearing Wednesday.

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    NSA Spied on Russian Crime Boss in Search for Links to Putin
    May 17, 2016
    The National Security Agency carried out electronic espionage against a senior Russian crime boss in a search for ties between organized crime groups and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    Pentagon highlights Chinese global military ambitions
    May 16, 2016
    The Pentagon disclosed last week that China is incrementally moving toward becoming an expansionist military power, seeking bases overseas along with a new doctrine to support power projection around the world.

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    Pentagon: China Restructures for War
    May 13, 2016
    China’s military underwent a major restructuring last year in a bid to prepare its military for conflict, the Pentagon said in its latest annual assessment of the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

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    FBI Warns Nation-State Cyber Attacks Are Continuing
    May 13, 2016
    Foreign government hackers are continuing to target U.S. government and private sector computer networks in sophisticated cyber attacks, the FBI warned in an alert sent this week.

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    Iran Shows Off Third Underground Missile Site
    May 12, 2016
    Iran’s military recently publicized a third underground missile facility and showed the launch of a new ballistic missile through the top of a mountain.

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    China Building Missiles to Strike Guam
    May 11, 2016
    China is building up intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles that pose a growing threat to Guam, the strategic Pacific island that is central to the U.S. military pivot to Asia, according to a congressional report made public Tuesday.

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    The Cyber Threat: Obama Policies Toward Hackers From China, Iran, Syria Produce Few Results
    May 9, 2016
    Recent federal indictments of Iranians and Syrians for cyber attacks on U.S. networks further highlight the failure of President Obama and his administration to counter the growing threat of foreign hacker strikes on American networks.

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    FBI, Justice Department Using Russian Password-Cracking Software
    May 6, 2016
    The Justice Department and FBI are using password-breaking software produced by a Russian technology firm set up by a cryptographer who attended a school linked to the KGB.

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    Legislation Seeks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles
    May 4, 2016
    Congress is pressing the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency to counter the growing threat of high-speed, maneuvering missiles.

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    Asia Times: Trump and China: New realism or business as usual?
    April 28, 2016
    Donald Trump has emerged as the presumptive 2016 Republican nominee for US president and recently outlined his views on foreign policy, including how he would deal with China.

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    The Cyber Threat: Cybercom’s War on ISIS
    May 2, 2016
    The Pentagon last week disclosed additional details of its covert program of waging cyber warfare against the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq.

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    Pentagon Warns of Conflict Over Chinese Buildup on Disputed Island
    April 29, 2016
    China’s plans to build up a disputed island near the Philippines could lead to a regional conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Thursday.

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    Russian Warplane Flies Within 50 Feet of U.S. Spy Plane in Asia
    April 28, 2016
    A Russian MiG-31 jet flew within 50 feet of a U.S. surveillance aircraft in Northeast Asia last week, Moscow’s latest aerial saber-rattling against American ships and planes, according to defense officials.

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    China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile
    April 27, 2016
    China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.

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    Russia Tests Hypersonic Glide Vehicle on Missile
    April 22, 2016
    Russia conducted a flight test of a revolutionary hypersonic glide vehicle last week that will deliver nuclear or conventional warheads through advanced missile defenses, U.S. defense officials said.

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    China Confirms Multiple-Warhead Missile Test in South China Sea
    April 21, 2016
    China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday confirmed that Beijing fired its newest long-range missile into the South China Sea in a test this week, amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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    Iran Conducts Space Launch
    April 20, 2016
    Iran this week conducted the first launch of a new rocket that the Pentagon views as a key element of Tehran’s effort to build long-range missiles.

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    North Korean Missile Exploded, Damaged Launcher in Failed Test
    April 20, 2016
    North Korea’s first attempt to test-launch a new intermediate-range missile last week failed after the Musudan blew up shortly after launch, causing a huge fireball that damaged the mobile launcher, according to American defense officials.

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    China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile
    April 19, 2016
    China conducted another flight test of its newest and longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile last week amid growing tensions with the United States over the South China Sea.

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    Asia Times: US sends mixed signals to China by allowing participation in RIMPAC
    April 19, 2016
    The Obama administration continued to send mixed signals to China regarding its aggression in the South China Sea by criticizing aggressive behavior in the area while inviting the People’s Liberation Army to take part in a large international naval exercise this summer.

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    Obama Did Not Press Putin on Recent Military Provocations
    April 18, 2016
    President Obama did not raise Russian military provocations against a Navy warship and Air Force intelligence jet last week during a Monday phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House disclosed Monday.

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    Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft
    April 16, 2016
    A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday.

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    Admiral: China Launching Cyber Attacks on Missile Defense Nets ‘Every Day’
    April 15, 2016
    Chinese military hackers are conducting cyber attacks on the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency networks on a daily basis and will soon shift to hacking into networks of missile defense contractors, the admiral in charge of the agency told Congress on Thursday.

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    Pentagon Developing Pre-Launch Cyber Attacks on Missiles
    April 14, 2016
    The Pentagon is developing cyber and other electronic weapons to attack enemy missile systems prior to launch as part of a new high-technology defense initiative, senior Pentagon officials disclosed to Congress on Wednesday.

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    China Outlines Plan for Military Buildup on Disputed Island
    April 13, 2016
    China’s plan for a new military buildup on a disputed island near the Philippines shows the future deployment of Chinese warships close to where U.S. naval forces will be stationed in the future.

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    Leaks About Chinese Offshore Dealings Threaten Xi Jinping Campaign
    April 11, 2016
    Disclosures that a relative of Chinese leader Xi Jinping purchased shell companies in the British Virgin Islands through a law firm linked to tax evasion schemes are raising questions about the anti-corruption drive currently underway in Beijing.

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    FBI Warns of Cyber Threat to Electric Grid
    April 8, 2016
    Three months after a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report downplayed the threat of a cyber attack against the U.S. electrical grid, DHS and the FBI began a nationwide program warning of the dangers faced by U.S. utilities from damaging cyber attacks like the recent hacking against Ukraine’s power grid.

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    Russia Deployed Over 150 New Warheads in Past Year
    April 6, 2016
    Russia deployed 153 strategic nuclear warheads over the past year under the New START arms treaty while the U.S. military pared its nuclear forces by 57 warheads, according to State Department figures released last week.

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    Asia Times: Pentagon Trying to Stop Chinese Air Defense Zone in Disputed Sea
    April 5, 2016
    Amid signs China will soon impose an air exclusion zone over the South China Sea, the Pentagon is trying to head off another destabilizing action by Beijing in the increasingly tense region.

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    Russia Doubling Nuclear Warheads
    April 1, 2016
    Russia is doubling the number of its strategic nuclear warheads on new missiles by deploying multiple reentry vehicles that have put Moscow over the limit set by the New START arms treaty, according to Pentagon officials.

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    Pentagon Confirms New North Korean ICBM
    March 31, 2016
    North Korea has developed a new long-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that the Pentagon says moves the country’s leader Kim Jong Un closer to the goal of building missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland with nuclear warheads..

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    Pentagon Concerned by Chinese Anti-Ship Missile Firing
    March 30, 2016
    China has deployed anti-ship cruise missiles on a disputed South China Sea island and the missiles are raising new concerns in the Pentagon over Beijing’s growing militarization of the vital strategic waterway.

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    China Hacked F-22, F-35 Stealth Jet Secrets
    March 24, 2016
    A Chinese businessman pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to hack computer networks of U.S. defense contractors and obtain sensitive data on military aircraft that was passed on to China.

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    Brussels Bombing Marks Strategic Shift by ISIS to Direct Attacks in Europe
    March 24, 2016
    The suicide bombings in Brussels represent a shift in tactics for the Islamic State terrorist group toward direct, mass casualty attacks in Europe, according to a State Department security report.

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    North Korea Conducts Land Test of Sub-Launched Missile
    March 22, 2016
    North Korea conducted a ground-test last week of its new KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, defense officials said.

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    Asia Times: China’s Internet Debate: Beijing Spring or Digital Cultural Revolution?
    March 21, 2016
    Fifty years after the tumultuous upheaval known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, China appears on the verge a new information age battle between communist party hardliners and reformers.

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    Obama Urged to Press Havana on Cuban Interrogation of American POWs
    March 21, 2016
    President Obama is being urged to raise the issue of Cuban interrogators who tortured American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War and killed at least one of them.

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    China Continuing Cyber Attacks
    March 17, 2016
    Six months after China pledged to halt cyber espionage against the United States, Beijing’s hackers continue to conduct cyber attacks on government and private networks, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress.

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    State Arms Official Accused of Misleading Congress on Russian Treaty Breach
    March 17, 2016
    A senior State Department official misled Congress on a Russian arms treaty violation and should not be named NATO’s deputy secretary general, according to a group of Republican House members.

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    China, Russia Planning Space Attacks on U.S. Satellites
    March 15, 2016
    China and Russia are preparing to attack and disrupt critical U.S. military and intelligence satellites in a future conflict with crippling space missile, maneuvering satellite, and laser attacks, senior Pentagon and intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.

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    U.S. Says North Korea Rhetoric a Prelude to Attack
    March 14, 2016
    Escalating threats from North Korea’s communist regime are indicators of a future military attack or another nuclear test in the coming days, according to a recent U.S. intelligence assessment.

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    Chinese Militarization in S. China Sea Aimed at Rapid Power Projection
    March 10, 2016
    China’s military buildup on disputed islands in the South China Sea is nearly finished and supports Beijing’s plan to rapidly project power in the region, according to intelligence made public this week.

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    CENTCOM: ISIS Being Dismantled in Syria But Spreading Regionally
    March 9, 2016
    Thousands of Islamic State fighters and 160 of its leaders were killed in U.S. and allied military operations in Syria and Iraq over the past 18 months, the commander of the U.S. Central Command told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Hypersonic Arms Race Heats Up as U.S. Builds High-Speed Missiles
    March 8, 2016
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter disclosed last week that the Pentagon’s new high-technology weapons to deal with threats from China and Russia will include ultra-high speed missiles.

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    Asia Times: Beijing Targets US Pacific Commander as Carrier Sails South China Sea
    March 7, 2016
    The commander of the US Pacific Command (Pacom) came under political fire from China last week following recent comments critical of Beijing’s military encroachment in the South China Sea.

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    Defense Secretary Hits Chinese Aggression
    March 2, 2016
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday criticized China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea and warned of Chinese threats in cyber space and in outer space.

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    DIA: Russian Software Could Threaten U.S. Industrial Control Systems
    March 1, 2016
    The Defense Intelligence Agency warned this month that Russian government hackers could penetrate U.S. industrial control networks using commercial security software.

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    Pentagon Wages First Cyber War on ISIS
    Feb. 29, 2016
    Senior Pentagon leaders on Monday revealed the military’s first use of cyber warfare operations against the Islamic State terrorist group they said are aimed at disrupting its military communications and operations.

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    Pacific Commander Warns China Not to Impose New Air Defense Zone
    Feb. 26, 2016
    China’s imposition of an air defense zone over the disputed South China Sea in the future would be “destabilizing and provocative,” and will be ignored by the United States, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific warned on Thursday.

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    China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada Caucus
    Feb. 24, 2016
    China warned the United States on Wednesday not to adopt punitive currency policies that could disrupt U.S.-China relations after Donald Trump’s win in the Nevada caucus.

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    Pacific Command: China Seeking to Control South China Sea
    Feb. 24, 2016
    China has completed its land reclamation in the South China Sea and is now putting military facilities on the disputed islands, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command warned Congress on Tuesday.

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    Chinese Foreign Minister Won’t Meet Defense Secretary
    Feb. 23, 2016
    The visit this week by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will not include a meeting at the Pentagon with Defense Secretary Ash Carter as originally planned, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday.

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    Blurred Lines — China’s competition with US resembles low-level warfare
    Feb. 22, 2016
    The era of US government policies designed to play down or dismiss growing strategic challenges from China seems to be ending.

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    Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit Washington Amid Tensions Over Missile Deployment
    Feb. 19, 2016
    China’s foreign minister will visit Washington next week amid rising tensions over the deployment of advanced Chinese air defense missiles on a disputed South China Sea island.

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    Pending Iranian Space Launch Contrary to U.N. Nuclear Resolution
    Feb. 18, 2016
    Iran is expected to conduct a rocket test this month in violation of the recent UN resolution on the Iranian nuclear deal that bans long-range missile tests, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

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    China Puts Advanced Missiles on Disputed Southeast Asian Island
    Feb. 17, 2016
    President Obama defended U.S. naval and aircraft operations near disputed South China Sea islands claimed by China on Tuesday as new intelligence revealed Beijing recently placed advanced air defense missiles in the Paracels.

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    ISIS Gets Syrian Air Defense System
    Feb. 15, 2016
    Islamic State terrorists recently captured several Syrian air defense missiles, raising concerns the weapons could be used against U.S. and allied aircraft, according to defense officials.

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    Pentagon: North Korea Nuclear, Missile Threat Increasing
    Feb. 12, 2016
    North Korea poses an increasing danger of using long-range missiles capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads and is fielding new road-mobile and submarine-launched missiles, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress made public Friday.

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    DNI: China Continues Cyber Espionage
    Feb. 9, 2016
    China is continuing to conduct cyber espionage operations against the United States, and Beijing’s commitment to a U.S.-China cyber agreement is questionable, the director of national intelligence told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Pentagon, South Korea to Deploy Advanced Missile Defenses
    Feb. 9, 2016
    After delaying nearly two years, the Pentagon on Monday announced plans to deploy advanced missile defenses in South Korea as soon as possible.

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    Asia Times: Beijing Plans S. China Sea Buildup After US Warship Makes Second Pass Near Island
    Feb. 4, 2016
    China toned down vitriolic rhetoric in response to the recent passage of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea.

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    Security Firm Warns of New Chinese Cyber Attacks
    Feb. 4, 2016
    China’s cyber attacks against U.S. government and private sector databases are part of a major intelligence-gathering operation and are likely to continue, according to a new report by a cyber security firm.
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    Chinese Defector Reveals Beijing’s Secrets
    Feb. 3, 2016
    A defector from China has revealed some of the innermost secrets of the Chinese government and military, including details of its nuclear command and control system, according to American intelligence officials.

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    Pentagon Conducts Warship Passage Near Disputed Island
    Jan. 30, 2016
    A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a second transit near a disputed South China Sea island claimed by China and two other nations, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

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    Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept of U.S. Recon Jet
    Jan. 28, 2016
    A Russian Su-27 jet fighter came within 20 feet of a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea on Monday in Moscow’s latest military provocation involving dangerous aerial encounters.

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    Chinese Military Revamps Cyber Warfare, Intelligence Forces
    Jan. 27, 2016
    A recent Chinese military reorganization is increasing the danger posed by People’s Liberation Army cyber warfare and intelligence units that recently were consolidated into a new Strategic Support Force.

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    Asia Times: China’s Shenlong Space Plane Is Part of Growing Space Warfare Program
    Jan. 25, 2016
    China’s military space program is getting a boost from a recent reorganization within the People’s Liberation Army.

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    Cybercom: OPM Hack Highlights China Big Data Spying
    Jan. 25, 2016
    China’s theft of millions of records on Americans was part of a Big Data spying program conducted by Beijing that has prompted the Pentagon to take new steps to secure large data concentrations.

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    Stratcom: China Moving Rapidly to Deploy New Hypersonic Glider
    Jan. 22, 2016
    China conducted six successful tests of a new high-speed hypersonic glide vehicle, the most recent in November, and also recently tested an anti-satellite missile, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Friday.

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    Carter Reveals Special Ops Role in Syria
    Jan. 13, 2016
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday disclosed new details of covert U.S. special operations commando activities in support of Syrian rebel groups fighting the Islamic State.

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    Russia Says U.S. Expanding Bioweapons Labs in Europe
    Jan. 13, 2016
    Russia recently charged the Pentagon with expanding a network of biological weapons laboratories in Europe, a charge the State Department denies.

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    ISIS Shifts to Libya After Strikes in Syria
    Jan. 12, 2016
    The Islamic State terror group is making significant gains in Libya as hundreds of its members have been detected moving there from Syria and Iraq in recent weeks amid stepped up bombing and tighter border controls.

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    Asia Times: China Under Fire For Not Reining In North Korea
    Jan. 11, 2016
    North Korea’s fourth underground nuclear test last week set off more than seismic tremors that reached the northeastern Chinese border.

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    North Korea Shows Latest Submarine Missile Test Launch
    Jan. 8, 2016
    Two days after conducting a provocative underground nuclear test, North Korea on Friday released video showing what the government said was a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test launch last month.

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    North Korea Tested Partial Thermonuclear Device
    Jan. 7, 2016
    Preliminary U.S. intelligence estimates have concluded that North Korea’s fourth underground nuclear test on Tuesday involved a small explosion that could be a component of a larger-scale thermonuclear device.

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    North Korea Conducts Successful Submarine Missile Test
    Jan. 5, 2016
    North Korea’s military carried out a successful ejection test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile recently, an indication that an earlier test failure has not derailed the underwater missile program, U.S. defense officials said.

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    Chinese Defense Ministry Confirms Rail-Mobile ICBM Test
    Dec. 31, 2015
    China’s Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday that its military recently conducted a test of a new rail-mobile ICBM capable of hitting any part of the United States with nuclear warheads.

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    China Confirms Recent Anti-Satellite Test
    Dec. 31, 2015
    A Chinese military official recently confirmed Beijing’s latest test of a satellite-killing missile that threatens U.S. space assets.

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    Asia Times: China’s Armed Drones Appear Built from Stolen Data from US Cyber Intrusions
    Dec. 30, 2015
    China’s vibrant military blogosphere presented a video this month revealing a missile-firing unmanned aerial vehicle in action, dropping bombs against ground targets.

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    Intelligence Report Warns of Russian Naval Buildup
    Dec. 29, 2015
    Following decades of neglect, Russian naval forces are being modernized with advanced submarines and increasingly lethal ballistic and cruise missiles, according to a report by the Office of Naval Intelligence.

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    Asiat Times: China’s armed drones appear built from stolen data from US cyber intrusions
    Dec. 21, 2015
    China’s vibrant military blogosphere presented a video this month revealing a missile-firing unmanned aerial vehicle in action, dropping bombs against ground targets.

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    CIA Fooled by Massive Cold War Double-Agent Failure
    Dec. 28, 2015
    The CIA was fooled by scores of double agents pretending to be working for the agency but secretly loyal to communist spy agencies during the Cold War and beyond, according to a former CIA analyst, operations officer, and historian.

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    ISIS Seeking Improvised Anti-Aircraft Missile
    Dec. 23, 2015
    Islamic State terrorists in Syria, assisted by western experts, are trying to develop improvised anti-aircraft missiles following stepped up airstrikes against its forces, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

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    Chinese Military Using Blinding Laser Weapons
    Dec. 22, 2015
    China’s military has equipped its forces with blinding laser weapons in apparent violation of an international agreement signed by Beijing.
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    China Tests New ICBM from Railroad Car
    Dec. 21, 2015
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a Chinese test of a new rail car-based long-range missile capable of hitting targets throughout the United States.

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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Opposed Gitmo Terrorist Release
    Dec. 18, 2015
    The chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff did not approve the Oct. 30 release of a terrorist held at the Guantanamo Bay prison, contrary to a Pentagon announcement that the transfer was “unanimously” approved by senior Obama administration officials.

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    U.S. Continues to Limit Airstrikes Against ISIS Camps
    Dec. 17, 2015
    President Obama said for the first time this week that U.S. and allied airstrikes are targeting ISIS training camps in Iraq and Syria, but new figures reveal only 20 camps were hit in recent months.

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    Forged ISIS Video Praises Obama Backing
    Dec. 16, 2015
    An apparently forged ISIS video disseminated online Monday praised President Obama and called for joint U.S. action with the terrorist group against Russian intervention in Syria.

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    Chinese Submarine Practiced Missile Attack on USS Reagan
    Dec. 15, 2015
    A Chinese attack submarine conducted a simulated cruise missile attack on the aircraft carrier USS Reagan during a close encounter several weeks ago, according to American defense officials.

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    Asia Times: Access vs. Anti-Access: China, US Posture in Anti-Ship Missile Face Off
    Dec. 14, 2015
    The People’s Liberation Army last month disclosed new details about its new intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic missile known as the DF-26.

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    New Taiwan Arms Sale to Rankle Beijing
    Dec. 14, 2015
    The Pentagon is bracing for a potential cutoff of its ambitious military exchange program with China next week in response to the latest congressional notification of some $1 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

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    China Flight Tests Multi-Warhead Missile
    Dec. 11, 2015
    China conducted a flight test of a new multi-warhead ballistic missile capable of reaching targets throughout the United States, Pentagon officials said.

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    French Technology Helping Russian Hypersonic Missile
    Dec. 10, 2015
    Russia is using French missile technology to develop a new, ultra-high speed nuclear attack missile, the House Armed Services Committee disclosed this week.
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    North Korean Submarine Damaged in Missile Test
    Dec. 8, 2015
    North Korea’s first submarine capable of firing missiles underwater suffered serious damage during a failed test launch last month, according to defense officials.

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    Russian Bombers Again Circle Guam
    Dec. 4, 2015
    Russian bombers circled the U.S. military hub on the Pacific island of Guam last week in the latest case of Moscow’s nuclear saber rattling.

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    China Says OPM Hack Was Not State-Sponsored
    Dec. 2, 2015
    China has told U.S. officials during cyber security talks that the massive theft of millions of sensitive records on federal workers was not a state-sponsored Chinese cyber attack but criminal hacking, according to Beijing’s official media.

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    Russia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile
    Dec. 2, 2015
    Russia carried out the first successful flight test of a new anti-satellite missile this month, marking a new phase in the global militarization of space.

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    State Official: Russian Nuclear-Armed Drone Sub Threatens US
    Nov. 25, 2015
    Russia’s development of a nuclear-armed drone submarine capable of inflicting widespread damage on U.S. coasts poses a serious threat, a senior State Department official testified on Tuesday.

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    Asia Times: War of Words Over South China Sea Militarization Heats Up
    Nov. 30, 2015
    Days after US President Barack Obama urged China to halt the militarization of newly-created islands in the South China Sea, China continues military deployments, exercises and construction in the disputed waterway.

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    Joint Staff Warns Islamic State Terrorists Travel to Europe Unimpeded
    Nov. 30, 2015
    The Pentagon’s Joint Staff warned in a recent intelligence briefing that Islamic State terrorists are entering Europe “mostly unimpeded,” according to defense officials.

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    China Again Tests Nuclear Hypersonic Missile
    Nov. 25, 2015
    China carried out a sixth flight test of its new high-speed nuclear attack vehicle on Monday designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses or carry out global strikes.

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    Senate Chairman Seeks More U.S. Arms for Taiwan
    Nov. 24, 2015
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has called on President Obama to increase arms sales to Taiwan even if it disrupts ties with Beijing..

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    Islamic State Plans Suicide Aircraft Strikes in Iraq
    Nov. 24, 2015
    Islamic State terrorists are seeking experts to repair captured military aircraft for future use in suicide attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Iraq.
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    Navy Warships to Sail by Mischief Reef
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Navy warships will sail close to a second disputed Chinese island in the South China Sea soon in a further challenge to Beijing’s military buildup and maritime control, according to defense officials.

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    CIA: Leak of Nuclear-Armed Drone Sub Was Intentional
    Nov. 19, 2015
    U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia’s recent disclosure of a nuclear-armed underwater drone submarine was a deliberate leak, according to analysis of Russian video news reports and official Moscow statements.

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    Asia Times: China Launches Anti-Spy Campaign As Secrecy System Breaks Dow
    Nov. 17, 2015
    China is engaged in a major domestic propaganda program to deter and counter the activities of foreign spies.

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    Russia Reveals Secret Nuclear-Armed Drone Sub
    Nov. 11, 2015
    A Russian document shown on state-run television confirmed that Moscow is developing a high-speed drone submarine capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

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    Chinese Websites Produce Intelligence Windfall
    Nov. 4, 2015
    In February 2012 one of the most unusual political dramas in years played out in southwestern China as a regional Communist leader tried to prevent one of his subordinates from defecting to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, in southwestern Sichuan Province.

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    China Tests Anti-Satellite Missile
    Nov. 9, 2015
    China recently conducted a flight test of a new missile capable of knocking out U.S. satellites as part of Beijing’s growing space warfare arsenal.

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    Russia Test-Fires Series of Nuclear Missiles During Strategic Drills
    Nov. 5, 2015
    Russian nuclear forces conducted a large-scale exercise last week that included test firings of several long-range missiles along with dual-capable shorter range ballistic and cruise missiles, according to U.S. officials.

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    Islamic State Used Captured Humvee in Suicide Bombing
    Nov. 4, 2015
    Islamic State terrorists used a modified U.S. Army Humvee to carry out a suicide car bombing in western Iraq last month.

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    Asia Times: Beijing Reacts Harshly and Steps Up Threats in South China Sea Dispute
    Nov. 3, 2015
    China reacted more harshly than expected to the passage last week of the warship USS Lassen that skirted within 12 miles of one of Beijing’s newly-created and increasingly militarized South China Sea islands.

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    Chinese Submarine Stalked U.S. Aircraft Carrier
    Nov. 3, 2015
    A Chinese attack submarine stalked the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan near Japan last month in the closest encounter between a carrier and a People’s Liberation Army Navy submarine since 2006, according to American defense officials.

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    NATO Chief: Russia Conducted Several Tests of Illegal Cruise Missile
    Oct. 30, 2015
    Russia is continuing to develop a new ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the general in charge of NATO and the U.S. European Command said Friday.

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    Two Russian Bombers Buzz U.S. Aircraft Carrier
    Oct. 29, 2015
    Fighter jets from the USS Ronald Reagan scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers that flew within one mile of the carrier during the latest saber-rattling by Moscow.

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    Destroyer Passage in S. China Sea Prompts Beijing Warnings
    Oct. 29, 2015
    China offered threatening comments and warnings a day after the passage of a U.S. guided missile destroyer to within 12 miles of a disputed reef in the South China Sea where Beijing is building a military airstrip.

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    Obama Anti-Islamic State War Strategy Failing
    Oct. 28, 2015
    The Obama administration’s strategy for Iraq and Syria came under harsh criticism from senators on Tuesday as key defense leaders outlined the latest shift in strategy from earlier failed policies and programs.

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    Gates: Russia Sought to Abandon Nuclear Missile Treaty in 2007
    Oct. 27, 2015
    The Russian government told the United States more than eight years ago that it wanted to abandon the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a Senate hearing last week.

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    Secret U.S.-Russia Deal Calls for No Targeting, Close Flybys
    Oct. 22, 2015
    The secret deal between Moscow and Washington aimed at preventing aerial accidents calls for U.S. and Russian pilots to avoid targeting or shooting at aircraft engaged in military strikes, according to defense officials.
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    Air Force Flight Tests Nuclear ICBM
    Oct. 21, 2015
    The U.S. military carried out a flight test of a nuclear-capable Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday, the Air Force Strike Command said in a statement.

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    Islamic State Raked in Over $1 Billion in 2014
    Oct. 14, 2015
    The Islamic State remains one of the most well-armed and well-funded terrorist groups in the world, raking in over $1 billion in revenues last year and capturing up to $50 billion in Iraqi weapons, according to a State Department security report.

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    Asia Times: The Looming Military Showdown in the South China Sea
    Oct. 14, 2015
    After delaying for months, the Obama administration has authorized the US Pacific Command to send warships into the disputed South China Sea, and China is threatening to confront the naval presence as part of an aggressive buildup in the region.

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    China Continues Cyber Espionage Despite Summit Accord
    Oct. 19, 2015
    China’s government continued economic cyber espionage attacks against businesses despite a pledge to halt the practice last month, a cyber security firm revealed on Monday.

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    Afghan Terror Threat Grows as Obama Reverses U.S. Troop Pullout
    Oct. 16, 2015
    The Islamic terror threat in Afghanistan is expanding and poses new threats to the U.S. homeland as the Taliban, al Qaeda, and now the Islamic State build up forces inside the war-torn Southwest Asian state.

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    China Expanding Regional Nuclear Forces
    Oct. 14, 2015
    China is developing a nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile as part of a military buildup of both its regional and long-range nuclear forces, according to a forthcoming congressional commission report.

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    Admiral: North Korea Can Hit U.S. With Long-Range Nuclear Missile
    Oct. 12, 2015
    North Korea is capable of hitting the United States with a long-range nuclear missile, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said last week.

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    Russia Adds 111 Warheads Under Arms Treaty
    Oct. 9, 2015
    Russia has now deployed more than 100 nuclear warheads in its strategic arsenal above the limits set by the New START arms treaty limits—two years before it must meet treaty arms reduction goals.

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    Pentagon, Military Block Use of Chinese Telecom Gear
    Oct. 7, 2015
    The Pentagon and U.S. Cyber Command have blocked the use of telecommunications equipment produced by the global Chinese company Huawei Technologies over cyber spying fears, according to congressional testimony last week.

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    FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe
    Oct. 7, 2015
    The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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    Interpol: Cyber Crime from Russia, E. Europe Expands
    Sept. 30, 2015
    Cyber crime originating from Russia and Eastern Europe is increasing in both scale and sophistication, according to a senior Italian police investigator.

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    Defense Bill to Require US Military Response to Russian Missile Treaty Violation
    Sept. 30, 2015
    A House-Senate conference on the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill has kept language in the legislation that would require the Pentagon to begin development of military responses to Russia’s illegal cruise missile.

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    Russia Again Flight Tests Illegal INF Cruise Missile
    Sept. 25, 2015
    Russia flight-tested a new ground-launched cruise missile this month that U.S. intelligence agencies say further violates the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, according to Obama administration defense and security officials.

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    Pentagon Confirms Unsafe Chinese Aerial Encounter
    Sept. 22, 2015
    After initially refusing to provide details, the Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that a Chinese jet made an unsafe pass near a U.S. RC-135 surveillance jet last week.
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    The China Challenge: Island-building—A Military Threat in the South China Sea
    Sept. 22, 2015
    New details surfaced last week outlining Chinese military activities in the South China Sea where construction on several thousand acres of disputed islands is now the center of Beijing’s bid to gain control the strategic waterway.

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    Chinese Jet in Second Near-Collision with U.S. Spy Plane
    Sept. 22, 2015
    A Chinese interceptor jet conducted a second dangerous pass near a U.S. surveillance aircraft over Asian waters—weeks before a state visit to the United States by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that begins Tuesday.

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    Russian Spy Ship Makes Port Call in Caribbean
    Sept. 22, 2015
    A Russian military ship tracked by U.S. intelligence assets over the past two months as it sailed the western Atlantic arrived at a Caribbean port this week.

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    Obama Blocks Navy from Sailing Near Disputed Chinese islands
    Sept. 17, 2015
    The Obama administration has restricted the U.S. Pacific Command from sending ships and aircraft within 12 miles of disputed Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea, bolstering Beijing’s illegal claims over the vital seaway, Pentagon leaders revealed to Congress on Thursday.
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    U.S. Nuclear Missile Submarine Surfaces in Scotland
    Sept. 17, 2015
    A nuclear-armed U.S. ballistic missile submarine arrived in Scotland this week amid growing tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Russia’s strategic arms buildup.

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    DNI: Russians Hacked U.S. Industrial Control Nets
    Sept. 16, 2015
    Russian hackers penetrated U.S. industrial control networks that run critical infrastructures like the electrical grid, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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    Jeb Hits Obama on Cyber Security Failures, Hillary Email Server
    Sept. 14, 2015
    GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush criticized the Obama administration on Monday for a string of cyber security failures, including Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server that contained classified information.

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    Carter Calls for ‘Unvarnished’ Intelligence Amid Iraq Politicization Probe
    Sept. 11, 2015
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants “unvarnished” intelligence on the military campaign in Iraq following reports of an ongoing Pentagon inspector general probe into allegations that intelligence on Iraq was politicized to support Obama administration views.

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    House Armed Services Chief: Intel Losses, Including Clinton Emails, Caused Serious Damage
    Sept. 10, 2015
    Intelligence compromises over the past five years, including the transfer of top-secret data on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, inflicted serious damage on U.S. national security, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.

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    Russia Building Nuclear-Armed Drone Submarine
    Sept. 8, 2015
    Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons against U.S. harbors and coastal cities, according to Pentagon officials.

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    China Shows New intermediate-Range Missile Capable of Targeting Ships
    Sept. 4, 2015
    China’s display of military hardware in Beijing showcased several new weapons systems built as part of the People’s Liberation Army military buildup, including a new intermediate-range missile capable of attacking U.S. forces on Guam.

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    U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas
    Sept. 3, 2015
    U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials.

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    Pentagon Confirms Islamic State Use of Chemical Arms
    Sept. 2, 2015
    Defense intelligence agencies have confirmed that Islamic State terrorists have used chemical weapons in attacks in Iraq and Syria, according to defense officials..

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    Pentagon Not Targeting Islamic State Training Camps
    Aug. 28, 2015
    The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.

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    Pentagon Silent on Whether Top-Secret Data Was Compromised in Clinton Emails
    Aug. 25, 2015
    The Pentagon on Tuesday sidestepped questions about whether top-secret intelligence, including secrets derived from reconnaissance satellites and aircraft, was compromised after being placed on unsecure emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server.

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    U.S. Deploys Three B-2 Bombers to Guam Amid Korea Tensions
    Aug. 25, 2015
    The Pentagon is deploying three B-2 nuclear-capable bombers to the Pacific island of Guam amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said on Monday.

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    Cruz Calls on President to Release Pentagon Report on Russian Missile Violation
    Aug. 25, 2015
    The White House should immediately provide Congress with a Pentagon report assessing the risks to U.S. security posed by Russia’s violation of an intermediate-range missile treaty, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas).

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    Pentagon: China Expands Military Activities on Newly Created Islands
    Aug. 21, 2015
    China has expanded construction of manmade islands in the South China Sea to a total of nearly 3,000 acres and is taking steps to militarize the islands for power projection capabilities, according to a Pentagon study made public Friday.

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    China Conducts Fifth Test of Hypersonic Glide Vehicle
    Aug. 21, 2015
    China this week carried out another test of a new high-tech hypersonic glide vehicle, an ultra high-speed missile designed to deliver nuclear weapons and avoid defenses.

    (...Full story)

    Russia Nearing Deployment of New Intermediate-Range Naval Missile
    Aug. 21, 2015
    Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials.

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    Islamic State Claims American Conducted Suicide Car Bombing in Iraq
    Aug. 20, 2015
    An American member of the Islamic State (IS) was reported killed while conducting a suicide car bomb attack in northern Iraq last week, according to a social media posting by the terrorist group.

    (...Full story)

    Watchdog: Two National Security Laws Appear Broken in Clinton Email Scandal
    Aug. 20, 2015
    Hillary Clinton and two aides appear to have violated two national security laws by sending classified information on a private email server, according to a former Army counterintelligence agent and investigator for a public interest law group.

    (...Full story)

    China Tests New Long-Range Missile with Two Guided Warheads
    Aug. 18, 2015
    China conducted a flight test this month of its newest long-range missile that U.S. intelligence agencies say lofted two independently-targeted simulated nuclear warheads, according to defense officials.

    (...Full story)

    China Conducts Live-Fire Drills in Disputed Sea
    Aug. 12, 2015
    China’s military launched live-fire naval warfare exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, further raising tensions among states in the region.

    (...Full story)

    White House Blocks Pentagon Report on Russian Treaty Breach
    August 11, 2015
    The White House is blocking the release of a Pentagon risk assessment of Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to a senior House leader.

    (...Full story)

    Strategic Command Focused on Hypersonic Missile Threat
    July 30, 2015
    OMAHA—China and Russia are developing maneuvering high-speed strike vehicles that pose new threats to the United States, U.S. Strategic Command leaders said Wednesday.

    (...Full story)

    Intel Assessment: Weak Response to Breaches Will Lead to More Cyber Attacks
    July 28, 2015
    The United States will continue to suffer increasingly damaging cyber attacks against both government and private sector networks as long as there is no significant response, according to a recent U.S. intelligence community assessment.

    (...Full story)

    Cybercom: Big Data Theft at OPM, Private Networks is New Trend in Cyber Attacks
    July 27, 2015
    The commander of U.S. Cyber Command said last week that the Office of Personnel Management hack of millions of records of federal workers shows a new trend toward using Big Data analytics for both nation-state and criminal cyber attacks.

    (...Full story)

    Los Zetas Drug Cartel Linked to US Helicopter Downing
    July 24, 2015
    A shooting incident last month that forced a U.S. border patrol helicopter to make an emergency landing near Laredo, Texas, was the work of Mexican drug traffickers, and analysts say the attack highlights growing narcotics trafficking across porous U.S. borders.

    (...Full story)

    Secret Iran Deals Cover Military Site, Other Past Arms Work
    July 23, 2015
    The Iran nuclear agreement includes two secret side deals covering a key Iranian military site and other past arms activities, according to two lawmakers who are demanding that Congress be granted access to the documents.

    (...Full story)

    Russian Bombers Flew Within 40 Miles of N. California Coast
    July 22, 2015
    Two Russian nuclear bombers flew within 40 miles of the California coast and one of the pilots relayed a veiled threat during the Fourth of July aerial incident, defense officials said.

    (...Full story)

    Ex-IAEA Leader: 24-Day Inspection Delay Will Boost Iranian Nuclear Cheating
    July 21, 2015
    Allowing Iran to delay inspections of suspect nuclear sites for up to 24 days will facilitate cheating by Tehran on the nuclear deal reached in Vienna, according to the former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency who dealt with past Iranian nuclear cheating.

    (...Full story)

    Chinese Hackers Use US Servers In Cyber Attacks
    July 17, 2015
    Chinese-government linked hackers are using American computer services companies in conducting cyber attacks against private company networks, according to cyber security analysts.

    (...Full story)

    OPM Hack Part of Large-Scale Cyber Attack On Personal Data
    July 16, 2015
    Nine major cyber attacks targeting the personal data of millions of Americans were carried out against federal and private computer networks in the past year, according to an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security.

    (...Full story)

    Nuclear Deal Silent on Iran’s Parchin Military Plant, Bushehr
    July 14, 2015
    The Iranian nuclear deal reached in Vienna contains no reference to the Parchin military facility where most of Iran’s past nuclear arms-related work was carried out.

    (...Full story)

    Defense Secretary Says Iran Nuclear Deal Must Be Verifiable
    July 10, 2015
    The international nuclear deal with Iran now in the final stages of negotiation must be verifiable and cannot be based on trust, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

    (...Full story)

    President to Get ‘Full Range of Options’ For Response to OPM Cyber Attack
    July 10, 2015
    The president will be offered a “full range of options” in response to China’s cyber attack that stole tens of millions of records on government workers, the nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

    (...Full story)



    Senators: Obama Counter-IS Strategy Failing
    July 8, 2015
    President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State terror group came under harsh criticism from senators on Tuesday who said the United States is losing the war by not doing more to attack the group.
    (...Full story)

    Cyber Caliphate Hackers Not Linked to Islamic State
    July 7, 2015
    The hacker group Cyber Caliphate that was thought to be an online arm of the Islamic State has no ties to the terror group despite its cyber attacks in support of the ultra-violent al-Qaeda offshoot, according to a State Department security report.

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