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

  • U.S. Intelligence: Iran Sending More Fighters to Yemen
    May 27, 2015
    Iran has dispatched additional paramilitary forces to Yemen to aid pro-Tehran rebels seeking to take control of the strategic southern Arabian state, according to recent U.S. intelligence reports.
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    Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones
    May 22, 2015
    China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said.

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    Islamic State Expands to Malaysia, Infiltrates Military
    May 20, 2015
    The Islamic State terror group is expanding operations in Southeast Asia where in Malaysia more than 100 Islamists, including some linked to the military, have been arrested in recent weeks, according to a State Department security report.

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    Kerry: U.S. Still Wants Advanced Missile Defenses in Korea
    May 19, 2015
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in South Korea on Monday that the United States is continuing to seek the deployment of highly effective missile defenses there that are opposed by China.

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    Russia Says It Can Deploy Nuclear Arms to Crimea
    May 15, 2015
    Russia’s envoy to the NATO alliance said on Friday that Moscow will bolster military forces in occupied Ukraine, and is not banned from deploying nuclear arms in Crimea.
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    Pentagon Building Up Forces, Alliances in South China Sea
    May 14, 2015
    In a major policy shift, the Pentagon declared Wednesday the United States will directly defend U.S. national security interests in the South China Sea against China’s expansive and illegal maritime claims.

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    Senators Say China Diverted U.S. Nuclear Technology to Submarines in Violation of ’85 Accord
    May 13, 2015
    China has illegally diverted U.S. civilian nuclear technology to its nuclear submarine program in violation of a 1985 cooperation agreement, according to Senate testimony Tuesday.

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    Iran Rapidly Building Cyber Warfare Capabilities
    May 12, 2015
    Iran is rapidly building cyber warfare capabilities and recent reports suggest Tehran is set to conduct cyber attacks on global critical infrastructures, according to a State Department security report.

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    U.S. Spy Agencies Closely Watched N. Korea Underwater Missile Test
    May 11, 2015
    U.S. intelligence agencies closely monitored North Korea’s test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile and were anticipating the launch for several days, according to U.S. officials.

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    China Preparing for Drone Warfare
    May 8, 2015
    China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday.

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    U.S. to Fund Russian Nuclear Security Despite Ukraine Sanctions
    May 8, 2015
    The Energy Department plans to spend more than $60 million in Russia for nuclear security activities at the same time U.S. and European Union sanctions are punishing Moscow for aggression against Ukraine.

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    Some 600 Al Qaeda Terrorists Flee to Somalia from War-Torn Yemen
    May 6, 2015
    Terrorists belonging to the group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are fleeing war-torn Yemen and moving into ungoverned areas of northern Somalia, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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    North Korea Conducts Ejection Test of New Submarine Missile
    May 5, 2015
    North Korea recently conducted a third test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that is part of Pyongyang’s expanding nuclear arsenal, according to American defense officials.

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    FBI Links Chinese Government to Cyber Attacks on U.S. Companies
    May 1, 2015
    Computer hackers linked to the Chinese government used two Chinese telecom companies and the Baidu search engine to mount mass data disruption attacks on American websites involved in circumventing Beijing’s censors.

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    Russia Conducts Nuclear Bomber Flight Near Alaska
    April 30, 2015
    Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers intruded into the U.S. air defense zone near Alaska last week in the latest saber rattling by Moscow, defense officials said.

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    Air Force Watching Falling Russian Satellite
    April 30, 2015
    The Air Force is watching an out-of-control Russian satellite tumbling toward earth that could reenter the atmosphere with some 3,000 pounds of toxic fuel within two weeks.

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    Obama Says U.S. Will Defend Japan’s Senkakus
    April 29, 2015
    President Obama on Tuesday invoked U.S. military defense guarantees for Japan’s disputed East China Sea islands that have been the target of coordinated Chinese military provocations since 2012.

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    House Bill to Seek U.S. Military Response to Russian Treaty Violation
    April 28, 2015
    The House Armed Services Committee approved legislation last week that would require the Pentagon to deploy new weapons in two years to counter Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

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    General: China Space Threat Drives U.S. Space Warfare Buildup
    April 24, 2015
    China’s growing space warfare capabilities are prompting the Air Force to develop military space weapons to protect U.S. satellites and shoot down enemy systems, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said in an interview that aired on Sunday.

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    FBI Warns Law Enforcement on Hacker Attack
    April 23, 2015
    The FBI sent a warning to law enforcement and other public officials on Tuesday to be on guard for cyber attacks from hackers.

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    North African States Work to Undermine Islamic State Ideology
    April 22, 2015
    Egypt and Tunisia are working to discredit the Islamist ideology of the Islamic State terrorist group through promoting moderate Islam, according to two counterterrorism experts from the region.

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    Beijing Warns Clinton Not to Bash China During Campaign
    April 17, 2015
    Two Chinese Communist Party-controlled newspapers published an indirect warning to Hillary Clinton not to criticize China during her campaign for president.

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    JCS Chairman Says Russian Fighter Intercept ‘Reckless and Unprofessional’
    April 21, 2015
    A recent Russian aerial intercept of an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over Europe was “reckless and unprofessional,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

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    U.S. Cuts Nuclear Warhead Levels
    April 16, 2015
    Despite nuclear saber-rattling by Moscow, U.S. nuclear forces are close to reaching warhead, missile, and bomber numerical cuts required under the 2010 New START arms treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

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    North Korea Transfers Missile Goods to Iran During Nuclear Talks
    April 15, 2015
    North Korea supplied several shipments of missile components to Iran during recent nuclear talks and the transfers appear to violate United Nations sanctions on both countries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

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    Russian Fighter Jet Nearly Collides with U.S. Spy Jet Over Europe
    April 10, 2015
    A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon.

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    ONI Reveals Massive Chinese Naval Buildup
    April 10, 2015
    China has deployed a new high-speed anti-ship cruise missile and is sharply expanding an armada of advanced guided-missile warships and submarines, according to a naval intelligence report made public Thursday.
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    Pentagon Gears Up for Robot Warfare
    April 9, 2015
    Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday outlined the Pentagon’s plans for an advanced war-fighting strategy involving robot weapons and remote-controlled warfare.

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    Iran Framework Silent on Key Nuclear Site
    April 9, 2015
    The international framework nuclear agreement reached in Switzerland last week makes no specific mention of Iran’s Parchin military facility—a key location of suspected nuclear weapons work.

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    Northcom: China’s Three Missile Submarines a ‘Concern’
    April 7, 2015
    The Chinese Navy has deployed three ballistic missile submarines at sea capable of striking the United States with nuclear missiles, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command said Tuesday.

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    Verifying Iran Nuclear Deal Not Possible, Experts Say
    April 6, 2015
    Despite promises by President Obama that Iranian cheating on a new treaty will be detected, verifying Tehran’s compliance with a future nuclear accord will be very difficult if not impossible, arms experts say.

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    FBI Warns U.S. Companies of Cyber Terror
    April 2, 2015
    The FBI is warning U.S. companies that cyber terrorists from the Middle East and North Africa are planning to conduct cyber attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests next week.

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    China Sharply Boosts Cyber Warfare Funding
    April 1, 2015
    China’s government is sharply increasing its investment in cyber warfare programs in what U.S. intelligence officials say is a major attempt to compete with superior U.S. military cyber capabilities.

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    Russia Again Flight Tests New ICBM to Treaty-Violating Range
    March 31, 2015
    Russia conducted a flight test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month that some U.S. officials and security analysts say is a new violation of Moscow’s arms control treaty commitments.

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    Military Gears Up for Space Warfare
    March 26, 2015
    Pentagon, military, and intelligence officials outlined plans on Wednesday for warfare in space and warned China not to attack U.S. satellites in any future conflict.

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    China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat
    March 25, 2015
    China’s recent test of a missile designed to shoot down satellites in low-earth orbit highlights a growing threat of space weapons, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday.

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    Northcom: Russian Cruise Missile Threat to U.S. Grows
    March 20, 2015
    Russia is developing a long-range cruise missile that poses a new threat to the United States, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command warned this week.

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    Islamic State Rises in Libya
    March 20, 2015
    The Islamic State terrorist group is expanding its operations in Libya with high-profile attacks following the recent beheadings of 21 Christians, according to a State Department security report.

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    U.S. Confirms North Korean Sub Missiles
    March 19, 2015
    The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of U.S. nuclear missile forces, confirmed on Thursday that North Korea is developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

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    Chiefs: Budget Cuts Weaken Force, Increase Risk of Losing Wars
    March 18, 2015
    U.S. military capabilities declined during the Obama administration and deep defense spending cuts are increasing the risk that American forces will lose a future war, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Japanese Warship Captain Set to Counter N. Korean Missiles
    March 17, 2015
    TOKYO—North Korea is increasing its missile capabilities that pose a growing threat to Japan, which has deployed sea-based missile defenses as a key element of its military forces, the commander of one of Japan’s four Aegis-equipped missile defense ships says.

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    Japan Rising: Tokyo building forces to counter China
    March 16, 2015
    TOKYO—Japan is building up its military forces and strengthening alliances to counter threats from China as the country emerges from decades of isolationism following its defeat in World War II.

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    North Korea Dwarf Village Is Latest Human Rights Abuse
    March 13, 2015
    TOKYO – North Korea’s communist government has created a dwarf village in a remote part of the country where short people it regards as undesirables are prevented from reproducing and forced to fend for themselves within the harsh Stalinist system.

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    China Doubles Aid to North Korea Under Kim Jong-Un
    March 11, 2015
    SEOUL – Four years after taking power, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, is solidifying control within the reclusive communist state and international sanctions meant to punish his regime have made little impact because of sharply increasing Chinese aid.

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    Defector: North Korean Troops Starving
    March 10, 2015
    SEOUL—North Korean soldiers, including elite special forces troops, are facing severe food shortages along with the rest of the population, according to a recent defector from the Korean People’s Army, the North’s communist army.

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    China Works to Block U.S. Missile Defense Deployment
    March 4, 2015
    SEOUL—China is engaged in an international influence campaign to block South Korea from joining U.S.-led regional missile defenses, according to current and former U.S. officials.

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    U.S. Ambassador Injured in Attack
    March 4, 2015
    SEOUL – The American ambassador to South Korea was injured in a politically motivated attack by a man wielding a razor on Thursday amid growing anti-U.S. tensions in the country.

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    NATO Commander Urges Pressure on Moscow Over Missile Treaty Breach
    March 2, 2015
    The commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO is calling for pressuring Russia against deploying new cruise missiles that violate the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.

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    DNI: 2014 Was Deadliest Year for Terror Attacks in 45 Years
    Feb. 27, 2015
    Terrorist attacks and resulting deaths increased sharply last year, according to statistics made public Thursday by the director of national intelligence.

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    China Rebuffs U.S. Request to Halt S. China Sea Island Work
    Feb. 26, 2015
    China rejected an appeal from the Obama administration earlier this month to halt “destabilizing” construction on disputed islets in the South China Sea, according to U.S. officials.

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    China Rebuffs U.S. Request to Halt S. China Sea Island Work
    Feb. 26, 2015
    China rejected an appeal from the Obama administration earlier this month to halt “destabilizing” construction on disputed islets in the South China Sea, according to U.S. officials.

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    NSA Director: Snowden’s Leaks Helped Terrorists Avoid Tracking
    Feb. 24, 2015
    Disclosures of National Security Agency secrets by the former contractor Edward Snowden have damaged U.S. efforts to battle terrorists, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers said on Monday.

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    Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries
    Feb. 20, 2015
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said.

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    North Korea Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
    Feb. 18, 2015
    North Korea conducted the first flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month, defense officials said this week.

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    NSA Braced for New Leaks
    Feb. 13, 2015
    The National Security Agency, still reeling from massive leaks caused by Edward Snowden, is preparing to be hit with another major loss of secrets, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

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    Russian Intel Ship Spying on US Missile Submarines
    Feb. 13, 2015
    A Russian intelligence-gathering ship is again plying the waters off the southern United States in operations aimed at spying on U.S. ballistic missile submarines based in the area, defense officials said.

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    Chinese Military Weaknesses Revealed
    Feb. 12, 2015
    China’s military made substantial strides in building modern armed forces but remains fundamentally weak due to problems with combat capabilities, Party controls, and corruption, according to a congressional study made public Wednesday.

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    Report: Crime, Anti-American Harassment in Russia Grows
    Feb. 11, 2015
    Anti-American sentiment and criminal activities have increased in Moscow since Russian forces took over Ukraine’s Crimea and continue to destabilize eastern Ukraine, a recent State Department security report reveals.

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    Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest
    Feb. 10, 2015
    HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.

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    Defense Nominee Says US Set to Build INF Missile
    Feb. 6, 2015
    Defense Secretary-designate Ashton B. Carter said this week he is prepared to counter Moscow’s violation of a nuclear missile treaty by building U.S. nuclear cruise missiles.

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    DIA: Islamic State Spreading Beyond Syria and Iraq
    Feb. 3, 2015
    The ultra-violent Islamic State terrorist group is expanding beyond Syria and Iraq and is establishing a foothold in Libya, which is becoming a safe haven for terrorists, the nation’s top military intelligence official told Congress Tuesday.

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    Navy Intel Officer Warns of Future China Conflict
    Feb 2, 2015
    HONOLULU—China’s ruling Communist Party is “rejuvenating” and preparing for a military conflict in Asia, the outgoing intelligence chief of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet is warning.

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    China’s Secret Strategy Exposed
    Feb. 2, 2015
    China launched a secret 100-year modernization program that deceived successive U.S. administrations into unknowingly promoting Beijing’s strategy of replacing the U.S.-led world order with a Chinese communist-dominated economic and political system, according to a new book by a longtime Pentagon China specialist.

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    Pentagon Warns of Chinese Arms Dominance
    Jan. 28, 2015
    China’s development of precision weapons and other advanced capabilities has undermined U.S. military superiority, the Pentagon’s senior weapons developer told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Spy Ring Arrest Highlights Jump in Russian Spying Under Putin
    Jan. 28, 2015
    The arrest of a Russian SVR intelligence officer and identification of two of his accomplices in New York this week highlights aggressive spying operations around the world under Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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    Photos Show China Military Buildup on Island Near Senkakus
    Jan. 27, 2015
    Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing’s buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan’s Senkaku islands.

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    U.S. Commander in Korea Leads Secret Strategy Session
    Jan. 26, 2015
    The commander of U.S. military forces in Korea is leading a high-level military strategy meeting this week examining how U.S. forces would respond to North Korea’s new mobile long-range missiles and the use of other weapons and capabilities, according to defense officials.

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    NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets
    Jan. 22, 2015
    China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents.

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    Obama Touts Pacifist National Security Policies in State of the Union Speech
    Jan. 20, 2015
    President Obama, in his annual state of the union speech, defended six years of pacifist, diplomacy-dominated national security policies that he portrayed as aimed at defeating new threats and protecting the planet.

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    President to Defend Diplomacy-Oriented National Security Policies
    Jan. 20, 2015
    President Obama will defend his administration’s record of dealing with growing foreign terrorist threats and the limited use of military power in favor of diplomacy during Tuesday night’s state of the union speech.

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    Obama Cuba Initiative Prompts New Fears of Gitmo Naval Base Giveaway
    Jan. 7, 2015
    President Obama’s drive to normalize ties with communist Cuba is raising new concerns among security officials and experts that the administration will give up the strategic naval base at Guantanamo Bay in deal with Havana.

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    NOAA Employee Charged With Computer Breach Met Senior Chinese Official in Beijing
    Jan. 6, 2015
    A federal weather service employee charged with stealing sensitive infrastructure data from an Army Corps of Engineers database met a Chinese government official in Beijing, according to court documents that reveal the case to be part of an FBI probe of Chinese economic espionage.

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    Chinese Military Confirms DF-41 Flight Test
    Dec. 26, 2014
    China’s People’s Liberation Army on Thursday confirmed that its military conducted a flight test of a new long-range missile that U.S. intelligence agencies say involved the use of simulated multiple warheads.

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    Week in Cyber Threat Space: FBI secrecy, White House passivity give North Korea major information warfare victory
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The Obama administration’s passive approach to cyber attacks, combined with a lack of competent policy leaders, provided the backdrop to a major North Korean information warfare victory last week. North Korean hackers succeeded in forcing Sony Pictures Entertainment, an $8 billion corporation, to scuttle release of a major motion picture.

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    Federal Security Unit Warns Sony Malware Could Spread
    Dec. 19, 2014
    The federal government issued a warning Friday about additional cyber attacks using the malicious software from the Sony Pictures cyber attack.

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    Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.

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    DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants
    Dec. 18, 2014
    North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report.

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    China Tests ICBM With Multiple Warheads
    Dec. 18, 2014
    China carried out a long-range missile flight test on Saturday using multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, according to U.S. defense officials.

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    Week in Cyber Threat Space: FBI secrecy, White House passivity give North Korea major information warfare victory
    Dec. 20, 2014
    The Obama administration’s passive approach to cyber attacks, combined with a lack of competent policy leaders, provided the backdrop to a major North Korean information warfare victory last week. North Korean hackers succeeded in forcing Sony Pictures Entertainment, an $8 billion corporation, to scuttle release of a major motion picture.

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    State Department Backs Off Controversial ASAT Test Ban Proposal
    Dec. 16, 2014
    The Obama administration is shelving a controversial arms control initiative that would ban destructive tests of anti-satellite weapons following opposition from the Pentagon over concerns the ban would limit U.S. space activities, according to defense and congressional officials.

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    DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document.

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    Pentagon Considering Deployment of Nuclear Missiles in Europe
    Dec. 11, 2014
    The Pentagon is considering the re-deployment of nuclear cruise missiles in Europe in response to a new Russian cruise missile that the United States has charged violates a 1987 nuclear treaty, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

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    China Confirms Third Test of Hypersonic Missile
    Dec. 10, 2014
    China on Wednesday confirmed that it carried out a third flight test of a new hypersonic strike vehicle that U.S. officials say is part of efforts by Chinese nuclear forces to penetrate U.S. strategic missile defenses.

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    Congress Mandates Report on Russian Nuclear Treaty Cheating
    Dec. 10, 2014
    The pending national defense authorization bill would require the Obama administration to fully explain Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

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    French Company Suspends Sale of Spy Satellites to Russian Military
    Dec. 9, 2014
    A French satellite company has suspended a deal with Moscow to build spy satellites for the Russian military amid U.S. concerns the satellites will contain U.S.-origin technology and violate sanctions and U.S. export controls.

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    Chinese Communist Party Expels Former Senior Leader
    Dec. 5, 2014
    China’s Communist Party has expelled Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the collective dictatorship that rules the country and once Beijing’s most senior security official.

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    Centcom: No Clear Links to Taliban in Killing of Army Two-Star
    Dec. 4, 2014
    An investigation into the Afghan national police officer who shot and killed a U.S. Army general in Kabul last August found “no clear evidence” the shooter was part of the Taliban or a terrorist group, according to a U.S. Central Command report.

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    China Conducts Third Flight Test of Hypersonic Strike Vehicle
    Dec. 4, 2014
    China conducted the third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week as part of its strategic nuclear program and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of defeating U.S. countermeasures, defense officials said.

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    Black Racist Group Plotted Bombing, Assassination but Charged with Gun Crime
    Dec. 3, 2014
    The communist and racist New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges.

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    DNI Combines Security Functions with Counterintelligence Unit
    Dec. 2, 2014
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Monday the creation of a new security and counterintelligence center that critics say will diminish U.S. spy hunting efforts.

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    House Report Says CIA Monitored Arms Shipments to Syria
    Nov. 26, 2014
    The CIA was spying on arms shipments from Libya to Syrian rebels at the time of the 2012 attack on its Benghazi facility, according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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    Hagel Tells Congress He is Unaware if Cash Paid in Failed Hostage Release
    Nov. 25, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told a member of the House Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon has no information about a covert U.S. Special Forces ransom payment earlier this year that was made in a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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    Russia, China, Iran Waging Political Warfare, Report Says
    Nov. 25, 2014
    Russia, China, Iran, and Islamists are waging unconventional warfare around the world, and the United States currently lacks a clear strategy to counter the threat, according to a recent report by the Army Special Operations Command.

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    North Korea Conducts Ejection Test of Sub-Launched Missile
    Nov. 21, 2014
    North Korea recently conducted a test of an ejection launcher that U.S. intelligence agencies assess is part of Pyongyang’s recently discovered submarine-launched ballistic missile program.

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    Report: China nuclear forces significantly expanding
    Nov. 20, 2014
    China’s nuclear forces are expanding and details about the nation’s strategic weapons programs remain hidden by Beijing’s secrecy, according to the annual report of the congressional U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission.

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    U.S. Electrical, Financial Networks Mapped for Future Cyber Attacks
    Nov. 20, 2014
    Critical U.S. infrastructures are being penetrated by foreign states in preparation for devastating future cyber attacks designed to cripple electrical power, communications and financial networks, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

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    Russian Bombers Threaten Guam
    Nov. 19, 2014
    Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defense officials say is the latest in a series of nuclear provocations by Moscow.

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    Congress: Military Left Out of Space Arms Control Talks
    Nov. 11, 2014
    The State Department is pursuing space arms control agreements without formal coordination at the Pentagon, and two members of Congress warned yesterday that such an accord would undermine U.S. national security.

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    China Flight Tests New Stealth Jet During Obama Visit/font>
    Nov. 11, 2014
    China’s military upstaged the Asian economic summit in Beijing this week by conducting flights tests of a new stealth jet prototype, as the White House called on Beijing to halt its cyber attacks.

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    U.S. Reports Signs of Division within Beijing Leadership
    Nov. 11, 2014
    Signs of a serious division within the ruling Communist Party of China are emerging over a crackdown on corruption led by current leader Xi Jinping, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report on the division.

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    Russia Moving Missiles, Rockets Toward Eastern Ukraine
    Nov. 6, 2014
    Russia is sending additional military forces toward the border with eastern Ukraine, including units equipped with ballistic missiles, as part of Moscow’s ongoing destabilization effort in support of pro-Russian rebels.

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    Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More European Flights
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Russian nuclear-capable bombers conducted a third day of military runs along Europe’s coasts on Friday as part of heightened strategic activities by Moscow, the NATO alliance said.

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    Moscow Suspected in Hack of U.S. Industrial Control Systems
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Industrial control systems used to operate critical U.S. infrastructure including water and energy systems are under attack from cyber actors using malicious software implanted in numerous control systems, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

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    New Chinese Intelligence Unit Linked to Massive Cyber Spying Program
    Oct. 31, 2014
    A Chinese intelligence unit carried out a massive cyber espionage program that stole vast quantities of data from governments, businesses and other organizations, security analysts who uncovered the operation said Thursday.

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    Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult
    Oct. 30, 2014
    The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers.

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    Satellite Photos Show N. Korean Test Stand for Submarine Missile
    Oct. 28, 2014
    Satellite images of a North Korean submarine facility show what appears to be a missile tube being developed for a future ballistic missile submarine.

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    Al Qaeda Targets Oil Tankers, Sea Lanes
    Oct. 28, 2014
    Al Qaeda is urging jihadists to conduct attacks on U.S. and foreign oil tankers and strategic sea lanes in a new global campaign of economic warfare against the United States, according to the terrorist group’s latest English-language magazine.

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    China Ties to North Korean Ally Decline
    Oct. 22, 2014
    Once described as “closer than lips and teeth,” Chinese relations with fraternal communist ally North Korea declined to the lowest level in decades this year, according to a draft congressional report.

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    Army Rapid Deployment Force to Secure U.S. Missile Defense Field in War Games
    Oct. 21, 2014
    Army Rapid Deployment Force to Secure U.S. Missile Defense Field in War Games

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    New Russian Cyber Spying Campaign Bolsters Need for Continued NSA Use of Software Holes
    Oct. 9, 2014
    The National Security Agency should not be restricted from using software holes in overseas spying following disclosure Tuesday that Russian hackers conducted a major cyber espionage campaign using a flaw in Microsoft Windows, a former NSA official says.

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    Islamic State Commander Key Figure Behind Recent Military Gains
    Oct. 14, 2014
    A Chechen jihadist is emerging as a key Islamic State military commander credited with a series of recent military gains in central Iraq that has left the capital of Baghdad increasingly vulnerable to attack.

    (...Full story)

    China Military Buildup Shifts Balance of Power in Asia in Beijing’s Favor
    Oct. 13, 2014
    China’s decades-long buildup of strategic and conventional military forces is shifting the balance of power in Asia in Beijing’s favor and increasing the risk of a conflict, according to a forthcoming report by a congressional China commission.

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    Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea
    Oct. 9, 2014
    The State Department is warning travelers to Uganda of the dangers of exposure to a deadly Ebola-like disease in that country following the death of a healthcare worker in the country’s capital.

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    State Department Warns of Ebola-like Disease Outbreak in Uganda
    Oct. 7, 2014
    The Obama administration is failing to wage ideological war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists over fears that attacking its religious philosophy will violate the constitutional divide between church and state, according to an in-depth inquiry by the Washington Free Beacon.

    (...Full story)

    Surrender in the War of Ideas
    Oct. 7, 2014
    The Obama administration is failing to wage ideological war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists over fears that attacking its religious philosophy will violate the constitutional divide between church and state, according to an in-depth inquiry by the Washington Free Beacon.

    (...Full story)

    China Conducts Flight Test of New Mobile ICBM
    Oct. 2, 2014
    China’s military has conducted the first flight test of a new variant of one of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in a sign that Beijing is increasing its strategic strike capability against the United States.

    (...Full story)

    Terrorists on the Move
    Sept. 26, 2014
    Members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) are fleeing Syria for safer positions in Iraq, as rival Syrian al Qaeda forces also began moving their forces to avoid U.S. bombing attacks, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.

    (...Full story)

    China, United States Hold Secret Cyber Talks
    Sept. 25, 2014
    Chinese officials held closed-door talks in Washington last week with U.S. cyber security counterparts despite Beijing’s formal cutoff of talks on the subject following the federal indictment of Chinese military hackers.

    (...Full story)

    Islamic State Steps Up Propaganda After Strikes, Urges Lone-Wolf Attacks
    Sept. 23, 2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has stepped up propaganda operations following Monday’s U.S.-led airstrikes against the group in Syria.

    (...Full story)

    Al Qaeda in Syria Was Close to Launching Attack on U.S., Europe
    Sept. 23, 2014
    The Obama administration’s war on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) included the first direct attack on traditional al Qaeda terrorists in Syria during airstrikes Monday. Officials said the strikes were aimed at heading off an imminent terror attack against the United States or Europe.

    (...Full story)

    Russian Nuclear Bombers Buzz Alaska, N. Europe
    Sept. 19, 2014
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.

    (...Full story)

    Chinese Military-Linked Telecom Firm Shipped U.S. Equipment to Cuba
    Sept. 19, 2014
    A Chinese telecommunications company linked to the People’s Liberation Army provided U.S.-origin equipment to Cuba in apparent violation of U.S. economic sanctions on the communist-ruled island.

    (...Full story)

    Russia Stonewalls U.S. on Charges of Nuclear Missile Treaty Breach
    Sept. 16, 2014
    Russia is refusing to discuss U.S. charges that Moscow violated the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty by building a cruise missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. officials.

    (...Full story)

    White House Rejects Chinese Demand to End U.S. Spy Flights
    Sept. 15, 2014
    National Security Adviser Susan Rice was pressed by Chinese leaders last week to end all U.S. surveillance flights near China, and the White House said Monday that the flights will continue.

    (...Full story)

    Obama Goes to War
    Sept. 10, 2014
    Nearly six years into a presidency devoted to ending wars, President Obama on Wednesday announced he is launching a new global war against the ultra-violent al Qaeda terror group known as the Islamic State.

    (...Full story)

    Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US
    Sept. 8, 2014
    Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.

    (...Full story)

    FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents
    Sept. 5, 2014
    Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting leftist American academics and university professors as spies and influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.

    (...Full story)

    Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11
    Sept. 2, 2014
    Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.

    (...Full story)



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