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

  • Book Excerpt: Influence Power: How China Covertly Operates in the U.S.
    Sept. 4, 2019
    Chinese influence operations in the United States are pervasive and include the use of covert operations to support the objectives of the Communist Party of China in silencing critics of the regime in Beijing.
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    Book reveals how Chinese intelligence steals U.S. tech secrets to dominate world
    Sept. 3, 2019
    "Hey there, do you sell the ‘Poisonivy Program’? How much do you sell it for? i wish to buy one which can not be detect and killed by the Anti-Virus software."

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    U.S. Clears Sale of F-16 Jets to Taiwan
    Aug. 22, 2019
    The Trump administration on Tuesday formally cleared the sale of 66 new F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan in a bid to bolster the island nation's air power.

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    U.S. Tests First Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Since INF Withdrawal
    Aug. 20, 2019
    The U.S. military conducted the first test of a ground-launched cruise missile since the United States withdrew from the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia this month.

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    Stratcom to Name New Command Center for Gen. LeMay
    Aug. 16, 2019
    The U.S. Strategic Command, in charge of waging nuclear war, has a new command and control facility in Omaha that will bear the name of a famous warfighting Air Force general.
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    Russian Nuclear Accident Highlights New Cruise Missile
    Aug. 14, 2019
    An explosion in northern Russia last week highlights Moscow's continued work on a new strategic cruise missile powered by a nuclear reactor.

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    Huawei Planned Covertly to Sell Smartphones in U.S.
    Aug. 13, 2019
    China's Huawei Technologies, the world's No. 2 smartphone maker, covertly planned to sell its smartphones in the United States disguised as non-Huawei devices, according to U.S. officials.

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    Stratcom: China Rapidly Building Up Nuclear Forces
    July 24, 2019
    OMAHA—China is aggressively building up nuclear warfighting forces as part of a larger effort to expand power over Asia and globally, according to senior officials of the U.S. Strategic Command.

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    China Covertly Subverting Trump Reelection
    July 30, 2019
    China is conducting an aggressive disinformation and influence campaign designed to block the re-election of President Trump in 2020, according to a dissident Chinese billionaire who until recently was close to senior Beijing leaders.

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    China Outlines Space War Plans
    July 26, 2019
    China's strategy for developing advanced space weapons were disclosed this week in Beijing's first defense white paper issued in years.

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    U.S. Sides With Vietnam in Maritime Dispute With China
    July 24, 2019
    The State Department has warned China to halt "bullying" in the South China Sea as part of a dispute with Vietnam over oil and gas exploration in the disputed waterway.

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    China-Russia Joint Statement Reveals Disinformation on Strategic Arms
    July 23, 2019
    A joint statement issued last month by the leaders of China and Russia reveals growing strategic cooperation between the two nations and their disinformation themes targeting the United States.

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    PACOM: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World
    July 19, 2019
    China recently conducted the first test of a new anti-ship ballistic missile, firing a salvo of six missiles into the South China Sea in a threatening message to the United States, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday.

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    Republican, Democratic Senators Join Forces to Keep Sanctions on Huawei
    July 17, 2019
    A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to codify in law an export control ban on the use of telecommunications products made by China's Huawei Technologies Ltd, the government-linked telecommunications giant.

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    Network of Chinese Concentration Camps for Uighurs Uncovered
    July 15, 2019
    China's crackdown on ethnic Uighurs in the western part of the country includes a vast network of at least 124 concentration camps along with scores of labor camps and prisons, according to a dissident Uighur group.

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    Exiled Chinese Billionaire Wins Defamation Suit Over False Tweets
    July 12, 2019
    Dissident Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui has won a lawsuit involving tweets and YouTube videos in a rare defamation case involving American social media.

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    US Approves $2.2 Billion Sale of Tanks, Missiles to Taiwan
    July 10, 2019
    The Trump administration is selling $2.2 billion worth of tanks and missiles to Taiwan but has delayed exports of new F-16s over budget shortfalls in Taipei.

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    Silicon Valley Spy Case Links ZTE, PLA to Stolen US Technology
    July 8, 2019
    China's major telecommunications firm ZTE was offered stolen American wireless technology used in filtering electronic signals from cell phones and military communications, according to court documents in a Chinese government-linked economic spy case.

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    Damaged Russian Sub Linked to Underwater Drone Program
    July 4, 2019
    A fire aboard a secret Russian nuclear research vessel that killed 14 Russians may have been involved in secret operations by Moscow to support underwater drone operations.

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    Pentagon: S. China Sea Missile Test Violated Xi Militarization Pledge
    July 3, 2019
    China's military conducted a flight test of an anti-ship ballistic missile in the contentious South China Sea last weekend in violation of a pledge four years ago by President Xi Jinping not to militarize the waterway.

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    China Confirms Submarine-Launched Missile Test
    June 28, 2019
    China's Defense Ministry this week confirmed the test firing of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile the Pentagon regards as a strategic weapon capable of striking anywhere in the United States from underwater launch points.

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    New U.S. Curbs on China Target Supercomputers
    June 26, 2019
    As President Donald Trump prepares to talk trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese entities linked to Beijing's large-scale nuclear arms buildup.

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    Moscow Sends Warships to Havana in Message to US
    June 26, 2019
    Russia has dispatched several warships, including one of its newer missile frigates, to Cuba in a bid to bolster the floundering regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, according to a senior administration official.

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    U.S. Expected to Strike Back for Iran's Downing of Drone
    June 20, 2019
    The United States is likely to take military action against Iran in the coming days for Tehran's downing a U.S. drone in international airspace on Wednesday near the Strait of Hormuz.

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    Bolton: China Continuing Cyberattacks on Government, Private Networks
    June 18, 2019
    China is continuing cyberattacks against government and private sector networks aimed at obtaining intellectual property to support China's military buildup and economic modernization, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton says.

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    Bolton: America Willing to Talk to Iran But Ready to Retaliate
    June 17, 2019
    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said the United States is willing to talk to Iranian leaders to ease tensions but also is set for retaliatory action against Iranian military provocations.

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    China Tests New Sub-Launched Strategic Missile
    June 13, 2019
    China conducted a flight test of its newest strategic submarine-launched missile, the JL-3, coinciding with the visit to Asia earlier this month by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

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    FBI Counterintelligence Is Focus of Trump Campaign Spying Probe
    June 7, 2019
    The ongoing special Justice Department investigation into improper spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 highlights key failings by the FBI's once-storied counterintelligence division.

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    Pompeo Calls on China to Disclose Tiananmen Massacre Details
    June 4, 2019
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China Sunday to make a full accounting of the use of military tanks and troops in killing thousands of unarmed protesters seeking democracy in Beijing's Tiananmen Square 30 years ago this week.

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    House Democrats Seek to Kill Small Nuclear Warhead
    June 4, 2019
    Anti-nuclear Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee are attempting to kill the Trump administration's use of small nuclear warheads on missiles in proposed legislative restrictions this week.

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    Trump Seeks to Add China to New Arms Treaty
    June 3, 2019
    The Trump administration wants China included in arms control talks on extending the 2010 New START strategic arms treaty despite Beijing's reluctance to engage in multilateral arms negotiations.

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    DIA: China Doubling Nuclear Warhead Arsenal
    May 31, 2019
    China is rapidly expanding its nuclear forces with new missiles, submarines, and bombers and will double its warhead stockpile in the coming decade, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said this week.

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    Chinese Video Urges War With U.S.
    May 29, 2019
    China's Communist Party-controlled media stepped up a war of words with the United States recently urging an escalation of the ongoing trade dispute into a full-scale conflict.

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    VOA Fires Two More Reporters for Chinese Dissident Interview
    May 23, 2019
    The official Voice of America radio has fired two more reporters for their role in a broadcast interview with a dissident Chinese billionaire amid charges radio executives caved to Chinese government pressure in canceling the broadcast midstream.

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    Trump Hits Huawei With Export Controls
    May 21, 2019
    President Donald Trump indirectly targeted China's Huawei Technologies with a presidential order signed last week blocking telecommunications companies linked to foreign adversaries from selling equipment to U.S. firms.

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    Navy Again Sends Warship to Disputed S. China Sea
    May 21, 2019
    The United States is finally pushing back against the mounting threats from China, including intellectual property theft, global expansion through coercive economics, and the attempted takeover of the South China Sea, a senior Republican member of Congress says.

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    McCaul: U.S. Pushing Back on Chinese IP Theft and Global Aggression
    May 10, 2019
    The United States is finally pushing back against the mounting threats from China, including intellectual property theft, global expansion through coercive economics, and the attempted takeover of the South China Sea, a senior Republican member of Congress says.

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    Navy Sends Warships to Challenge PLA In S. China Sea
    May 8, 2019
    The Navy conducted the latest freedom of navigation operation in the contested South China Sea on Monday, sending two guided missile destroyers near the Spratly Islands.

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    State Department Policy Leader Unfairly Criticized as Racist, Supporters Say
    May 7, 2019
    The African-American director of policy planning at the State Department has come under fire from liberal anti-Trump critics for comments at a security forum.

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    Chinese Laser Attack on U.S. Aircraft Left Out of Pentagon Report
    May 6, 2019
    The Pentagon's latest report on the Chinese military fails to mention a laser attack that damaged the eyes of American military aircrews near a Chinese military base in Africa last year in an apparent bid to preserve the controversial military exchange program with Beijing.

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    General: America's Power Grid Vulnerable to Electronic Attack
    May 3, 2019
    A senior Air Force general is warning that America's electrical power grid is vulnerable to electronic attacks ranging from nuclear-produced electromagnetic pulse, to tactical electronic weapons from China or Russia, to geomagnetic storms—all of which can plunge the nation into darkness.

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    Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Chinese Espionage Conspiracy
    April 26, 2019
    Former CIA operations officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit espionage for China in a case linked to the loss of numerous recruited CIA spies in China.

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    Prosecutor In Charge of Clinton Email Probe Criticizes Mueller
    April 39, 2019
    The Justice Department's senior counterspy prosecutor who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email probe and the initial Russian election meddling probe recently criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not completing his team's investigation.

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    Former State Department Official Spied for China Since 2007
    April 26, 2019
    China's Ministry of State Security successfully obtained State Department internal documents from an embassy office manager who was paid in cash and gifts, according to court documents in the case of Candace Claiborne, a spy for China since 2007.

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    Russia Reveals New Sub Carrying Nuclear-Tipped Drone
    April 24, 2019
    Russia unveiled one of its nuclear superweapons on Tuesday launching its first submarine capable of firing high-speed underwater drones armed with massive nuclear warheads.

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    GRU Spearphishing Emails Fooled Democrats, Clinton Campaign in 2016
    April 23, 2019
    Russia's GRU military intelligence service used fraudulent emails to gain access to large amounts of sensitive emails and documents that were then disseminated via covert GRU websites during the 2016 presidential election campaign influence operation, according to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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    U.S. Intelligence Institutionally Politicized Toward Democrats
    April 18, 2019
    The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have become bastions of political liberals and the pro-Democratic Party views of intelligence personnel have increased under President Donald Trump, according to a journal article by a former CIA analyst.

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    Chinese Woman Indicted for Illegal Entry to Mar-a-Lago
    April 12, 2019
    A Chinese woman who investigators suspect was working for Beijing's intelligence services was indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida on Friday and charged with two federal crimes.

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    Senators Question Pentagon Plan for Space Force
    April 12, 2019
    Despite growing threats of space warfare, the Pentagon's plan to create a new military branch called the Space Force faced tough questioning on Capitol Hill Thursday from both Republicans and Democrats who voiced concerns about costs, increased bureaucracy, and impact on military readiness.

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    China Using OPM Records for Spying
    April 11, 2019
    China is mining intelligence from an estimated 23 million records of American federal workers, including intelligence and security personnel, stolen in cyberattacks against the Office of Personnel Management, according to a member of Congress.

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    Senior Obama Cyber Official Lobbying for China
    April 9, 2019
    China's government-linked telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies has hired a senior Obama administration cyber security official as a lobbyist, according to a congressional filing.

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    Russian Group Offered Paramilitary Training to U.S. Neo-Nazis
    April 5, 2019
    The FBI has obtained intelligence information indicating a Russian ultra-nationalist group linked to bombings in Sweden and subversion in Ukraine offered paramilitary training to U.S. alt-right, neo-Nazi activists.

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    U.S. to Snub PLA Navy Anniversary
    April 3, 2019
    The Trump administration has blocked the Navy and Pentagon from sending U.S. warships to China to take part in a People's Liberation Army (PLA) naval celebration, according to administration officials.

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    Satellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base
    April 3, 2019
    Commercial satellite images have provided the first photographs of a secret Chinese anti-satellite laser base in western Xinjiang province, along with other high-technology weapons facilities.

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    China Building Long-Range Cruise Missile Launched From Ship Container
    March 27, 2019
    China is building a long-range cruise missile fired from a shipping container that could turn Beijing's large fleet of freighters into potential warships and commercial ports into future missile bases.

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    Pentagon Conducts Successful Missile Defense Intercept Test
    March 26, 2019
    Two U.S. Ground-based Interceptor missiles destroyed a target in space during a successful test of the Pentagon's strategic missile defense system on Monday.

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    National Security Group Reestablished With Focus on China Threat
    March 26, 2019
    China under Communist Party rule poses an existential threat and must be countered with stronger defense, economic, and political measures, according to a new committee of experts.

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    Treasury Sanctions Chinese Companies for Illicit N. Korea Trade
    March 22, 2019
    The Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Chinese companies linked to illicit cargo transfers to North Korea in violation of U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

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    Former DIA Officer Who Spied for China Hated Trump
    March 20, 2019
    A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who spied for China worked secretly as a Beijing agent for five years and revealed in an intercepted phone call he was motivated in part by hatred for President Trump.

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    Controversial Counterintelligence Nominee on Hold In Senate
    March 18, 2019
    The nomination of U.S. intelligence community's most senior counterintelligence official, under fire for overlooking major counterspy failures in the Obama administration, is on hold in the Senate.

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    Trump Administration Approves Sale of F-16s to Taiwan
    March 15, 2019
    The Trump administration has approved the sale of dozens of new F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, the first major warplane sale to the island state in nearly 30 years.

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    U.S. Sends Bombers Over S. China Sea
    March 13, 2019
    The Air Force sent two nuclear-capable bombers over the South China Sea on Wednesday in a show of force challenging China's expansive maritime claims.

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    Senate Panel Seeks Reset of Policies Toward China
    March 13, 2019
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is examining new policies aimed at dealing with the growing challenge from China, the committee's chairman said Tuesday.

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    North Korea Covertly Building Missiles, Nuclear Arms at Civilian Sites
    March 13, 2019
    North Korea is covertly developing and testing nuclear arms and ballistic missiles at civilian facilities in a bid to prevent a "decapitation" military strike against its weapons plants and storage depots, according to a report by a UN panel of experts..

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    Russian Military Chief Outlines Aggressive Anti-U.S. War Strategy
    March 12, 2019
    Russia's large-scale military buildup is being augmented by greater use of non-military warfare against the United States, the chief of the Russian general staff revealed last week.

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    European Commander Wants More Military Power to Counter Russia
    March 6, 2019
    The commander of the European Command told Congress on Tuesday that U.S. forces in Europe need more troops, ships, and weapons to deter growing threats from Russia.

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    Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines In S. China Sea
    March 6, 2019
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new policy on the South China Sea last week declaring the United States will defend the Philippines from an attack by China over a years-long island dispute.

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    Russian Weapons Circumvent New START Arms Pact
    Feb. 27, 2019
    The general in charge of U.S. nuclear forces warned Tuesday that Russia is building three new strategic weapons that circumvent the limits of the New START arms treaty.

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    Growing ASAT Threat Behind New Space Force
    Feb. 21, 2019
    The growing threat to American satellites from Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weaponry was a key driver behind President Trump's directive creating a new space military force.

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    DIA: China to Deploy ASAT Laser by 2020
    Feb. 15, 2019
    China's military is expected to deploy a laser weapon capable of destroying or damaging U.S. military satellites in low earth orbit in the next year, the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency disclosed in a report on space threats.

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    Former Air Force Counterspy Defects to Iran
    Feb. 14, 2019
    A former Air Force counterintelligence official has defected to Iran and supplied Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps with secrets, including information on how spy agencies communicate secretly with recruited agents.

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    U.S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter 'Massive' Beijing Buildup
    Feb. 13, 2019
    The U.S. military is adding forces and bases in Asia to counter a "massive" buildup of Chinese military forces and aggressive efforts by Beijing to expand Chinese communism, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Chinese Spied on Military Electronics in Florida
    Feb. 11, 2019
    A Chinese student linked to Beijing's Public Security Ministry was sentenced to prison last week for spying on sensitive communications gear at a major military base in Key West, Florida.

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    Southcom Says Venezuelan Military 'Center of Gravity' in Crisis
    Feb. 7, 2019
    The commander of the Southern Command said Thursday Venezuela's military and Cuban security personnel in the country are the "center of gravity" in the crisis between competing governments in the capital city of Caracas.

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    China Opposes U.S. Withdrawal From Missile Treaty to Keep Advantage
    Jan. 31, 2019
    China is opposed to the United States' withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty while refusing to join the arms accord to avoid limiting its large missile forces, according to a congressional report.

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    DNI: Beijing Set for 'Ideological Battle' with U.S.
    Jan. 39, 2019
    After decades of asserting China posed little threat, senior U.S. intelligence leaders on Tuesday warned Congress Beijing now represents the most significant challenge to American security as China prepares for ideological war against the U.S.-led democratic system.

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    Grand Juries in New York, Washington State Indict China's Huawei Technologies
    Jan. 29, 2019
    Federal grand juries in New York and Washington state have indicted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies and its subsidiaries for stealing robotics secrets from T-Mobile, and illegally doing business with Iran, Trump administration officials announced Monday.

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    China, Russia Building Super-EMP Bombs for 'Blackout Warfare'
    Jan. 24, 2019
    Several nations, including China and Russia, are building powerful nuclear bombs designed to produce super-electromagnetic pulse (EMP) waves capable of devastating all electronics—from computers to electric grids—for hundreds of miles, according to a newly-released congressional study.

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    Pentagon: Chinese Military Units Training With ASAT missiles
    Jan. 9, 2019
    Chinese military forces have deployed multiple units armed with anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles that can destroy scores of American satellites, according to a Pentagon intelligence report.

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    New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China
    Jan. 22, 2019
    China's technology theft and other unfair economic practices are one of several targets of activity for the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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    Trump to Rapidly Expand U.S. Missile Defenses
    Jan. 17, 2019
    President Trump announced a major shift in U.S. defense strategy on Thursday, ordering the Pentagon to rapidly expand current missile defenses and build new interceptors, space sensors, and advanced technology to neutralize foreign missiles at multiple stages of attack.

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    DIA Details Communist Control of Chinese Military
    Jan. 17, 2019
    China's People's Liberation Army remains a tightly-controlled Chinese Communist Party organ with the main mission of keeping the ruthless party in power, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency report.

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    Huawei Technologies Linked to Chinese Communist Party, Intelligence Services
    Jan. 16, 2019
    Huawei Technologies, the global telecommunications giant at the center of an international diplomatic battle, is a major target in the Trump administration's campaign to halt China's theft of American technology.

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    China Mobilizes DF-26 Missiles in Response to Warship Passage
    Jan. 10, 2019
    China has mobilized nuclear-capable intermediate-range missiles in response to the passage of a Navy warship near disputed islands in the South China Sea this week, according to state-run Chinese media.

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    Pentagon: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia
    Jan. 9, 2019
    The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly and needs rapid upgrading to be ready for any future war with China or Russia, according to a report by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board.

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    Navy Warship Passage Challenges Beijing Control of S. China Sea Islands
    Jan. 7, 2019
    A Navy warship conducted an operation to contest China's claims of controlling international waters in the South China Sea, the Pacific Fleet said Monday.

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    Russia to Deploy Precision Strike Missiles in Western Atlantic
    Jan. 4, 2019
    Russia is deploying long-range, precision cruise missiles to the western Atlantic that American defense officials say will allow Moscow to target Washington and other East Coast cities with conventional or nuclear attacks.

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    China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile
    Dec. 18, 2018
    China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States, according to American defense officials.

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    Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela
    Dec. 10, 2018
    Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials.

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    Chinese Billionaire to Create $100 Million Fund to Aid Victims of Communist Purge
    Nov. 21, 2018
    Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui announced this week he is creating a $100 million fund to aid the victims of Chinese communist repression under current leader Xi Jinping.

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    China Speeding Up Large-Scale Military Build
    Nov. 14, 2018
    Beijing is sharply speeding up a large-scale buildup of military forces in preparation for a future conflict with the United States, according to the congressional commission report made public Wednesday.

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    China's Communist Party Expands Control Under Xi
    Nov. 2, 2018
    China's Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report..

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    Defense Secretary Mattis to Stay on at Pentagon
    Nov. 8, 2018
    Contradicting press reports, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has no plans to step down and leave the Trump administration following the midterm elections, his spokeswoman says.

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    Trump Honors Victims of Communism
    Nov. 8, 2018
    President Trump marked a national observance on Wednesday for the millions victims who died as a result of international communism.

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    U.S. Set for Harsh Response to Foreign Election Meddling
    Nov. 6, 2018
    The U.S. government has prepared harsh responses to any nations or groups that seek to disrupt the midterm elections this week, according to a senior National Security Council official who recently left the White House.

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    China Reveals Plans for 'Phantom' Underwater Drone War Against U.S.
    Nov. 2, 2018
    China's military is preparing to wage autonomous underwater warfare against the United States, including the use of drone submarine attacks on American aircraft carriers, according to the official Chinese military newspaper.

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    U.S. Launches Crackdown on Chinese Economic Espionage
    Nov. 2, 2018
    Amid unfulfilled Chinese government promises not to spy on U.S. companies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced a major initiative to counter multi-billion dollar theft of American technology from Chinese economic espionage.

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    U.S. Indicts 9 Chinese Cyber Spies
    Oct. 30, 2018
    The Justice Department announced the indictment of nine people on Tuesday linked to a Chinese cyber intelligence operation targeting aerospace technology.

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    French Court Rules Chinese Tycoon Died in Accident
    Oct. 30, 2018
    A French judicial probe into the death of one of China's wealthiest business leaders has concluded HNA co-founder Wang Jian died in an accidental fall last summer, according to a prosecutor for the court.

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    China Targets Control Over Internet of Things for Spying, Business
    Oct. 25, 2018
    China is aggressively seeking to dominate the Internet of Things and plans to use access to billions of networked electronic devices for intelligence-gathering, sabotage, and business purposes, according to a forthcoming congressional report.

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    China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran Set For Electronic Pulse Attacks on U.S.
    Oct. 23, 2018
    China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are preparing nuclear electronic pulse attacks from space in a future conflict to cripple the U.S. military and plunge the United States into darkness, according to a declassified study.

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    U.S. Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
    Oct. 22, 2018
    Two Navy warships transited the Taiwan Strait on Monday in a show of force in Pentagon efforts to push back against China's expansive claims to control waters near the communist mainland.

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    Mattis: China's Island Militarization Continues
    Oct. 17, 2018
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis this week voiced new U.S. opposition to China's continued militarization of islands in the South China Sea.

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    Air Force Failed to Protect Frontline F-22 Jets During Storm
    Oct. 16, 2018
    The Air Force lost several advanced F-22 stealth fighters that were damaged or destroyed during the hurricane that leveled Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week.

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    Bolton Warns Chinese Military to Halt Dangerous Naval Encounters
    Oct. 12, 2018
    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bluntly warned China this week that the U.S. military will not ignore threatening naval actions near U.S. warships in international waters.

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    U.S. Arrests Chinese Intelligence Officer for Economic Spying
    Oct. 10, 2018
    The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Chinese intelligence officer who was charged with economic espionage against U.S. aviation companies.

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    Vice President Hits China for Subverting Trump Reelection
    Oct. 5, 2018
    Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday sharply criticized China's communist government for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections in a systematic bid to unseat President Trump from office.

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    China's Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War
    Oct. 4, 2018
    China's new Strategic Support Force highlights Beijing's growing military might and plans to expand both power and influence using space, cyber, and information warfare in both peacetime and a future high-tech war, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.

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    North Korean Financial Hacking Group Revealed
    Oct. 3, 2018
    North Korean hackers are engaged in sophisticated financial hacking operations that have targeted at least $1.1 billion in thefts from nearly a dozen countries ranging from Asia to South America to Europe, according to a new report by a noted cyber security group.

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    China Engaged in Election Influence Operations to Undermine Trump
    Sept. 27, 2018
    China's communist government is conducting overt and covert influence operations aimed at swaying the upcoming November elections in a bid to undermine President Trump, the president disclosed on Wednesday.

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    China Military Cuts Off Talks, Recalls Admiral Over Sanctions
    Sept. 26, 2018
    China's military this week cut off defense talks with the Pentagon and recalled a visiting PLA admiral to protest new sanctions on the Chinese military for arms sales to Russia.

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    FBI Arrests Chinese National Charged as Beijing Spy
    Sept. 25, 2018
    The FBI arrested a Chinese national in Chicago on Tuesday who was working as an unregistered agent of China's civilian intelligence service in secretly targeting American technology from defense contractors.
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    U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
    Sept. 24, 2018
    The United States is vulnerable to a devastating electromagnetic pulse event caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast or solar superstorm, according to a recently published book.

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    Bolton Hits Chinese for Hack of OPM Records
    Sept. 21, 2018
    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed this week that China carried out the cyber attack on the Office of Personnel Management in the theft of more than 22 million sensitive records on American government officials.

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    Chinese Navy Chief Visits U.S. Amid Tensions
    Sept. 20, 2018
    The commander of the Chinese navy is visiting the United States this week amid growing military and trade tensions between the United States and China.

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    Trump Leaning Against Extending Arms Treaty
    Sept. 19, 2018
    Trump administration officials expressed doubts the 2010 New START arms treaty will be extended over concerns about Moscow's failure to comply with that and several other arms treaties.

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    Intel Chair: FBI, Justice Corrupted for Political Spying
    Sept. 14, 2018
    Democrats and their media allies seeking to advance a liberal political agenda corrupted the FBI and Justice Department in improperly spying on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said this week.

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    Russian Bear Bombers Near Alaska Intercepted Again
    Sept. 13, 2018
    For a second time in two weeks, U.S. F-22 jet fighters intercepted two Russian nuclear-capable bombers near Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

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    Cruz: Chinese Want Mexico Radio for Propaganda
    Sept. 13, 2018
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must block the sale of a Mexican radio station over concerns the station will be used for Chinese information warfare, according to Sen. Ted Cruz.

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    PLA Expanding Power Through Belt and Road Initiative
    Sept. 11, 2018
    China's military is a key player in the Belt and Road economic initiative around the world that is being used to expand Beijing's overall global power, a senior Pentagon Asian affairs official says.

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    U.S. Reveals North Korean Behind Sony Hack
    Sept. 7, 2018
    The Trump administration on Thursday disclosed new intelligence information on North Korean cyber attacks, including the attack on Sony, theft of $81 million from a Bangladesh bank, and attempted hacking of defense contractor Lockheed Martin.

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    Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska
    Sept. 6, 2018
    Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska on Saturday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command disclosed.

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    U.S. Lacks Nuclear Weapon for Hardened Underground Targets
    Sept. 6, 2018
    Trump administration plans to upgrade the military's aging nuclear arsenal do not include a new weapon that experts say is needed to blast deeply buried, hardened targets used by Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran to house their leaders and weapons.

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    Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles
    Sept. 5, 2018
    The Pentagon is studying the deployment of space-based missiles and new sensors to counter the growing threat of high-speed missile attacks from China and Russia, senior defense officials said Tuesday.

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    Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks
    Aug. 24, 2018
    China's Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report.

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    Chinese Military Joining Russians for Nuclear War Games
    Aug. 24, 2018
    Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to American defense officials.

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    Russia Influence Operations Seek to Sow U.S. Division
    Aug. 22, 2018
    Russia's aggressive influence and cyber operations targeting the United States are not aimed at supporting specific political parties but seek to sow internal divisions, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.

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    China Spy Ship Monitored US Missile Defense Test
    Aug. 21, 2018
    China is stepping up the use of intelligence-gathering ships to spy on U.S. and allied targets and last year secretly monitored an American missile defense test near Alaska, according to the Pentagon.

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    Pentagon: China Boosts Nuclear Readiness
    Aug. 17, 2018
    China added significant numbers of bombers to its military forces in the past year as part of a large-scale military buildup targeting the United States, a Pentagon's report on the Chinese military says.
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    Indictment Reveals GRU Role in Election Meddling
    Aug. 17, 2018
    A team of Russian GRU military intelligence officers specializing in covert influence operations played the key role in the 2016 election meddling operation while working out of an office building on 22 Kirova Street in Moscow called "The Tower" by GRU spies.

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    U.S. Says Small Russian Satellite A Space Weapon
    Aug. 15, 2018
    Russia has deployed a suspicious satellite the United States says is part of Moscow's plans to attack orbiting satellites in a future conflict, a State Department official revealed in Geneva on Tuesday.

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    Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda
    Aug. 13, 2018
    A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.

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    China Reveals Test of New Hypersonic Missile
    Aug. 10, 2018
    China has conducted a flight test of a new hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead against advanced missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.

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    Defense Bill Pushes Trump Toward Tougher China Policies
    Aug. 8, 2018
    Congress has sent the fiscal 2019 defense authorization act to the White House with several provisions targeting China.
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    Senators Urge Trump to Counter China's 'Debt-Trap' Loans
    Aug. 6, 2018
    A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Trump administration to block the International Monetary Fund from bailing out several underdeveloped nations victimized by predatory Chinese loans made through the Belt and Road Initiative infrastructure development plan.

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    China, Russia, Iran Engaged in Aggressive Economic Cyber Spying
    July 27, 2018
    Foreign spies from China, Russia, and Iran are conducting aggressive cyber operations to steal valuable U.S. technology and economic secrets, according to a U.S. counterintelligence report.

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    America's Adversaries Are Weaponizing Information, NSA Director Warns
    July 26, 2018
    Foreign adversaries have stepped up the use of information warfare to control populations since 2011 and the operations are one of the new threats in the digital age, according to the director of the National Security Agency.

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    Russians Arrest NATO Spy Suspects in Probe of Hypersonic Missile Secrets
    July 25, 2018
    Russian FSB security and intelligence service agents have arrested two people in the defense industry charged with passing secrets on Moscow's hypersonic missiles to western intelligence.

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    U.S. 'Benign China' Policy Ending
    July 24, 2018
    Current and former intelligence officials last week acknowledged that decades of intelligence assessments and policies toward China that viewed the Communist Party-ruled government in Beijing as a benign power are no longer valid.

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    Justice Department Targets Foreign Disinformation Operations
    July 20, 2018
    The Justice Department and FBI are stepping up efforts to combat foreign disinformation and influence operations through prosecutions, counterspy operations, and other legal means, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced this week.

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    FBI Director Warns China is America's Most Significant Intelligence Threat
    July 19, 2018
    China is engaged in aggressive intelligence operations in the United States, ranging from the recruitment of academics to stealing agricultural secrets from farmers, FBI Director Christopher Wray says.

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    Trump Meets Putin in Bid to Reset U.S.-Russia Ties
    July 16, 2018
    President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Helsinki on Monday in a bid to reset relations damaged by Moscow's interference in the 2016 election and the covert Russian takeover of Ukraine's Crimea.

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    Pentagon in Show of Force With Taiwan Strait Warship Passage
    July 10, 2018
    The Pentagon dispatched two guided missiles destroyers through the Taiwan Strait this week in a show of force amid increasing Chinese efforts to coerce democratic Taiwan.

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    Chinese Aviation Firm Seeking Investment in U.S. Aircraft Makers
    July 10, 2018
    A Chinese state-run aircraft and missile manufacturer linked to military programs and past espionage is attempting to purchase interests in major U.S. aircraft manufacturers.

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    China Unjustly Imprisons Christian Leader for Missionary Work in Burma
    July 3, 2018
    China's government imprisoned a Christian minister on false charges of organizing illegal border crossings as the pastor provided humanitarian aid to an impoverished ethnic group along the border between southern China and Burma, according to the lawyer for the American missionary.

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    Controversial State Department Nominee Retiring
    July 2, 2018
    A controversial nominee for a senior Asian affairs policymaking post at the State Department is retiring, the department said Monday.

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    China's Most Powerful General, a Xi Jinping Henchman, Meets Mattis
    July 2, 2018
    BEIJING—Gen. Xu Qiliang is China's most powerful military boss and as vice chairman of the all-powerful Central Military Commission was the last meeting for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a two-day visit to China last week.

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    Mattis Hits South China Sea Military Buildup in Talks with Xi
    June 27, 2018
    BEIJING—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping on China's buildup of military bases on disputed islands in the South China Sea as Xi defiantly stated Beijing would not give up the newly reclaimed islands.

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    Mattis to Meet Senior Chinese Military, Political Leaders
    June 26, 2018
    BEIJING—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in China on Tuesday for talks with China's most senior political and military leaders.

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    Mattis Heads to China for Strategic Talks with PLA
    June 25, 2018
    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will make his first visit to China this week for talks with Chinese military leaders amid growing tensions over China's militarization of islands in the South China Sea.

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    Mattis Goes to Asia for First Visit to China
    June 24, 2018
    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, ALASKA—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived here Sunday for the start of a six-day visit to Asia that will include talks in China amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

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    IG Report Highlights FBI Counterspy Failings
    June 21, 2018
    Disclosures by the Justice Department inspector general of political bias among FBI agents is focusing new attention on problems within the FBI's once-storied counterintelligence division.

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    China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal 'Crown Jewels' of U.S. Tech
    June 19, 2018
    China's government is using a multi-pronged strategy to systematically steal advanced American technology as part of economic aggression against the United States, according to a White House report.

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    Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption
    June 14, 2018
    The FBI mishandled the politically charged investigation of classified information found on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and Bureau agents engaged in improper behavior including a text message threat to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, according to a Justice Department inspector general probe..
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    China Adds Advanced Missiles to South China Sea Islands
    June 14, 2018
    China's military has stepped up militarizing disputed islands in the South China Sea by deploying advanced missile systems on the Spratly islands, according to the Pentagon.

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    Senate to Review Any Future North Korea Arms Treaty
    June 13, 2018
    A future arms agreement between the United States and North Korea should be submitted to the Senate for ratification and the failure to seek advice and consent doomed Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal, a leading senator says.

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    No Breakthrough in Summit Between Trump and Kim
    June 12, 2018
    The historic meeting in Singapore between President Trump and Kim Jong Un failed to produce a dramatic breakthrough on the issue of the North Korean dictator giving up his nuclear weapons.

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    Treasury Hits Russian FSB for Underwater Reconnaissance of Internet Cables
    June 12, 2018
    The Treasury Department on Monday announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Russian entities engaged in targeting undersea internet cables and cyber spying inside critical U.S. infrastructures.

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    Al Qaeda in North Africa Threatens Attacks on Western Companies
    June 11, 2018
    The al Qaeda terrorist group in North Africa last month issued a threat to attack Western companies, and U.S. security officials are taking the threat seriously.

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    Ex-DIA Official Charged as Beijing Spy Used Chinese Cell Phones
    June 5, 2018
    A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer charged with spying for Beijing's intelligence service used Chinese cell phones to communicate with his spy handlers, according to an FBI document.
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    China Flight Tests New Multi-Warhead ICBM
    June 5, 2018
    China moved closer to deploying its newest and most lethal strategic weapon by conducting the 10th flight test of the DF-41 intercontinental-range missile last week.

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    Congress to Crack Down on Chinese Influence in U.S.
    June 4, 2018
    Members of Congress are moving ahead with legislation seeking curbs on Chinese government influence operations in the United States.

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    Asia Times: China in race to overtake the US in AI warfare
    May 30, 2018
    Earlier this month Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping met with senior military scientists as chairman of the all-powerful Central Military Commission.

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    Senators Seek Stronger Action on China in S. China Sea
    May 30, 2018
    A bipartisan trio of senators is urging the Trump administration to take tougher action to counter Chinese militarization in the South China Sea, voicing "grave concerns" over Beijing's regional encroachment.
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    FBI: Iran to Launch New Cyber Attacks
    May 24, 2018
    The FBI is warning that Iranian hackers could conduct new cyber attacks on American businesses and government networks in response to the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

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    Pentagon Blocks China From Joining Naval Exercise
    May 23, 2018
    In response to China's militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that China would not be allowed to take part in the large international naval exercise known as Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC.

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    Artificial Intelligence to Weaponize Fake Videos
    May 23, 2018
    Deception operations using high-quality fake videos produced with artificial intelligence are the next phase of information warfare operations by nation states aimed at subverting American democracy.

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    China ‘Dream' Is Global Hegemony
    May 17, 2018
    China's large-scale military buildup, regional coercion, and economic aggression are part of plan for global domination, experts told Congress on Thursday.

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    House to Probe China Threat
    May 15, 2018
    The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will begin a major inquiry into the threat from China this week in a shift from its past attention on Russian subversion.
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    Trump to Ease Sanctions on Chinese Telecom
    May 15, 2018
    President Trump has directed the Commerce Department to look into easing U.S. economic sanctions against China's major telecommunication company linked to illicit trade with rogue states.

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    Controversial State Department Nominee In Trouble
    May 15, 2018
    The nomination of Susan Thornton to be assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs is in trouble and may be withdrawn, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

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    Russian Nuclear Bombers Intercepted Near Alaska
    May 11, 2018
    Russian nuclear forces dispatch two strategic bombers into the air defense zone near Alaska on Friday and the aircraft were intercepted by American F-22 jets, the U.S. Northern Command said.

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    China Rapidly Building Advanced Arms for Use Against U.S.
    May 11, 2018
    China is rapidly building space weapons and other advanced arms infused with artificial intelligence capabilities as part of Beijing's bid for military dominance, according to a congressionally sponsored study.

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    Iran Violated Nuclear Deal, Bolton Says
    May 10, 2018
    White House National Security Adviser John Bolton revealed on Tuesday that Iran repeatedly violated the 2015 nuclear deal, contradicting statements by U.S. intelligence officials that Tehran was in compliance with the now-jettisoned accord.

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    White House Counters China's 'Orwellian' Disinformation Aimed at Americans
    May 7, 2018
    The White House for the first time has pushed back against Chinese information warfare and propaganda in denouncing attempts by Beijing to impose political correctness on Americans and U.S. companies.

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    Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots
    May 3, 2018
    The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

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    New Evidence of Iran Nuclear Arms Program Likely to Doom Obama-Era Deal
    May 2, 2018
    President Trump, backed by a new hardline national security team along with new evidence uncovered by Israel, is likely to end U.S. participation in the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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    Google Battling Nefarious Actors Trying to Manipulate Search Results
    May 1, 2018
    Google search, the premier internet technology tool used for up to three billion online queries a day, is under constant attack by malicious actors seeking to manipulate its results, a company official says.

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    Democratic Donors Paid $50 million for New Anti-Trump Research
    April 27, 2018
    Anti-Trump researchers are continuing to conduct investigations of President Trump and were paid $50 million by unidentified donors in blue states, according to a House intelligence committee report made public on Friday.
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    China Steps Up Disinformation Effort Against Dissident
    April 26, 2018
    China's government this week intensified a months-long disinformation campaign aimed at silencing exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui.

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    Asia Times: US admiral outlines new military buildup to counter China
    April 24, 2018
    The American admiral slated to head the US Pacific Command is planning a buildup of American forces in the region along with closer alliances as part of the Pentagon's new strategy to counter China.

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    Pacom Nominee: China Military Islands Now Control South China Sea
    April 20, 2018
    China has deployed electronic attack systems and other military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea and is now capable of controlling the strategic waterway, according to the admiral slated to be the next Pacific Command chief.

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    Counterspy Official: Snowden Leak Damage Increasing
    April 19, 2018
    Damage to U.S. electronic intelligence-gathering capabilities caused by renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has increased over the past year, a senior U.S. counterintelligence official disclosed on Wednesday.

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    Ex-CIA Chief Says Obama Rejected Cyber Action Against Russia for Election Meddling
    April 17, 2018
    Despite an unprecedented Russian intelligence operation to influence the 2016 presidential election, former President Barack Obama rejected a plan to conduct retaliatory cyber action against Moscow during the campaign, according to former CIA Director John Brennan.

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    Chinese Spies Engaged in Massive Theft of U.S. Technology
    April 12, 2018
    China is engaged in large-scale theft of American research and technology from universities, using spies, students, and researchers as collectors, experts told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Military Set for Cyber Attacks on Foreign Infrastructure
    April 10, 2018
    American military cyber warriors are ready to shut critical infrastructures in China and Russia during a future conflict by conducting cyber intrusions into their networks, according to the general set to lead Cyber Command.

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    Pentagon: Russia Tested Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Twice
    April 4, 2018
    U.S. intelligence agencies monitored two Russian tests of an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile in recent months and found both tests failed to demonstrate the novel use of a reactor to fuel long-range flight, according to Pentagon officials.

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    Party Directive Reveals Increased Chinese Theft of U.S. Technology
    April 2, 2018
    China's Communist Party recently authorized an aggressive program of stealing U.S. science and technology information by recruiting Americans in the tech sector with access to trade secrets, according to an internal Party directive.

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    Mattis: U.S. Nearly Bombed Russians in Syria a Second Time
    March 28, 2018
    U.S. military forces in the Middle East nearly bombed a group of Russian mercenaries working with pro-government forces in Syria for a second time, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed Tuesday.

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    Asia Times: U.S. trade report lays bare Chinese government cyber-espionage
    March 26, 2018
    China’s government is engaged in a systematic program of cyber attacks on American and foreign companies, according to a US government trade report made public last week.

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    U.S. to Expel 60 Russian Intelligence Agents, Close Seattle Consulate
    March 23, 2018
    The Trump administration carried out a mass expulsion of Russian intelligence officers from the United States on Monday in retaliation for Moscow's assassination attempt against a defector in Britain.

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    Trump to Punish China With Tariffs, Investment Restrictions
    March 23, 2018
    The Trump administration will impose up to $60 billion in trade restrictions on China to counter a concerted program of Chinese economic aggression against the United States, President Donald Trump announced Thursday.

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    House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress
    March 22, 2018
    A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN.
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    Trump Upgrades Taiwan Relations, Angering China
    March 21, 2018
    President Trump last week upgraded U.S. ties with Taiwan by signing legislation into law calling for increased high-level visits to the island by U.S. civilian and military leaders.

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    U.S. Lacks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles Fired From China and Russia, General Warns
    March 21, 2018
    The United States lacks defenses against Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles and needs to speed up work to counter the threat, the commander of the Strategic Command told a Senate hearing Tuesday.

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    Air Force: GPS Satellites Vulnerable to Attack
    March 16, 2018
    Global Positioning System satellites that guide both precision guided weapons and car navigation systems are vulnerable to attack from Chinese and Russian lasers and missiles, Air Force officials told Congress this week.

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    U.S. Sanctions Russian Intelligence Services
    March 15, 2018
    The Trump administration on Thursday imposed economic sanctions on 19 Russians and two Russian intelligence agencies for their role in the 2016 election meddling and costly cyber attacks and penetrations.

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    Shadowy Terrorist Group Emerges in Iraq
    March 14, 2018
    A new group in Iraq called White Flag is coming under close scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies amid concerns the terrorist organization could become a regional successor to the Islamic State.

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    After Tariffs, Trump to Punish China for Intellectual Property Theft
    March 12, 2018
    President Trump's coming tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum imports are the first step in targeting China's unfair trade practices, according to a senior White House trade official.
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    DNI Denies Intel Assessment on Russian Election Meddling Based on Steele Dossier
    March 9, 2018
    Information from the controversial dossier by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was not part of the U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian election meddling, the office of the Director of National Intelligence says.

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    Russian Spy Ship Off Georgia Coast
    March 8, 2018
    A Russian spy ship is currently conducting surveillance operations in waters near a U.S. ballistic missile submarine base in Georgia, according to Navy officials.

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    Pentagon Gearing Up for Space Warfare
    March 8, 2018
    The Pentagon is preparing for war should China, Russia, or other adversaries attack vital American satellites and other space systems, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday.

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    DIA: China, Russia Engaged In Low-Level Warfare Against U.S.
    March 7, 2018
    The Pentagon's top intelligence official warned that China and Russia are engaged in information and cyber attacks against the United States as part of an undeclared low-level conflict.

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    Asia Times: US tailors forces to deter growing Chinese nuclear threat
    March 5, 2018
    Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin unveiled several new nuclear weapons last week in a replay of the Cold War. China, meanwhile, is continuing a similar buildup of high-technology strategic nuclear forces that remains largely hidden from view.

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    Trump to Sign Taiwan Bill Opposed by Beijing
    March 2, 2018
    President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law new legislation opposed by China that calls for increasing high-level visits with Taiwan, according to administration officials.

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    Putin Unveils Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles, Drone Submarines for Attacking U.S.
    March 2, 2018
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, in language suggesting the start of a new Cold War, revealed Russia is building nuclear-powered cruise missiles, drone submarines, and other strategic arms designed to attack the United States.

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    China Violated Obama-Xi Agreement to Halt Cyber Theft
    Feb. 28, 2018
    China's government conducted cyber attacks against American businesses in violation of a U.S.-China agreement made during the Obama administration, the admiral in charge of Cyber Command told Congress on Tuesday.

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    China's Xi to Assume Greater Dictatorial Power
    Feb. 27, 2018
    China's Communist Party on Sunday moved closer to reinstituting the personality cult-like leadership under Mao Zedong by ending term limits for current supreme leader Xi Jinping.

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    Trump Administration Targets North Korean Shipping
    Feb. 23, 2018
    The Trump administration announced additional sanctions on North Korea Friday aimed at curbing shipments used to support the country's nuclear and missile programs.

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    China ASAT Test Part of Growing Space War Threat
    Feb. 23, 2018
    China earlier this month conducted the latest flight test of one of its newest and deadliest strategic missiles—the DN-3 anti-satellite interceptor.

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    Indictment Reveals Russian Influence Operation Primarily Targeted Clinton
    Feb. 21, 2018
    The special counsel indictment of Russian election meddling reveals new details of the operation indicating the covert "information warfare" operation was targeted at preventing the election of Hillary Clinton.
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    State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials
    Feb. 16, 2018
    The nominee for a key State Department Asia policymaking post confirmed Thursday the State Department took part in preventing the FBI from arresting Chinese intelligence officials for conducting illegal activities in New York recently, but asserted she did not take part in the decision.

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    Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force
    Feb. 15, 2018
    Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

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    Intel Chiefs Sound Alarm on China Threat
    Feb. 14, 2018
    U.S. intelligence leaders warned Congress Tuesday that China poses a major security threat by stealing and buying sensitive American technology.

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    Chinese Conglomerate Facing U.S. Sanctions
    Feb. 9, 2018
    China's multi-billion dollar aviation and shipping conglomerate, HNA Group Co., is facing U.S. government sanctions for providing false information to the government committee in charge of reviewing foreign purchases of American companies.

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    FBI Counterspies Under Scrutiny Over FISA Abuses
    Feb. 9, 2018
    Disclosures that FBI and Justice Department officials abused secret surveillance laws by spying on a Trump campaign adviser are raising new concerns about FBI counterintelligence lapses.

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    Mattis Defends Plan to Deploy Small Nuclear Arms
    Feb. 7, 2018
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday the United States will deploy small nuclear weapons on two new missiles to counter growing threats posed by Russia and China.

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    U.S. to Deploy Smaller Nuclear Warheads to Counter Russia's Low-Yield Arms
    Feb. 3, 2018
    The United States will deploy modified smaller nuclear warheads on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and re-deploy sea-launched nuclear cruise missiles to counter Russia's plans for using small nuclear weapons.

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    FBI Used Dossier Funded by Clinton Election Campaign to Spy on Trump Adviser
    Feb. 3, 2018
    The FBI and Justice Department engaged in improper and possibly illegal political spying by failing to disclose to a secret surveillance court that evidence used in targeting a Trump campaign adviser was funded by rival Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an internal House memorandum made public Friday.

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    State Department Says Russia 'Flagrantly' Violated Accord During Aerial Intercept
    Jan. 30, 2018
    The State Department accused Russia of violating an agreement by conducting a dangerous aerial encounter on Monday involving a Su-27 jet that passed dangerously close to a Navy surveillance plane over the Black Sea.

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    Pentagon: China, Russia Soon Capable of Destroying U.S. Satellites
    Jan. 30, 2018
    China and Russia are developing anti-satellite missiles and other weapons and will soon be capable of damaging or destroying all U.S. satellites in low-earth orbit, according to the Pentagon's Joint Staff.

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    Pentagon Denies Chinese Warship Drove U.S. Destroyer From S. China Sea
    Jan. 24, 2018
    The Pentagon on Tuesday denied Chinese Defense Ministry claims that one of its naval vessels drove a U.S. destroyer out of the South China Sea during a freedom of navigation operation last week.

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    Pentagon Shifts Strategic Focus from Terrorism to Nation States
    Jan. 19, 2018
    The Pentagon has shifted American defense strategy from a focus on countering terrorism to dealing with threats posed by anti-democratic states such as China and Russia.

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    Pentagon shadowing Russian spy ship
    Jan. 17, 2018
    Russia has dispatched an intelligence gathering ship to the Caribbean Sea that is being closely monitored by the Pentagon, according to defense officials.

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    Pentagon Confirms Russia Building Underwater Nuclear Drone
    Jan. 17, 2018
    An internal Pentagon nuclear study confirms Russia is developing an intercontinental-range nuclear-armed underwater drone.

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    FBI Arrests Ex-CIA Officer Living in Hong Kong
    Jan. 16, 2018
    A former CIA operations officer has been charged with mishandling secret information about recruited CIA agents, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

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    CIA Director Seeks Stronger Counterintelligence Against Spies and Leakers
    Jan. 9, 2018
    British spy novelist John LeCarre elegantly called it the oldest question of all: Who can spy on the spies? He was talking about counterintelligence—the often arcane business of finding foreign spies who try to penetrate intelligence services.

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    Secret Document Reveals China Covertly Offering Missiles, Increased Aid to North Korea
    Jan. 2, 2018
    China's Communist Party adopted a secret plan in September to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if Pyongyang halts further nuclear tests, according to an internal party document.

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  • How China ran a high-level penetration agent inside the U.S. government code-named "Mother."
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  • How North Korea conducted intelligence-related abductions of Japanese nationals.
  • How Cuba penetrated the Defense Intelligence Agency and other agencies with high-level mole Ana Montes, who spied to help Nicaragua's Sandinistas and then became Cuba's most important agent.
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    Washington Times book review by Gary Anderson


    Excerpts from Treachery
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    Part 2: Libyan sincerity on arms in doubt

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    Eyes Wide Shut
    Washington Times book review by Joshua Sinai

    'Breakdown': A Catastrophic Failure to Think the Unthinkable
    New York Times book review by Sam Roberts

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    Yes: 65 percent
    No: 31 percent

    September 2001
    Yes: 55 percent
    No: 38 percent

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    Part I: Beijing's spies gain access to secrets
    Part II: Clinton critic says he was targeted
    Part III: China prepares for war with U.S. over Taiwan

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    Washington Times book review by Steven Mosher

    Wire stories about 'The China Threat'

    Reviews:

    "There is no Churchill in America today. Where are they to turn then, those patriots in our security services who understand what the fecklessness, stupidity and corruption of the Clinton administration are costing us? It would not be very surprising if they were to seek out a sympathetic journalist, in the slim hope that the American public might take their eyes away from Hollywood and Wall Street long enough to pay attention. If so, their contact of choice would be Bill Gertz, defense reporter for the Washington Times."
    -- John Derbyshire, National Review, Dec. 4, 2000

    "The China Threat is especially strong in piecing together the larger pattern of modernization in the Chinese military and the looming U.S.-China confrontation over Taiwan."
    -- Tom Donnelly, The Weekly Standard, Dec. 4, 2000

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




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