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

  • CIA Director Met High-Level North Korean Defector
    May 18, 2017
    CIA Director Mike Pompeo discussed the potential for fomenting an insurrection against the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea with a high-level defector, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
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    McMaster Debunks Post Story on Trump Leaking Secrets
    May 16, 2017
    White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday denied a Washington Post report alleging President Trump had compromised sensitive foreign intelligence secrets to Russia.

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    Editor's Blog: Trump vs. Media: Release the Memcon
    May 16, 2017
    The media feeding frenzy triggered by a sensational Washington Post story alleging President Trump leaked classified information to the Russians ended abruptly today—like biting into a popcorn kernel and breaking a molar.

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    Microsoft Blames NSA for ‘WannaCry’ Cyber Extortion
    May 16, 2017
    Technology giant Microsoft is blaming the National Security Agency for the cyber extortion that hit hundreds of thousands of computer networks worldwide.

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    North Korea Tested Warhead Reentry in Latest Missile Launch
    May 15, 2017
    North Korea flight tested a new intermediate-range missile the Pentagon assesses was practice for the reentry of a nuclear warhead into the atmosphere, according to defense officials.
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    Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks
    May 12, 2017
    President Trump ordered the federal government to prepare for a devastating cyber attack against America's electric grid amid growing fears foreign states are set to carry out attacks aimed at plunging the nation into darkness.

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    Comey Testimony on Clinton’s ‘Intent’ in Email Case Triggered Firing
    May 12, 2017
    The surprise firing of James Comey was triggered by the ousted FBI director's recent comments on why he chose not to seek the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for using an unsecure email server, according to White House and Trump administration officials.

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    Foreign States Preparing Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure in Future War
    May 10, 2017
    Foreign nations' cyber intrusions into key infrastructure network are preparation for damaging attacks in a future conflict, the commander of Cyber Command told Congress Tuesday.

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    Trump Fires FBI Director for Mishandling Clinton Email Probe
    May 4, 2017
    President Donald Trump fired James Comey on Tuesday after a Justice Department review found the FBI director had usurped the attorney general's authority by closing a probe into Hillary Clinton's use of private email.

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    Yates Feared Russian Blackmail of Flynn
    May 9, 2017
    Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told a Senate hearing Monday she feared former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn was compromised by Russia and that Moscow would blackmail the U.S. government.

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    Asia Times: The dog didn’t bark: What pressure from China on Pyongyang?
    May 6, 2017
    Under threat of military action from an unpredictable US President Donald Trump, China appears to be stepping up efforts to prevent North Korea from conducting a major military provocation.

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    Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide
    May 4, 2017
    The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees.

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    US Commandos Set to Counter North Korean Nuclear Sites
    May 3, 2017
    U.S. special operations forces are set to conduct operations against North Korean nuclear, missile, and other weapons of mass destruction sites in any future conflict, the commander of Special Operations Command told Congress Tuesday..

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    White House Clearance Process Increasingly Politicized
    May 1, 2017
    Security clearances granting access to state secrets have become increasingly politicized in a bid by opponents to block senior advisers to President Trump from joining the closed White House community of those with access secret intelligence.

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    Russia Steps Up Anti-U.S. Military Propaganda
    April 27, 2017
    Russia is increasing disinformation operations aimed at undermining government and public support for American military forces in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.

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    Senators Told North Korea Nuclear Threat Is Urgent
    April 26, 2017
    The Senate took part in a rare White House briefing on Wednesday to hear what senior leaders described as "an urgent national security threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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    Biden Used False Data to Smear Marine Corps Over Armored Vehicle Request from Iraq
    April 24, 2017
    The story on the front page of USA Today in 2007 made a sensational claim: Military leaders in wartime had failed to provide troops in Iraq being killed by roadside bombs with mine-resistant jeeps.

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    Asia Times: UN report reveals how North Korea sources missile technology
    April 21, 2017
    As the US ratchets up pressure on China to do more to help rein in North Korea, a UN report shows how Pyongyang uses technology smugglers and financial institutions to develop missiles and nuclear weapons. China figures prominently in the report.

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    North Korean Submarine Missile Program Advances
    April 20, 2017
    North Korea is making rapid progress on developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles and missile-firing submarines, according to a report by a United Nations panel of experts.

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    New Trump Policy Shift on N. Korea: From Patience to Pressure
    April 18, 2017
    North Korea's test of a nuclear warhead did not take place last weekend amid mounting diplomatic and military pressure from the United States and possibly China.

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    CIA Director Says Syria Missile Strike a Message for Tehran
    April 13, 2017
    CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airfield last week signaled to Iran that the United States is prepared to use force to protect American interests.

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    China Again Asked U.S. to Return Fugitives
    April 12, 2017
    Chinese officials asked the Trump administration to return scores of Chinese fugitives in the United States during last week's presidential summit in Florida.

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    Asia Times: Trump to Xi: Rein in North Korean nuclear threat or US will
    April 5, 2017
    The growing threat of North Korean nuclear-armed long-range missiles will be a central focus of security talks this week between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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    U.S. Ill-Prepared to Stop Widespread Russian Information Warfare
    April 4, 2017
    Russia is engaged in wide-ranging information warfare operations aimed at undermining the United States, and the federal government has few defenses against the attacks, information specialists told a Senate hearing last week.

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    NSA Set to Provide Classified Communications Intercepts to House Committee
    March 31, 2017
    The House intelligence committee will soon receive top-secret documents that investigators expect to reveal whether private communications of the president-elect and his transition team were improperly gathered.

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    State Department Official Supplied Information to Chinese Intelligence for Cash
    March 29, 2017
    The FBI has arrested a State Department official who is charged with concealing extensive contacts with China's intelligence service.

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    London Attack Spotlights ISIS Use of Vehicle Ramming
    March 29, 2017
    The terrorist attack in London on March 22 was carried out by an Islamic jihadist who used a rented vehicle in an attack that killed five people and injured dozens more.

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    Signer of Anti-Trump Letter Withdraws From Pentagon Think Tank
    March 24, 2017
    Patrick Cronin, a liberal Republican China hand who signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Friday withdrew from taking a plum position as director of a Pentagon-funded think tank in Hawaii.

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    Russia Waging Information Warfare, General Says
    March 24, 2017
    Russia is waging a malign information warfare campaign to undermine the United States and its allies, the general in charge of the European Command told Congress on Thursday.

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    Intelligence Reports Reveal Improper Political Surveillance of Trump, Transition Team
    March 23, 2017
    A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered and disseminated secret electronic communications from President Trump and his transition team prior to inauguration.

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    NSA: Nation State Cyber Attack Included Virtual ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’
    March 22, 2017
    Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday.

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    FBI Confirms Counterspy Probe Into Trump Aides’ Links to Russian Election Influence Operation
    March 20, 2017
    FBI Director James Comey said during a contentious House hearing Monday that FBI counterspies are investigating whether aides to Donald Trump coordinated activities with Russia's intelligence services during last year's operation to influence the outcome of the presidential election.

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    U.S. Losing Global Information War
    March 16, 2017
    Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday.

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    Russian Intelligence Behind Yahoo Email Hack
    March 15, 2017
    Russia's intelligence service directed the hacking of 500 million Yahoo email accounts in an operation conducted in coordination with Russian criminal hackers.

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    Islamic State Expands Into North Africa
    March 15, 2017
    A new Islamic State affiliate is gaining strength in sub-Saharan Africa as part of efforts by the Syrian-based Islamist terror group to take over large parts of the continent.

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    Obama White House Blocked Needed U.S. Arms Sale to Taiwan
    March 14, 2017
    The Obama administration blocked a $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan in December that was needed to improve the island's defenses despite approval from the State Department and Pentagon, according to Trump administration officials.

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    Light war: space-based lasers among Beijing’s high-tech arms
    March 10, 2017
    China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.

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    Pentagon: Russia, China Able to Launch Catastrophic Cyber Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure for Next 10 Years
    March 10, 2017
    Critical American infrastructure like the electric grid will remain vulnerable to catastrophic cyber attacks from Russia and China for at least 10 years, according to a Pentagon study.

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    Opposition Leader: Trump Could Help Russia Drive Putin From Power
    March 8, 2017
    President Trump and his administration have a unique chance to convince Russian leader Vladimir Putin to give up power and return the country to the path of democratic political reform, a leading Russian opposition leader says.

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    China Threatens Arms Race Over U.S. Missile Defense
    March 8, 2017
    China on Tuesday reacted harshly to the U.S. military's deployment of an advanced missile defense system to South Korea—one day after North Korea fired a salvo of 600-mile range missiles toward Japan.

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    Los Alamos Expert: U.S. Unable to Conduct Nuclear Tests
    March 2, 2017
    The United States is losing the capability to conduct underground nuclear tests that could be needed in the future to gauge the reliability of the nuclear arsenal.

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    Trump: Yemen Commando Raid Produced Valuable Intelligence
    March 1, 2017
    President Trump on Tuesday told a joint session of Congress that a recent covert military operation in Yemen produced intelligence information that will be used in further efforts to counter terrorism.

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    For White House Counterterror Adviser, Media Attacks Are Latest Theater of Battle
    Feb. 27, 2017
    World War II bomber pilots liked to say if you're not taking flak, you're not over the target. By any measure, Sebastian Gorka, a counterterrorism adviser to President Donald Trump, is in the eye of an unprecedented flak storm from liberal press outlets. The enemy fire proves he must be doing something right.

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    Russia Reveals Information Warfare Troops
    Feb. 23, 2017
    Russia disclosed this week that it has strengthened its information warfare forces amid U.S. charges of influence operations aimed at swaying the outcome of the 2016 election.

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    Iran Renews Destructive Cyber Attacks on Saudi Arabia
    Feb. 22, 2017
    After a four-year hiatus, Iran recently resumed destructive cyber attacks against Saudi Arabia in what U.S. officials say is part of a long-term strategy by Tehran to take over the oil-rich kingdom and regional U.S. ally.

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    Asia Times: China on Edge as U.S. Carrier Strike Group Exercises in South China Sea
    Feb. 21, 2017
    The aircraft-carrier strike group led by USS Carl Vinson conducting naval and air operations in the South China Sea this week is the first challenge to Beijing’s expansive maritime claims to the waters since Donald Trump took office.

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    Analysis: Murder of Kim Jong Un’s Brother Comes After Book Reveals Plan to Use Him for Regime Change
    Feb. 17, 2017
    The assassination of the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week followed publication of a plan to use the relative in an information warfare operation for regime change in Pyongyang.

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    Russian Jets Buzzed U.S. Destroyer
    Feb. 14, 2017
    Four Russian military aircraft conducted low passes against a U.S. destroyer in the Black Sea last week, the first such military provocation since the new Trump administration took office.

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    China’s Defense Ministry Confirms Multi-Warhead Missile Test
    Feb. 10, 2017
    The recent Chinese missile launch with 10 warheads was a normal "scientific" test and not targeted at any foreign nation, according to China's Defense Ministry.

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    Asia Times: In Japan island defense, Mattis shifts China dispute focus
    Feb. 7, 2017
    During his first visit to Asia as US defense secretary, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis last week sought to reassure the United States’ two key allies in Northeast Asia that the new Trump administration plans to work closely with both Japan and South Korea.

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    White House National Security Official Cleared of Gun Charge
    Feb. 3, 2017
    A White House national security official who was cleared Friday of a charge of carrying an unloaded gun at an airport had faced death threats that were investigated by the FBI.

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    Trump Loosens Sanctions on Russian Spy Agency Linked to Election Hack
    Feb. 2, 2017
    The Treasury Department on Thursday announced the loosening of sanctions on Russia's spy service that were imposed by former President Obama for Moscow's intelligence operations targeting the 2016 presidential election.

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    China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads
    Jan. 31, 2017
    China flight tested a new variant of a long-range missile with 10 warheads in what defense officials say represents a dramatic shift in Beijing's strategic nuclear posture.

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    Political Fight Underway Over Trump Pick for Navy Secretary
    Jan. 25, 2017
    A political battle is underway in the Trump administration over whether the president should pick a former Hong Kong-based financier with extensive business ties in China to be the next Navy secretary, according to U.S. officials.

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    Trump’s Pentagon expected to curb military ties with China
    Jan. 25, 2017
    One of the policy changes expected under the new administration of US President Donald Trump will be a scaling back of the Pentagon’s ambitious military exchange program with China.

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    President-Elect Hits CNN, BuzzFeed for False Stories
    Jan. 11, 2017
    President-elect Donald Trump sharply criticized two American news organizations during a press conference Wednesday for publishing what he said were false allegations of attempted Russian political extortion.

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    Intel: Russian Election Hacking Was Long-Term Information ‘Assault’
    Jan. 11, 2017
    New details emerged in Senate testimony revealing how Russia’s Vladimir Putin directed a large-scale information “assault” on the U.S. presidential election to undermine the American democratic system, senior U.S. intelligence leaders disclosed during Senate testimony Tuesday.

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    Asia Times: How China wins the South China Sea war without firing a shot
    Jan. 5, 2017
    China is engaged in a broad-ranging information warfare campaign as part of a covert effort to take control of the South China Sea — in the words of ancient strategist Sun Tzu, without firing a shot.

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    U.S. Intel Report Says Putin Led ‘Cyber-Enabled Disclosure Operation’ to Help Elect Trump, Discredit Clinton
    Jan. 5, 2017
    The CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency concluded in a report made public Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a covert intelligence campaign to boost the election of Donald Trump while seeking to discredit Hillary Clinton.

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    Intelligence Leaders Confirm Russian Influence Op to Undermine Election
    Jan. 5, 2017
    Russian intelligence agencies sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through coordinated cyber and propaganda activities, three U.S. intelligence leaders told a Senate hearing Thursday.

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    iWar book excerpt: Vladimir Putin wages information war against U.S., allies
    Jan. 4, 2017
    Russia under Vladimir Putin has emerged from the decades following the fall of the Soviet Union as a revanchist threatening power that is engaged in strategic information warfare against the United States and its allies. The attacks strike at the heart of the American democratic system and involve a covert action program aimed at influencing the outcome of the nation’s most important political contest: the election of the president of the United States.

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    iWar book excerpt: Chinese Information Warfare: The Panda That Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
    Jan. 3, 2017
    The year is 2028. It is August and the weather is hot. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Col. Sun Kangzhou and three highly trained special operations commandos from the Chengdu military region in southern China are sitting in two vehicles outside a Wal-Mart Supercenter in rural Pennsylvania about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Dressed in jeans, t-shirts, and work boots, the men appear to be just like any construction workers. In fact, Colonel Sun and his men are members of the elite Falcon special forces team. One of the vehicles is a heavy-duty pickup truck with a trailer carrying a large backhoe. The other is a nondescript blue sedan. The commandos’ target today is not a military base but something much more strategic.

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    Obama Sanctions Russian Spy Agencies, Expels 35 Officers for Election Hacking
    Dec. 29, 2016
    President Barack Obama hit back against Russia on Thursday for intelligence operations targeting the 2016 presidential election by imposing sanctions on two Russian intelligence services and expelling 35 officers from the country.

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    Asia Times: China’s military in 2016: Missiles, intelligence and the SCS
    Dec. 28, 2016
    China’s military advanced along several fronts in 2016 in its concerted program to develop new asymmetric and conventional warfare capabilities while continuing to challenge the United States for military control of key waterways in Asia.

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    CIA, NSA Missed Warning Signs of Snowden Betrayal
    Dec. 23, 2016
    Both the CIA and National Security Agency missed warning signs that renegade contractor Edward Snowden was a disgruntled worker who would eventually steal 1.5 million secret documents, according to a congressional study made public Thursday.

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    Russia Conducts Fifth Test of New Anti-Satellite Missile
    Dec. 21, 2016
    Russia successfully flight tested a new missile capable of knocking out strategic U.S. communications and navigation satellites, according to Pentagon officials.

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    Pentagon: China Threatened to Bankrupt Defense Contractor
    Dec. 19, 2016
    A U.S. defense contractor was threatened with bankruptcy by Chinese hackers seeking jet fighter logistics secrets, according to the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

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    Pentagon to Create Hypersonic Missile Defense Program
    Dec. 16, 2016
    The Pentagon is being forced to set up a dedicated program targeting the growing threat of high-speed maneuvering missiles under development by China and Russia.

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    Asia Times: Trump strikes at core of US-China ties with Taiwan rethink
    Dec. 13, 2016
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continued to hammer away at the linchpin of US-China relations this week, questioning the One China policy on Taiwan.

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    The Cyber Threat: Congress Should Investigate Failed Obama Cyber Policies Along With Russian Hacking
    Dec. 13, 2016
    President Obama, under pressure from Congress, has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a deep-dive inquiry into Russian cyber attacks and their impact on the 2016 presidential election and to provide the results before Inauguration Day.

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    China Prepares for Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Dec. 9, 2016
    China is preparing to conduct a flight test of a new missile capable of destroying satellites in space, one of Beijing’s most potent asymmetric warfare weapons.

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    Russia Tests Nuclear-Capable Drone Sub
    Dec. 8, 2016
    Russia conducted a test of a revolutionary nuclear-capable drone submarine that poses a major strategic threat to U.S. ports and harbors.

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    Trump Call Sets Off War of Words With China
    Dec. 6, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump set off a war of words with China less than two months before taking office as Chinese state media on Monday warned of future Beijing action in anticipation of tougher U.S. policies.

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    China Flight-Tests 10 DF-21 Missiles
    Dec. 2, 2016
    China’s military conducted a salvo of 10 missile flight tests late last month in a show of force during the transition to the Donald Trump administration.

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    FBI, Pentagon Counterspies Hunt Fraudulent Navy Contractor
    Dec. 1, 2016
    Counterintelligence agents from the FBI and Pentagon are pursuing a suspected foreign agent posing as a Navy officer who offered fraudulent contracts to defense contractors in a bid to obtain sensitive and embargoed American technology.

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    China’s spies gain valuable US defense technology: report
    Nov. 30, 2016
    China has gained military benefits in recent years from stealing defense secrets through industrial and cyber espionage carried out by its intelligence services, according to a US congressional report.

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    Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.
    Nov. 30, 2016
    The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study.

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

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

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    Asia Times: China watchers expect Beijing to test Trump early on
    Nov. 16, 2016
    Intelligence services around the world jumped into high gear last week in a bid to better understand what to expect under the new American administration following Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory in the US presidential election.

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    Nuclear Modernization, Cyber Security Top Trump Defense Priorities
    Nov. 10, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump’s national security priorities are modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and securing critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)

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

    (...Full story)


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