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CIA drone strike kills 17 terrorists in Pakistan
July 3, 2013
The CIA on Wednesday carried out a major unmanned aircraft attack on a house in northern Pakistan and killed 17 suspected terrorists linked to the Haqqani Network, according to a Pakistani think tank.
Russia deploying new missile defense radar while seeking curbs on U.S. defenses
July 3, 2013
Russia’s military has completed work on a new missile defense radar in southern Russia that has some U.S. military officials worried Moscow is building up offensive and defensive strategic forces in destabilizing combination.
Up to 6,000 jihadists now fighting with al Qaeda groups
July 2, 2013
Thousands of foreign terrorists traveled to Syria over the past several months to wage jihad, or holy war, in what U.S. officials say is fast becoming a new international terror training ground.
Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability
June 28, 2013
U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected Iran conducting a static ground test of a large rocket motor that could be used for a future intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to U.S. officials.
Libyans release suspect linked to Benghazi attack
June 27, 2013
Libya’s government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi.
U.S. officials: China, Russia gained access to Snowden's secrets
June 26, 2013
Intelligence agencies in China and Russia gained access to highly classified U.S. intelligence and military information contained on electronic media held by renegade former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, according to U.S. officials.
Russia said to be violating 1987 missile accord
June 25, 2013
Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
North Korean web sites go dark after Anonymous hack
June 20, 2013
Websites in North Korea were shut down early on Thursday after the anarchist group Anonymous reported stealing secret data from the reclusive communist state on Pyongyang’s missile programs.
Obama Directs New Limits on Pentagon Nuclear Weapons Use
June 20, 2013
President Barack Obama this week ordered new limits on the use of U.S. nuclear weapons and called for sharp warhead cuts in a speech in Berlin aimed at what he called achieving “peace with justice.”
Al Qaeda Terrorist Threat Is Growing
June 19, 2013
The threat posed by al Qaeda terrorism around the world continues to increase despite President Barack Obama’s recent claim that the central group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is on the path to defeat, according to U.S. and foreign counterterrorism officials and private experts.
Obama expected to face questioning on surveillance, drone strikes, pivot to Asia in meeting with Merkel
June 18, 2013
President Barack Obama arrived in Germany Tuesday night for his first official visit as president to a key European ally where he is expected to face questions from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday amid new disclosures about widespread U.S. electronic surveillance.
Covert U.S. military aid likely to boost al Qaeda-dominated rebels in Syria
June 18, 2013
The White House announcement of covert military aid to Syrian rebels marks a major shift in the U.S.-led war on terrorism as the United States for the first time will be backing a coalition of groups that includes al Qaeda-affiliated rebels, according to U.S. intelligence officials and experts.
House votes to limit implementation of New START arms pact with Russia
June 17, 2013
The House last week voted to restrict implementation of the 2010 New START arms treaty with Russia until the Obama administration outlines its plans for nuclear cuts.
Foreign Fighters Moving In to Afghan Province Near Kabul
June 14, 2013
Afghan officials warned recently that terrorists from Pakistan are infiltrating into Wardak Province near Kabul as security deteriorates amid suicide bombings and insider attacks by the Taliban.
Pentagon fears compromise of electronic intelligence to China
June 13, 2013
The Pentagon is concerned that a former National Security Agency contractor who is now in Hong Kong will compromise top-secret electronic intelligence programs targeted against China, according to a defense official.
NSA Leak Prompts Countermeasures by Terrorists
June 11, 2013
Jihadist websites urged terrorists to change passwords and shift communications to more secure means following the recent disclosure of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance of the Internet, according to U.S. officials.
Secret presidential order reveals policies for waging offensive, defensive cyber warfare
June 11, 2013
President Barack Obama’s internal directive on cyber warfare was disclosed in public last week, showing for the first time details of U.S. policies for waging both offensive and defensive digital operations by military forces and intelligence agencies.
NSA leaker goes public and suggests he is defecting to China
June 9, 2013
An intelligence contractor who disclosed a top-secret National Security Agency electronic surveillance program surfaced in Hong Kong on Sunday and suggested he planned to defect to China.
Russian official: 'We tested an intercontinental ballistic missile which I call 'a missile defense killer''
June 7, 2013
Russia conducted the first flight test of a new inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) that Russian officials say is designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses.
China moves against U.S. pivot to Asia with stepped up military, diplomatic economic ties to Americas
June 7, 2013
China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones.
President to raise China’s human rights abuses at summit
June 6, 2013
President Barack Obama will raise China’s human rights abuses during his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday in California, according to a White House official.
Al Qaeda weapons expert says U.S. ambassador to Libya killed by lethal injection
June 5, 2013
An al Qaeda terrorist stated in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection after plans to kidnap him during the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi went bad.
President to discuss Chinese cyber attacks with party leader at California summit
June 4, 2013
President Barack Obama plans to raise Chinese cyberattacks on U.S. government and business networks when he meets new Chinese leader Xi Jinping in California this week, White House officials said on Tuesday.
U.S. military braced for surge in Taliban 'insider' attacks after recent statement
May 21, 2013
Taliban insurgents recently vowed to carry out new “infiltration” attacks aimed at killing and demoralizing U.S., allied, and Afghan military forces as part of the spring military offensive, according to U.S. officials.
Russia building up missile defenses while seeking to limit U.S. defenses
May 16, 2013
Russia is engaged in a major buildup of both nuclear and conventional missile defense systems at the same time Moscow is seeking legal limits on U.S. missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.
China Conducts Test of New Anti-Satellite Missile
May 14, 2013
China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.
Chinese university lab linked to PLA cyber attacks
May 14, 2013
A computer science laboratory at China’s Wuhan University has been linked by U.S. intelligence agencies to Chinese military cyber attacks on the West.
Pentagon plans to share missile secrets with Russia opposed by Republicans
May 13, 2013
The Pentagon held internal talks on declassifying sensitive missile defense technology that it plans to share with Russia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to assuage Moscow’s opposition to European defenses.
CNO: Vigilant but not worried by Chinese naval buildup
May 7, 2013
The chief of naval operations told Congress on Tuesday that he is vigilant of, but not worried by, China’s large-scale naval buildup, including the Pentagon’s disclosure on Monday that Beijing is building two new classes of missile submarines.
Islamist militia linked to Sept. 11 Benghazi attack operates freely in city
May 7, 2013
The Ansar al Sharia Brigade, the Islamist terror group linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, continues to operate freely in that Libyan city, according to U.S. military officials.
China expanding submarine, missile forces with advanced systems, Pentagon annual report says
May 6, 2013
China is building two new classes of missile submarines in addition to the eight nuclear missile submarines and six attack submarines being deployed as part of an arms buildup that analysts say appears to put Beijing on a war footing.
Russian military again flies strategic bombers near Alaska
May 6, 2013
Russian strategic bombers conducted flights within the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week in Moscow’s latest incident of nuclear saber rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.
North Korea missile can hit US with nuclear warhead, Pentagon report says
May 2, 2013
North Korea’s 950,000-troop military remains dangerous as Pyongyang’s long-range Taepodong-2 missile can reach parts of the United States with a nuclear warhead, according to a Pentagon report made public on Thursday.
Hagel shortens public version and for first time calls Iran strategy ‘defensive’
May 2, 2013
Iran’s terrorist-backing government is expanding the use of proxies around the world to carry out its military policies, according to a Pentagon report.
Sensitive Army database of U.S. dams compromised; Chinese hackers suspected
May 1, 2013
U.S. intelligence agencies traced a recent cyber intrusion into a sensitive infrastructure database to the Chinese government or military cyber warriors, according to U.S. officials.
Senior al Qaeda commander reported killed in CIA drone strike
April 29, 2013
Online al Qaeda jihadists revealed earlier this month that a senior al Qaeda leader was killed in a CIA-led drone strike inside Pakistan’s northern territory.
China omission of no-first-use nuclear doctrine in defense white paper signals policy shift
April 26, 2013
China omitted a reference to its no-first-use strategic nuclear weapons doctrine in a recently published government white paper, indicating Beijing shifted the policy as part of its large-scale nuclear arms buildup.
House leader calls on Kerry to disclose missile defense offer to Russians
April 25, 2013
A senior House Republican this week called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make public a U.S. offer of cooperation with Russia on missile defenses made recently in Moscow.
Officials confirm al Qaeda magazine linked to bombs
April 25, 2013
An al Qaeda magazine containing bomb-making instructions helped the Boston Marathon bombers construct the deadly explosive devices that killed three people and wounded more than 180, according to a U.S. official close to the ongoing investigation.
Chinese troops continue mobilization along N. Korean border
April 24, 2013
China’s military is continuing to mobilize military forces along the North Korean border despite official denials as Pyongyang appears set for a missile test launch this week, according to U.S. officials.
North Korea uses Hollywood to threaten White House
April 23, 2013
A new North Korean propaganda video steals film footage from two recent U.S. movies, including one showing the White House under attack from North Korean commandos.
Conciliatory FBI policies toward Islamism hampered probe into Boston bombers, experts say
April 23, 2013
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s failure to recognize political Islam as a driver of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame for the FBI not identifying one of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2011 as a security risk, according to U.S. officials and private counterterrorism analysts.
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev captured alive
April 19, 2013
An ethnic Chechen Islamist suspect linked to the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing was captured Friday night and his brother died earlier following a massive police manhunt involving car chases and a shootout that with police that included an exchange of of some 200 gunshots.
FBI, police squabble over information, leaks in bombing probe
April 18, 2013
An internal dispute among investigators over leaks to the news media is hampering the major inter-agency probe of the Boston Marathon bombing, according to government sources close to the investigation.
Al Qaeda investigated in Boston blasts
April 16, 2013
Law enforcement and intelligence authorities investigating the Boston terror bombings suspect al Qaeda terrorists were behind the blasts that killed three and injured scores although so far there is no firm evidence.
Spy agencies spot launch sites for N. Korean missiles
April 11, 2013
U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have identified the launch zone on North Korea’s east coast where Pyongyang’s military is set to fire a salvo of missiles that risk being shot down by U.S. missile defenses in the region.
Chinese colonel says latest bird flu virus is U.S. biological weapon
April 9, 2013
A Chinese Air Force officer on Saturday accused the U.S. government of creating the new strain of bird flu now afflicting parts of China as a biological warfare attack.
700 former commandos call for special congressional inquiry on Benghazi
April 8, 2013
A group of 700 former special operations troops has called on Congress to create a special committee to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on diplomatic and intelligence posts in Benghazi.
China confirms military exercises near N. Korean border
April 8, 2013
China’s military and defense ministry on Sunday confirmed that military forces in a border region near North Korea conducted live-fire drills amid tensions between North Korea and the United States.
Russian strategic bomber conducts practice strikes on U.S. missile defenses in Asia
April 5, 2013
A Russian bomber recently carried out simulated cruise missile attacks on U.S. missile defenses in Asia, raising new questions about Moscow’s goal in future U.S.-Russian defense talks.
Pentagon activates missile defenses for expected N. Korean missile test
April 4, 2013
The Pentagon has placed its national missile defense shield on heightened alert amid reports that North Korea is preparing a missile flight test, according to defense officials.
Military buildup in China near North Korean border continues as tanks, armored vehicles spotted
April 3, 2013
China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea.
Saudi Arabia buying South African armed drone
April 2, 2013
Saudi Arabia is buying an armed drone from South Africa after the Obama administration declined to sell the oil-rich kingdom U.S. Predator or Reaper missile-firing unmanned aircraft.
China mobilizing troops, jets near Korea
April 1, 2013
China has placed military forces on heightened alert in the northeastern part of the country as tensions mount on the Korean peninsula following recent threats by Pyongyang to attack, U.S. officials said.
Islamists enter military in Egypt as part of Muslim Brotherhood effort to take control, US says
March 29, 2013
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government recently allowed members of the Brotherhood and hardline jihadists to join Egypt’s military academy for the first time as part of what U.S. officials say is a covert effort to impose Islamist rule in the key Middle East state.
China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan
March 26, 2013
China confirmed this week it will sell a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan that the United States says would violate Beijing’s obligations under a nuclear supplier control group.
China stepping up drone deployment
March 26, 2013
China’s military is expanding its unmanned aerial vehicle forces with a new Predator-like armed drone and a new unmanned combat aircraft amid growing tensions with neighbors in Asia, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
China concludes secret deal for nuclear reactor in Pakistan
March 22, 2013
China and Pakistan reached a formal agreement last month to construct a third nuclear reactor at Chashma that the Obama administration says will violate Beijing’s promises under an international anti-nuclear weapons accord.
Strategic U.S. bombers fly practice nuclear strikes in Korea
March 18, 2013
U.S. B-52 bombers carried out simulated nuclear bombing raids on North Korea as part of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises, Pentagon officials said on Monday.
Pentagon speeds up missile defenses in face of growing North Korean, Iranian missile threats
March 15, 2013
North Korea’s deployment of a new road-mobile missile that can hit the United States prompted the Pentagon on Friday to add more ground-based anti-missile interceptors to bases in Alaska and California, senior defense and military officials said on Friday.
Russian government says N. Korean nuclear test used plutonium and was larger than earlier blasts
March 14, 2013
North Korea’s third underground nuclear test last month was fueled by plutonium and was not a device that used enriched uranium, according to the Russian government.
DNI says new N. Korean missile being fielded
March 14, 2013
North Korea is close to deploying a new road-mobile intercontinental missile that can threaten the United States, the director of national intelligence told Congress on Tuesday.
Strategic commander worried about cyber attacks on nuclear command and control
March 12, 2013
U.S. strategic nuclear weapons and the command systems that control them are vulnerable to cyber attacks although most are hardened against many types of electronic attacks, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday.
National security adviser warns China on cyber attacks
March 11, 2013
Under pressure from American industry to curb Chinese cyber attacks, White House national security adviser Thomas Donilon warned China on Monday that the United States will defend its computer networks from the attacks.
Military, Pentagon grappling with Karzai ban on U.S. special operations in key Afghan province
March 11, 2013
Afghan militiamen trained by United States special operations forces are suspected of carrying out rogue killings and kidnappings in a key Afghan province, prompting the Kabul government to recently order all U.S. commandos out of the zone, according to Pentagon and military officials.
Obama rejected tough options for countering Chinese cyber attacks two years ago
March 11, 2013
President Barack Obama two years ago rejected a series of tough actions against China, including counter-cyber attacks and economic sanctions, for Beijing’s aggressive campaign of cyber espionage against the U.S. government and private businesses networks, according to administration officials.
Dempsey to visit Moscow for missile defense, nuclear talks
March 7, 2013
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Moscow in the near future to hold discussions with his Russian counterpart on missile defense and further nuclear reductions.
Russian nuclear forces hold large exercise involving movement of strategic and tactical warheads
March 6, 2013
Russian nuclear forces conducted a major exercise last month that tested the transport of both strategic and tactical nuclear weapons near Europe, according to United States officials.
Chinese general who threatened nuclear strike on U.S. visits Washington this week
March 4, 2013
A Chinese general who once threatened to use nuclear weapons against hundreds of U.S. cities will visit the Pentagon this week as part of a U.S.-China military exchange program.
South Korea confirms Kim Jong-un’s wife gives birth
March 4, 2013
North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un is a new father after his wife secretly gave birth to a child that intelligence officials believe could emerge as the communist dynasty’s fourth hereditary dictator.
China moves mobile missiles near coast amid tensions with Japan over islands
Feb. 27, 2013
United States intelligence agencies recently detected China’s military shifting road-mobile ballistic missiles closer to its southern coast near the disputed Senkaku Islands amid growing tensions between Beijing and Japan over the islands dispute.
New arms reductions could undermine U.S. security, former military and national security officials warn in letter
Feb. 22, 2013
A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security.
Intelligence: North Korea set to conduct intermediate-range missile test
Feb. 21, 2013
North Korea appears to be preparing for a test launch of a new intermediate-range ballistic missile that would further heighten tensions in the region following an underground nuclear test earlier this month.
Obama strategy to protect U.S. corporate secrets limited to diplomacy, law enforcement
February 21, 2013
A new White House strategy designed to protect trade secrets from economic espionage limits United States government action to diplomatic and law enforcement measures.
White House cyber report won't focus on China
February 20, 2013
The Obama administration plan to counter massive cyber espionage from China will not focus on a single country, a White House official said.
China’s military linked to cyber espionage
February 19, 2013
A secret Chinese military unit is the major player in cyber espionage against an array of computer networks around the world, according to an intelligence report by a cyber security firm.
Russian nuclear bombers circle Guam
February 15, 2013
Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States.
Cyber commander says weak U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to major electronic attacks
February 14, 2013
The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said on Wednesday that critical infrastructure like power grids and financial networks are weak and need to be strengthened against cyber attacks.
Joint Chiefs Chairman warns Congress against Obama plan for solving sequester with mainly defense cuts
February 13, 2013
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress on Wednesday that the military could not afford one more dollar in cuts without scaling back forces and operations.
Pentagon conducting urgent assessment of North Korean mobile ICBM threat
February 12, 2013
The Pentagon’s Joint Staff is conducting an urgent threat assessment of North Korea’s new road-mobile missile and the danger it poses to the United States.
Obama calls underground blast ‘provocative’ but limits reaction to diplomatic response
February 12, 2013
The defiant communist regime in North Korea threatened to conduct two additional nuclear tests plus more missile firings following its underground nuclear test that Pyongyang claims involved a missile warhead-sized weapon.
China firms sanctioned for missile proliferation
February 12, 2013
Four Chinese missile manufacturers and exporters were slapped with U.S. sanctions for illicit sales related to North Korea, Iran, and Syria, the State Department said in a statement late Monday.
North Korea conducts third underground nuclear test on eve of Obama speech
February 12, 2013
North Korea carried out its third underground nuclear test in defiance of United Nations sanctions and reported pressure from China, according to western diplomatic sources.
Senators seek Hagel promise on congressional role in arms cuts, clarification on his Global Zero nuclear position
February 11, 2013
Four Republican senators wrote to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel asking the former senator to explain his shifting positions on nuclear arms cuts and strategic modernization.
CIA nominee grilled on detainees, drone strikes
February 7, 2013
White House counterterrorism director John Brennan came under intense questioning on Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee over his views on interrogating terrorists and drone strikes against them.
Defense, military chiefs criticized for failure to respond to Benghazi attack
February 7, 2013
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey faced harsh Senate criticism on Thursday for failing to send rescue forces during the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
State Department, CIA, Pentagon sought to arm Syria rebels
February 7, 2013
Defense secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclosed on Thursday they supported a CIA plan to arm Syrian rebels that was rejected by President Barack Obama.
North Korea set for test launch of new mobile ICBM with upcoming nuclear test
February 7, 2013
U.S. intelligence agencies monitoring North Korea for signs of a third underground nuclear test recently reported that the isolated communist state appears set to conduct the first test launch of a new road-mobile ICBM built with Chinese technology.
Hagel’s lack of support for new F-16 jet sales to Taiwan could hold up nomination
February 6, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel is facing a new obstacle in his bid to be confirmed as the next secretary of defense: Sales of new F-16 jets to Taiwan.
Hagel’s misstatements, contradictory comments and wrong answers weaken Senate support for defense nominee
February 6, 2013
Senate opposition is growing toward former Sen. Chuck Hagel following his appearance before a contentious hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be secretary of defense.
Former Guantanamo prisoners fighting in Syria with Islamist opposition group
February 4, 2013
Former terrorists held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Cuba were detected by U.S. intelligence agencies recently working with Islamist rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials.
Energy Department networks hit by sophisticated cyber attack
February 4, 2013
Computer networks at the Energy Department were attacked by sophisticated hackers in a major cyber incident two weeks ago and personal information on several hundred employees was compromised by the intruders.
Hagel: Pentagon developing space weapons in response to Chinese ASAT weapons
January 31, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon is developing space weapons in response to China’s anti-satellites missiles and working to bolster defenses against Chinese cyber attacks.
Hagel favors Senate approval of nuclear test ban treaty voted down in 1999
January 29, 2013
Defense secretary-designate Chuck Hagel favors amending the defeated Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) that was rejected by the Senate in 1999 as unverifiable and against United States security interests.
Chinese missile technicians spotted in Egypt working with North Koreans to upgrade Scuds
January 29, 2013
China is covertly working with North Koreans to modernize Egypt’s short-range missile systems, raising new concerns among United States intelligence officials about the arms programs of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated government in Egypt.
China, U.S. conduct missile defense tests
January 27, 2013
China on Sunday conducted the second test of a new anti-ballistic missile defense interceptor that United States officials say is directly linked to Beijing’s secret anti-satellite weapons program.
Hagel walks back from anti-nuclear positions
January 25, 2013
Sen. Chuck Hagel backed down this week from previously held positions on nuclear arms cuts during meetings with senators who are considering his nomination to be defense secretary in an apparent effort to sway those concerned about his liberal anti-nuclear views.
China developing rail mobile strategic missiles
January 25, 2013
China is building strategic long-range missile trains as part of its major nuclear forces buildup, according to new information from China and U.S. strategic specialists.
Former NSA Director: U.S. facing crippling cyber attack, long-term cyber espionage
January 24, 2013
The United States is facing a catastrophic cyber attack by nations or non-state groups that could cripple the country’s economy, a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday.
Clinton grilled by Congress on Benghazi attack and failures to provide adequate security
January 23, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress on Wednesday for misleading statements made by the Obama administration on the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
Beijing hardens subways for nuclear, gas attacks
January 11, 2013
China recently upgraded its subway system in Beijing and revealed that its mass transit was hardened to withstand nuclear blasts or chemical gas attacks in a future war, state-run media reported last month.
New threat of Iranian-backed kidnappings of diplomats, religious leaders, officials warn
January 11, 2013
The United States government is concerned about new threats of Iranian-backed terrorism against diplomats and high-profile religious leaders in the Middle East from operations by Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Senators with home-state strategic bases voice concerns on Hagel’s Global Zero anti-nuclear views
January 10, 2013
A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts.
Iran steps up cyber attacks on U.S. financial institutions
January 6, 2013
Iran is continuing aggressive cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions and officials say the U.S. government has failed to take steps to halt the electronic strikes.
Researcher: China set to conduct anti-satellite test this month
January 4, 2013
China’s military is set to conduct a strategic anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test sometime this month, according to a report reaching the United States from China.
DHS warns about new ‘watering hole’ cyber attack vulnerability as a high-tech firm also reportedly is hit
January 3, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security warned Internet Explorer users this week about a new software flaw used in remote cyber attacks as Microsoft issued an advisory on the embattled browser’s software hole.
Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks
January 3, 2013
Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report.
Libyan militia behind Benghazi terror attack still operating unimpeded
December 31, 2012
Ansar al-Sharia, the Islamist militia linked to the deadly terror attack against the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, continues to operate Facebook pages and conduct fundraising and proselytize in Libya, according to U.S. officials.
CFR president alerts members to recent ‘watering hole’ cyber attack
December 29, 2012
The president of the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday notified members of the elite foreign policy group that its website was the target of a cyberattack and that the attack was neutralized.
Advanced cyberespionage attack employed 'drive-by' method on CFR website
December 27, 2012
Computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against one of America's most elite foreign policy web groups – the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
China aided Iran’s missile, nuclear programs, report states
December 20, 2012
China’s government provided goods and expertise for Iran’s nuclear program in the past and also gave Tehran’s Islamist regime missiles and other arms as part of the nations’ anti-United States policies, according to a congressional commission report made public Thursday.
Report: Al Qaeda threat was growing at time of Benghazi attack
December 19, 2012
A State Department review board investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on American facilities in Benghazi found leadership and management failures in the department for not providing adequate security prior to the attack.
GE plans to make nuclear reactor parts in China
December 19, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is supporting a bid by General Electric to export jobs and nuclear technology to China by seeking assurances from Beijing that it will not steal or transfer valuable reactor technology, the Free Beacon has learned.
Ex-Russian strategic commander says new Chinese missiles threaten 1987 U.S.-Russia arms treaty
December 14, 2012
A former commander of Russia’s nuclear forces warned the Obama administration this week that China’s short-range nuclear missiles are undermining the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia.
North Korea sending Scud parts to Egypt via China
December 13, 2012
United States intelligence agencies recently uncovered a covert deal between North Korea and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government to ship Scud missile parts from North Korea through China to Egypt.
North Korean missile firing highlights growing threat
December 12, 2012
North Korea’s successful test firing of a long-range missile on Tuesday is a major step in Pyongyang’s ability to hit U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles fired from hard-to-find mobile launchers, U.S. officials and private specialists said.
Pacific Commander: U.S. declines support for Asian allies in sea disputes with increasingly aggressive China
December 6, 2012
The United States is not supporting key regional allies and friends currently engaged in maritime and other disputes with China amid growing aggressiveness by Beijing, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said on Thursday.
Former officials: CIA politicized intelligence on Benghazi
December 6, 2012
The CIA removed references to al Qaeda in the talking points it drafted for United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice in what critics say is part of a broad pattern of politicization of intelligence under the Obama administration.
China conducts mobile ICBM test days ahead of expected North Korean launch
December 4, 2012
China last week carried out a second flight test of a new long-range mobile missile that is capable of hitting United States cities with a nuclear warhead. The test took place days before North Korea is set to fire its long-range missile, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
State Department advisory board urges deeper nuclear force cuts including unilateral reductions
November 30, 2012
A State Department board of experts is calling for steep cuts in U.S. nuclear forces beyond the New START treaty limits and recommends unilateral or informal reductions to avoid expected Senate ratification battles.
Navy prepares to wage cyber warfare at sea
November 30, 2012
The U.S. Navy is preparing to wage cyber warfare attacks against enemies during conflicts and must avoid strategic surprise from a future cyber attack on its networks, according to a strategy report made public Wednesday night.
U.S. to oppose Russian plan to give U.N. control of Internet
November 29, 2012
The United States will seek to block an “alarming” Russian proposal to give a United Nations telecommunications group control over the Internet, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.
Senate Republicans intensify opposition to Rice over misleading Benghazi statements after meeting
November 28, 2012
Senate Republicans voiced new worries Tuesday about misleading public statements made by United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice who met key senators on Capitol Hill as part of Obama administration efforts to stave off opposition to her likely nomination as secretary of state.
DNI changed CIA talking points to omit terror links
November 20, 2012
The office of director of national intelligence James Clapper changed the CIA’s draft talking points on the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack to omit references to al Qaeda as being linked to the attack, according to a U.S. official.
Cambodian government cracks down on dissent prior to summit between Obama and Hun Sen on Monday
November 20, 2012
The government of former Khmer Rouge commander Hun Sen carried out a major political crackdown in Cambodia in the months leading up to this week’s East Asia Summit as President Barack Obama met with the leader in Phnom Penh.
Hill intel leaders confirm CIA guidance on Benghazi attack deleted terror references
November 19, 2012
Senior Republican members of Congress confirmed Sunday that the Obama administration changed CIA guidance to senior officials that had identified the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi as an al Qaeda attack.
Petraeus: CIA talking points on Benghazi attack edited to play down al Qaeda links
November 16, 2012
Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified at a closed hearing on Friday that the CIA’s original talking points on the Sept. 11 terror attack on Benghazi were edited to play down al Qaeda links to the attackers.
Congress hears from officials on Benghazi
November 16, 2012
House Republicans criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for mishandling security at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi before and during the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack, when the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three additional Americans were killed.
Obama defends Benghazi failure; defiant toward GOP on future Rice nomination
November 15, 2012
President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has not seen assessments that indicate classified information disclosed in the sex scandal involving CIA director David Petraeus compromised United States security.
Chinese state-run cyber attacks pose most significant global cyber threat, congressional report says
November 15, 2012
China’s government carried out numerous cyber attacks against United States government and private sector computers this year and has emerged as the most significant threat in cyberspace, according to a congressional commission report made public Wednesday.
Focus of probe into Benghazi, Petraeus resignation shifts to Capitol Hill
November 14, 2012
Senior intelligence officials and the FBI’s deputy director will face tough questioning Thursday from House and Senate intelligence committee members upset over the Obama administration’s mishandling of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi.
Congressional Report: Chinese government-controlled enterprises threaten U.S., world economy
November 19, 2012
China’s government-controlled enterprises are targeting the U.S. market and pose a threat to U.S. companies, free markets, and fair trade, according to a forthcoming report by a congressional Chinese commission.
China’s tactical and theater nuclear force levels revealed by Russian general
November 9, 2012
China has nearly 750 theater and tactical nuclear warheads in addition to more than 200 strategic missile warheads, a stockpile far larger than U.S. estimates, according to a retired Russian general who once led Moscow's strategic forces.
Russian attack sub detected near East Coast
November 5, 2012
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said.
Pentagon: Secret U.S. military commandos deployed to Libya
November 2, 2012
Classified United States military units are operating in the region near Libya since the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, according to the director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.
Report: Chinese military cyber warfare units identified
October 26, 2012
China’s military is conducting extensive cyber warfare and spying operations through several electronic intelligence units, including a group identified for the first time called Beijing North Computing Center, according to a new report by a private research group.
Former CNO: Iran military strike would be difficult
October 25, 2012
The former chief of naval operations said a United States military strike against Iran would be difficult because of the size of the country and the distances to targets.
Final debate focuses on foreign affairs
October 22, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for stronger U.S. foreign policies and increased U.S. military strength under his presidency during Monday’s final debate with President Barack Obama, as the president attacked his challenger in defending an administration under fire over the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, coming massive defense cuts, and the debate over whether to continue sanctions or use military force to stop the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
House Armed Services chairman blocked from getting answers from senior military about threat warnings prior to Benghazi consulate attack
October 19, 2012
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is demanding answers from four senior United States military officers about whether there was advance warning of terrorist threats and the need for greater security prior to last month’s terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Rewards offered for Al Qaeda financiers in Iran
October 18, 2012
The State Department on Thursday announced that it is offering $12 million in rewards for help in capturing two al Qaeda terrorist financiers in Iran who are helping fund and arm terrorists in Syria.
U.S. Intelligence: China to conduct test of more powerful anti-satellite weapon capable of hitting GPS, spy satellites, but after U.S. election
October 16, 2012
China’s military is set to conduct a test of a new and more capable anti-satellite missile that United States intelligence agencies say can knock out strategic satellites in high-earth orbit, according to U.S. officials.
Iranians used University of Michigan network in recent bank attacks
October 15, 2012
Iranian hackers took over a University of Michigan computer network during a massive cyber attack on U.S. financial systems last week that continued following comments on the strike by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
45 Tibetan self-immolations protest continuing Chinese repression, congressional report says
October 12, 2012
A total of 45 Tibetans set themselves on fire this year to protest Chinese repression in Chinese-occupied Tibet as “egregious” human rights abuses in China continued, according to an annual congressional report.
Russia pulls out of nuclear aid program in setback for Obama reset policies
October 10, 2012
Russia’s government announced on Wednesday it is pulling out of the multi-billion dollar Cooperative Threat Reduction program that since the early 1990s helped Moscow dismantle nuclear weapons and missiles, United States officials said.
House Report: Chinese telecom linked to elite PLA cyberwarfare unit
October 9, 2012
A Chinese telecommunications company considered a threat to U.S. national security was linked to an elite Chinese military cyberwarfare group, according to a House committee report made public Monday.
Pentagon report: Terror group a significant threat to Libya
October 8, 2012
Pakistan-based al Qaeda is secretly setting up sleeper cells and a clandestine network of jihadists to destabilize and take over Libya while hiding under a new cover name to prevent exposure and attacks, according to an internal Pentagon report obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Intelligence officials angered by Obama administration cover up of intelligence on Iranian, al Qaeda surge in Egypt and Libya
October 5, 2012
Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.
U.S. investigating White House cyber attack
October 2, 2012
Law enforcement and national security agencies are investigating the hacking of a White House computer last month that penetrated a network inside the White House Military Office that handles top-secret data, U.S. officials said.
Chinese hackers break in to White House military office network in charge of the president’s nuclear football
Setember 30, 2012
Hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident.
Syrian chemical weapons sites revealed as defector adds new details on regime’s plans to use nerve gas
September 28, 2012
Rebels in Syria have disclosed new details on the Damascus regime’s chemical weapons storage sites, as a military defector last week outlined plans by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to use the deadly arms.
Fate of ousted Communist leader to be decided soon
September 26, 2012
The sentencing in China this week of Chinese defector Wang Lijun to 15 years in prison for seeking political asylum in the United States moves Beijing’s leaders a step closer to ending the most explosive political scandal in decades: What to do with ousted neo-Maoist leader Bo Xilai.
U.S. officials say China behind cyber attacks on Japan
September 25, 2012
A recent series of cyber attacks on Japanese Internet sites originated in China and were viewed as a possible prelude to military action, according to defense officials familiar with details of the attacks.
Iranian defense minister threatens to destroy Israel
September 24, 2012
Iran’s defense minister said on Thursday that the regime’s forces are now capable of destroying Israel and fulfilling its president’s pledge to wipe the country off the map.
Defense secretary warns cyber attacks can cripple nation
September 20, 2012
Cyber warfare is a key future battleground and strategic attacks can cripple nations, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Beijing on Wednesday.
China unveils new stealth jet photos during Panetta visit
September 18, 2012
China’s military for the second time in two years upstaged a visiting U.S. defense secretary by disclosing the first photographs of its second stealth jet under development.
Top Chinese general in unusual move tells troops to ready for combat with Japan
September 18, 2012
China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.
Pentagon Joint Staff: Iran cyber attacks, terrorism reveal Tehran engaged in covert war on the West
September 18, 2012
The Iranian government recently conducted a major cyber attack on a major U.S. financial institution that a military intelligence report said is a sign Tehran is waging covert war against the West.
Wang Lijun faces death penalty or lengthy prison term
September 17, 2012
China’s government on Monday began the trial of Wang Lijun, the senior Communist Party police official who sought to defect to a U.S. consulate but was turned away, with a secret hearing in southern China.
Chinese telecoms spy for Beijing through computer equipment, House intelligence committee leaders say
September 14, 2012
Senior members of the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday that two Chinese telecommunications companies are helping Chinese intelligence by providing access to data moved on computer and network equipment sold to governments and companies around the world.
Science panel faults Obama administration missile defense plan
September 12, 2012
A scientific panel of experts said on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s plan for a phased missile defense in Europe will not adequately protect the United States from the looming threat of an Iranian long-range missile attack.
Egyptian-Iranian intelligence meeting prompts fears of a new Middle East terror axis
September 11, 2012
U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a secret meeting between Egypt’s intelligence chief and a senior Iranian spy that is raising new fears the Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo could begin covertly supporting global terrorism.
Chinese suspected of spying on U.S. strategic missile base in Wyoming
September 10, 2012
A group of Asian men set off alarm bells in U.S. counterintelligence circles last week by showing up outside the entrance to a U.S. strategic missile base in Wyoming.
Navy SEAL reveals Obama administration misled public for over a year on bin Laden killing
September 7, 2012
A former U.S. Navy SEAL commando who took part in the daring raid to kill Osama bin Laden has exposed as false part of the account put out by the Obama administration on how the al Qaeda leader died.
Foreign state suspected in new computer virus that infected Pentagon networks
September 6, 2012
A computer virus that destroys documents and spreads to other networks recently infected computers at the Pentagon, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) said on Thursday.
IAEA report reveals Iran nuclear progress unhindered by sanctions or international pressure
September 5, 2012
A new United Nations nuclear watchdog report on Iran’s nuclear program reveals Tehran is moving ahead with illicit uranium enrichment work, undermining Obama administration claims that sanctions will slow the program.
China conducts fourth flight test of mobile ICBM
September 4, 2012
China’s military carried out a fourth flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week, firing off a new road-mobile ICBM on Thursday, according to U.S. officials.
China government funding anti-U.S., anti-NATO radio broadcasts in Afghanistan
August 31, 2012
A popular radio station in Afghanistan is funded by China’s international propaganda outlet and is broadcasting news with an anti-U.S. and anti-NATO bent, according to U.S. officials.
Navy chief denies Russian sub entered Gulf of Mexico
Friday, August 31, 2012
The chief of naval operations is disputing a Free Beacon report that revealed a Russian nuclear powered attack submarine sailed undetected in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. sees signs Israel could use nuclear EMP attack against Iran
August 29, 2012
U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported growing concerns that Israel will conduct a strike on Iran using a high-altitude nuclear burst aimed at disrupting all electronics in the country.
Joint U.S.-Russia military training raises concerns that the U.S. military will increase Moscow threat to friends and allies in Europe
August 28, 2012
A joint U.S.-Russia military training exercise earlier this year is raising concerns on Capitol Hill that U.S. military cooperation will increase the threat posed by Moscow’s military to friends and allies in Europe.
China conducts third long-range missile test in 4 weeks
August 23, 2012
China’s military continued its string of strategic missile flight tests on Monday by firing off a third intercontinental ballistic missile in four weeks, according to U.S. officials.
New State Dept. report suggests working toward elimination of nuclear weapons
August 21, 2012
A State Department advisory board report made public Tuesday shows that the Obama administration is studying cuts in U.S. strategic arsenals to “very low” levels and ultimately eliminating nuclear arms.
Senate Armed Services Committee member demands answer from Navy chief on Russian sub in Gulf of Mexico
August 21, 2012
A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee has asked the Navy’s top admiral to explain reports that a Russian submarine operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico recently.
China conducts rare flight test of new submarine-launched missile
August 21, 2012
China’s military conducted a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week, a launch that came a month after the test of a new multiple-warhead, ground-mobile missile, the Free Beacon has learned.
NORAD announces exercises as a warning for public
August 20, 2012
Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said.
China set to file treason charges against defector turned away by U.S.
August 16, 2012
China’s communist government is preparing to file treason charges against a former official who sought political asylum at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu but was turned away to avoid upsetting U.S.-China relations, according to U.S. officials and Chinese reports.
China test fires new long-range missile
August 15, 2012
China’s military conducted the first flight test of a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that U.S. officials say will be Beijing’s first strategic missile armed with multiple warheads.
Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks, U.S. officials say
August 14, 2012
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
State arms official: Further strategic agreement with Russia possible despite Moscow’s opposition
August 10, 2012
OMAHA—A senior State Department arms negotiator said Thursday that Russian opposition to holding a new round of arms control talks does not mean a second strategic arms pact is out of reach.
Nuclear commander rejects deep cuts suggested by anti-nuclear group
August 9, 2012
OMAHA – The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday rejected a call by a former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman to cut U.S. nuclear warheads to as few as 300 deployed weapons.
Israel said to be readying October attacks on Iranian nuclear sites
August 7, 2012
U.S. intelligence analysts watching for indicators of Israeli military action recently reported that there are signs the Jewish state plans an attack against Iran in October.
Panetta picks new Missile Defense Agency director
August 6, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday said President Obama has approved the nomination of Rear Adm. James D. Syring to head the Pentagon’s strategic Missile Defense Agency (MDA), a three-star rank position.
Killing of bin Laden, other leaders severely weakens al Qaeda, annual report says
August 1, 2012
The killing of Osama bin Laden and several other top leaders has left the al Qaeda terrorist group severely weakened, according to the latest annual U.S. government report on terrorism.
Pentagon-sponsored report to Congress calls for buildup of forces in Asia
July 30, 2012
A Pentagon-sponsored report to Congress outlines the U.S. military's new pivot to Asia and calls for adding attack submarines and Marines based throughout the Pacific to head off a future war with China.
Popular anti-Taliban movement growing in Afghanistan
July 27, 2012
A series of “uprisings” by local tribes against the Taliban Islamist terror group in Afghanistan are beginning to spread throughout the country, a sign U.S. and allied efforts to stabilize the country are increasing, according to U.S. officials.
New computer attack detected on Iran nuclear facility
July 26, 2012
Computer systems at Iran’s nuclear facilities were attacked recently by a new worm that forced some workstations to randomly play the heavy metal rock song Thunderstruck, U.S. officials said.
Pentagon missile defense director faces early retirement for leadership failure
July 25, 2012
President Obama is set to approve the appointment of a one-star admiral to replace Army Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly, who is leaving early as director of the Missile Defense Agency after a critical Pentagon inspector general report concluded he had intimidated subordinates and demoralized the key strategic defense agency.
U.S. conducts small, simulated nuclear blast in Nevada desert
July 24, 2012
The Energy Department carried out an underground explosion in the Nevada desert yesterday that was designed to simulate a small nuclear test, the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said Tuesday.
Administration approves controversial export license allowing sensitive space technology transfer to China
July 23, 2012
The Obama administration recently notified Congress that it has agreed to license exports of sensitive U.S. space technology to China from a U.S. company that was fined in the past for illegally supplying space support that improved Chinese ballistic missiles.
Russian failure to notify U.S. of bomber exercises violated New START arms treaty
July 19, 2012
Recent incursions into U.S. air defense zones by Russian nuclear bombers earlier this month were part of exercises that violated provisions of the 2010 New START treaty, according to U.S. officials.
Moscow reconsiders sales of S-300 missiles to Iran
July 19, 2012
Russia is reconsidering sales of advanced S-300 air defense missiles to Iran as the Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan resolution that would have linked granting Moscow permanent normal trade status to a halt in Russian arms sales to Syria.
Senate, House lawmakers press Pentagon to fund nuclear modernization, bolster missile defenses
July 18, 2012
A bipartisan group of Senators is urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide more than $300 million in promised funding needed for modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
China shows off second new stealth jet development in two years
July 17, 2012
American intelligence agencies recently obtained new information on China’s second new stealth fighter-bomber revealed on the Internet in the past two years, according to U.S. officials.
FBI document links Chinese telecommunications firm to illicit sales to Iran
July 16, 2012
A senior House Republican leader is warning colleagues of lobbying by China’s state-run telecommunications firms, amid reports that at least one company is under investigation by the FBI for selling surveillance equipment to Iran.
Pentagon reverses policy on short reports after House chairman threatens to hold up defense funding requests
July 13, 2012
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday threatened to hold up Pentagon funding for military activities until the department reverses a policy of requiring sharply reduced reports to Congress. The Pentagon announced it is scrapping the policy a short time later.
Treasury tightens sanctions on Iran for nuclear, missile proliferation
July 12, 2012
The Treasury Department on Thursday issued new sanctions against Iran for its missile and nuclear activities by targeting front companies and banks involved in illicit trade.
Russian general who threatened preemptive U.S. attacks to meet Dempsey on missile defense
July 12, 2012
Russia’s top general who recently threatened preemptive attacks on U.S. missile defenses is set to meet at the Pentagon Thursday with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Iran military improving its missile capabilities, Pentagon report says
July 11, 2012
Iran’s military is continuing to improve its missile capabilities by increasing their range and developing nuclear weapons related expertise, according to a Pentagon report to Congress.
Cybercom chief: Destructive cyber attacks are coming
July 10, 2012
The commander of the military’s new U.S. Cyber Command said digital attacks are evolving from disrupting network functions to destructive strikes.
Russian nuclear-capable bombers intercepted near West Coast in second U.S. air defense zone intrusion in two weeks
July 6, 2012
Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers entered the U.S. air defense zone near the Pacific coast on Wednesday and were met by U.S. interceptor jets, defense officials told the Free Beacon.
Former Defense Secretary: American weakness is dangerous
July 2, 2012
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a rare public speech, warned that American military and financial weakness is creating a more dangerous and unstable world.
Northcom says Russian nuclear bombers violated U.S. airspace during arctic war games
June 28, 2012
The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.
Russian nuclear bombers test U.S. air defenses in arctic war games during chilly Obama-Putin summit
June 26, 2012
Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
U.S. concerned Israel may launch attacks on Syrian WMD sites
June 22, 2012
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. officials said.
Chinese military newspaper hacked
June 21, 2012
Unknown hackers took down the official newspaper of the Chinese military earlier this month, highlighting the covert cyber war that has been underway for years by China’s military and foreign states, according to U.S. officials.
GOP Armed Services chiefs call planned deeper nuclear cut ‘unilateral disarmament’
June 21, 2012
Two senior leaders of the House Armed Services Committee this week criticized President Obama’s forthcoming plan to seek deeper cuts in strategic nuclear warheads, calling a Pentagon study on the matter “unilateral disarmament.”
Intelligence agency sought to limit U.S. spy satellite sharing with Israel
The office of the Director of National Intelligence and Senate Democrats tried and failed on Tuesday to limit U.S. satellite imagery-sharing with Israel in a bill passed out of committee that would boost security cooperation with the Jewish state.
Obama set to seek deeper cuts in nuclear arsenal
June 19, 2012
President Obama has decided to seek deeper cuts in deployed strategic nuclear weapons to as few as 1,000 warheads, sharply below the target of 1,550 warheads required under a 2010 U.S.-Russia arms treaty, U.S. officials said Monday.
Turner: Russia missile tests indicate Moscow to abandon intermediate-range missile ban
June 14, 2012
Russia’s recent tests of ballistic missiles are clear signs Moscow is making good on announced threats to prepare preemptive strikes on U.S. missile defenses, a senior House Republican disclosed this week.
U.S. security threatened after CIA put ‘out of business’ of getting intel from terror leaders, former CIA chief says
June 13, 2012
The Obama administration has taken the CIA “out of the business” of interrogating high-value terrorists and the lack of data is endangering the U.S. security, according to former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose A. Rodriguez.
CIA director quietly pushing reforms, but critics say too much focus on drone war continues
June 12, 2012
CIA Director David Petraeus, who won praise as the Army’s out-of-the-box theorist, is quietly reshaping the CIA toward covert paramilitary operations, and some agency hands say the continued military focus is limiting efforts to improve CIA spies’ mission of stealing secrets.
U.S.-South Korea reach pact on extended range ballistic missiles, drones
June 11, 2012
The U.S. government has reached an agreement with South Korea on Seoul’s development of longer-range missiles beyond limits set by an international accord.
Russians supplying missile goods to Iran, U.S. intelligence says
June 8, 2012
Russian missile manufacturers provided goods to Iran’s ballistic missile program, but U.S. intelligence agencies claim the proliferation is not part of an official Moscow policy of backing Tehran weapons programs.
China building up space warfare capabilities, report says
June 7, 2012
China’s military is building up space warfare forces with missiles, military satellites, and electronic systems designed to attack U.S. satellites and space-transiting precision strike vehicles, according to a congressional report.
Progressive anti-nuclear group behind new critical study of U.S. nuclear weapons spending
June 5, 2012
A study funded by the anti-nuclear activist group Ploughshares Fund says the U.S. government is spending too much on nuclear weapons.
Pentagon opposes East Coast missile defense base, but Strategic Command chief says third site being studied
June 4, 2012
The commander of U.S. strategic forces said recently that the military is studying deployment of an East Coast long-range missile defense interceptor base that others in the Pentagon are opposing.
Panetta warns of conflict with China in Singapore speech
June 2, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday that he expects conflict and disputes with China as the United States bolsters forces in the Pacific.
Defense Secretary to explain U.S. pivot to Asia in Singapore speech
May 31, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is set to tell Asian and European defense chiefs about the military’s new U.S. “pivot” to Asia, a response to China’s growing military power, during a major speech in Singapore on Saturday.
Commercial satellite export controls to be loosened under House bill opposed by Obama administration
May 22, 2012
The Obama administration is opposing House legislation that would loosen restrictions on exports of U.S. satellites that were imposed after two U.S. companies illegally improved China’s strategic missiles through satellite launch deals in the 1990s.
Pentagon shortens, softens annual report on China’s military in apparent bid to curry favor with Beijing
Tuesday, May 18, 2012
The Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military for 2012 was cut to half the size of earlier reports and key weapons developments were omitted in an apparent bid to mitigate Beijing’s objections to the annual assessment of the communist government’s alarming military buildup.
Russia steps up anti-U.S. propaganda with personal attack on Clinton
May 18, 2012
A Russian government media campaign to attack U.S. officials reached a new level this week with the airing of a highly personal attack on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a KGB-linked television outlet.
Obama’s first choice for Joint Chiefs chairman criticizes Pentagon, military for focus on China
May 17, 2012
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who was President Obama’s initial candidate to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a speech this week that the Pentagons’ new battle concept is “demonizing China.”
Former State official: Obama softline policy toward Iran, North Korea creates a more dangerous world
May 16, 2012
The State Department’s former top weapons proliferation official said recently that the Obama administration’s failure to threaten military force against Iran had helped advance the covert nuclear arms program there.
Defense bill would bolster nuclear, conventional power in Asia
May 15, 2012
Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are calling for bolstering nuclear and conventional forces in Asia in response to China’s nuclear buildup and missile proliferation to North Korea.
Growing tensions between Beijing, Manila over disputed fishing waters could lead to conflict
May 11, 2012
Tensions between China and the Philippines remain high and U.S. officials say the likelihood Beijing will take some type of military action is growing.
Commander bars troops from hookers, alcohol during NATO summit
May 10, 2012
The commander of the U.S. Northern Command this week directed all military personnel assigned to security duties at the NATO summit in Chicago to refrain from soliciting prostitutes or drinking alcoholic beverages, according to a copy of the orders.
U.S. braces for new North Korea provocation
May 9, 2012
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring North Korea for signs the Kim Jong-un regime is set to conduct a new military provocation that could trigger another conflict on the Asian peninsula, according to U.S. officials.
Panda War: Two Camps Battle for Control of U.S. China Policy
May 8, 2012
Two groups of specialists have been locked in a battle to dominate U.S. policy toward China for the past three decades, and the camp of hawkish skeptics sharply increased its influence in the last few years, according to a long-time Pentagon specialist on Asian affairs.
Chinese defense minister to visit sensitive sites
May 7, 2012
China’s defense minister and a delegation of military officials will visit sensitive U.S. military facilities this week, raising fresh concerns that the Pentagon may not be fully abiding by a 2000 law restricting Chinese military visits.
Romney attacks Obama on human rights in handling of dissident now held by Chinese authorities in a hospital
May 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday attacked the Obama administration over its handling of the case of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, calling the case a “dark day for freedom” and a “day of shame for the Obama administration.”
Kim Jong Un consolidating power as U.S. intelligence expects another nuclear test
May 4, 2012
The regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently consolidated power by elevating and demoting key Communist, internal security, and military leaders amid signs a third underground nuclear test is imminent.
Senior State Dept missile defense envoy declines to explain Obama’s ‘flexibility’ promise to Moscow
May 3, 2012
The State Department’s senior negotiator with Moscow on a missile defense agreement declined on Wednesday to say what President Obama recently meant when he promised Russia’s leader “more flexibility” after his reelection.
Vice President’s office behind turning away of senior Chinese defector from consulate in China
May 1, 2012
The office of Vice President Joe Biden overruled State and Justice Department officials in denying the political asylum request of a senior Chinese communist official last February over fears the high-level defection would upset the U.S. visit of China's vice president, according to U.S. officials.
House bill would require targeting study for Chinese nuclear tunnels
April 26, 2012
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee on Wednesday completed drafting its portion of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that contains language calling for a U.S. military-targeting study of Chinese underground nuclear tunnels.
Chinese missile launcher export to Pyongyang likely approved by Beijing, report says
April 25, 2012
China’s export of a mobile missile launcher to North Korea was likely approved by Beijing’s communist government, possibly in response to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, according to a think tank report made public Tuesday.
Pentagon to sponsor a new round of Track Two nuclear arms talks with China’s military
April 23, 2012
Defense officials will conduct a new round of informal but official nuclear weapons talks with China in the near future focusing on the “red lines” used by both sides in readying strategic forces in crises, according to U.S. officials.
Administration report warns that loosening exports on space technology could boost China’s space warfare capabilities
April 19, 2012
China is building space weapons designed to defeat U.S. and allied long-range missiles, and U.S. plans to loosen controls on satellites exports likely will boost Beijing’s space warfare programs, according to a Obama administration report made public on Wednesday.
Photos show Chinese mobile launcher for new North Korean ICBM, prompting calls for arms sanctions on Beijing
April 18, 2012
A new North Korean mobile missile recently made public is built on a transporter-launcher nearly identical to a Chinese mobile launcher, according to U.S. officials and private analysts.
U.S. scrutinizes Chinese military amid leadership struggle
April 17, 2012
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching China’s military for any signs of division or unrest related to the ouster of leftist leader Bo Xilai.
House Republicans seek to affirm constitutional rights for American detainees
April 13, 2012
House Republicans are set to introduce legislation next week aimed at clarifying recent laws by affirming that all U.S. detainees maintain due process rights amid concerns over the erosion of individual freedoms.
Congressional report highlights U.S. intelligence failures regarding China military buildup
April 10, 2012
U.S. government and private analysts missed the emergence of significant military developments by China that caught intelligence agencies by surprise, according to a congressional commission report.
Iran boosts its nuclear program in 2011 adding both nuclear material and facilities, CIA report says
April 4, 2012
Iran expanded its nuclear program last year with continued uranium enrichment and growing infrastructure development, according to an annual CIA report to Congress.
Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch
April 3, 2012
The Pentagon recently activated its global missile shield in anticipation of North Korea’s launch of a long-range missile, according to defense officials.
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