Past Washington Free Beacon and Washington Times articles
Twitter: ISIL Sends Mixed Signals on Fate of American Captive
Aug. 29, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) sent mixed signals on Twitter this week regarding the fate of captive American journalist Steven Sotloff.
FBI National Domestic Threat Assessment Omits Islamist Terrorism
Aug. 26, 2014
The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.
Pentagon: No Plan to Reduce Spy Flights
Aug. 26, 2014
The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected demands by China that the United States end all surveillance flights along China’s borders.
North Korea Building Missile Submarine
Aug. 26, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies believe North Korea is building a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, potentially increasing the threat posed by the nuclear-armed rogue state.
Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test
Aug. 25, 2014
The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement.
U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China
Aug. 23, 2014
The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.
Pentagon says Chinese Jet Carried Out ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Dangerous’ Intercept of Navy Intelligence Jet
Aug. 21, 2014
The Pentagon on Friday called a Chinese jet’s encounter with a U.S. anti-submarine warfare aircraft an “aggressive” and “dangerous” act and said it has protested the action with Beijing.
China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile
Aug. 19, 2014
China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.
Russian cruise missile violation of arms treaty a ‘serious threat’
Aug. 13, 2014
OMAHA—A new Russian ground-launched cruise missile is a significant violation of a strategic arms treaty, a senior State Department official said on Thursday.
Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot
Aug. 13, 2014
OMAHA—China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.
Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More Than 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones
Aug. 7, 2014
Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.
U.S. officials: Criminal groups in Central America, disinformation on U.S. entry policy, are major forces behind immigration crisis
Aug. 5, 2014
Human smuggling groups in Central America and disinformation about American entry policies are the main drivers behind the current crisis involving more than 50,000 illegal immigrant children that sought entry into the United States, according to U.S. officials.
ISIL Targets Saudi Intelligence
Aug. 4, 2014
The ultra-violent al Qaeda offshoot group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) has targeted Saudi Arabian intelligence officers for a campaign of assassination as part of plans by the group to expand activities inside the oil-rich kingdom.
Chinese Government Website Confirms New Multi-Warhead ICBM
Aug. 1, 2014
A Chinese provincial government website has confirmed China’s newest and largest intercontinental missile—the multi-warhead DF-41, which is capable of striking the United States.
Defense Panel: Obama Administration Defense Strategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded
July 31, 2014
The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of defense experts.
Russia Violates Intermediate Nuclear Missile Treaty
July 29, 2014
Moscow violated a key strategic nuclear arms accord by developing a ground-launched cruise missile banned under the 1987 agreement, according to the State Department.
DIA Chief: Al Qaeda Ideology Rapidly Expanding
July 29, 2014
The terrorist ideology behind al Qaeda is expanding significantly—contrary to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign theme that declared the Islamist terror threat in decline, according to the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Chinese Missile Forces Pose Threat to U.S. in Future Conflict
July 28, 2014
ASPEN, Colo.—China’s advanced cruise and ballistic missiles pose a significant threat in future conflict with the United States, the chief of naval operations (CNO) warned last week.
Dempsey: U.S. preparing options to defeat ISIL
July 25, 2014
ASPEN, Colo.—The U.S. military is preparing a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Iraq to prevent the al Qaeda offshoot from becoming a larger global threat, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.
DHS Anticipated 60,000 Illegal Child Border Crossers in January
July 24, 2014
ASPEN, Colo.—DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed Thursday that the Obama administration in January anticipated a surge of some 60,000 illegal children crossing the Southwest Border.
Al Qaeda Targeting U.S. Infrastructure for Digital 9/11
July 24, 2014
ASPEN, Colo.—Al Qaeda, nation states, and criminals are preparing for major cyber attacks against U.S. infrastructure that could be comparable to the devastating September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, a senior Justice Department official said on Thursday.
Iran Still on Track for 2015 ICBM Flight Test
July 11, 2014
Iran is continuing work on a long-range ballistic missile that could be flight-tested by next year despite the latest Pentagon report to Congress on Tehran’s military that omitted earlier references to the looming ICBM threat.
Report Reveals Chinese Military Developing New Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile
July 9, 2014
China’s military is working on a jet-powered hypersonic cruise missile in addition to an advanced high-speed glide warhead that was tested earlier this year.
ISIL Leader Appears in Mosul, Calls for Imposition of Islamic Law
July 8, 2014
The self-declared leader of all Muslims worldwide made a surprise appearance July 4 at a mosque in Mosul—the key trophy of last month’s military incursion into Iraq by his group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Chinese Military Creates High-Level Cyber Intelligence Center
July 3, 2014
The Chinese military revealed this week that it has set up a high-level cyberspace intelligence center amid growing concerns around the world over Beijing’s aggressive cyber espionage.
Iraqi ‘Caliph’ on U.S. Kill List
July 1, 2014
President Barack Obama has authorized targeted killings of the leaders of the al Qaeda offshoot led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi using drone strikes or special operations, as the Iraqi terrorist on Tuesday urged jihadists to conduct worldwide attacks.
CIA Under Fire for Failure in Iraq
July 1, 2014
The CIA failed to provide adequate warning of the recent Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant military incursion into Iraq despite having a significant presence of agency officers in the country, according to U.S. officials and security analysts.
Official Al Qaeda Rebel Unit in Syria Joins ISIL
June 27, 2014
A Syrian rebel group closely aligned with al Qaeda’s official central leadership has switched sides and is now supporting an ultra-violent offshoot, following the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s blitzkrieg attack on Iraq, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.
Spying Concerns, Regional Belligerence Cloud Chinese Role in Pacific Naval Exercises
June 25, 2014
The U.S. military’s largest international naval exercise in the Pacific begins this week with China’s navy taking part for the first time by sending four warships—more than any participating nation other than the United States.
Russia Test Fires Six New Air-Launched Cruise Missiles
June 24, 2014
Russian strategic air forces fired six new, precision-strike cruise missiles in test launches Friday amid new tensions between Moscow and the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel
June 20, 2014
A key figure in covert Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine is working for Russia’s GRU military intelligence service, according to U.S. officials.
U.S. Opposes New Draft Treaty from China and Russia Banning Space Weapons
June 19, 2014
The United States is opposing a new draft treaty submitted to the United Nations last week by China and Russia that seeks legally binding curbs on weapons in space amid concerns that both states are secretly building space arms.
ISIL Moving Seized U.S. Tanks, Humvees to Syria
June 17, 2014
Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials.
New Al Qaeda Group Produces Recruitment Material for Americans, Westerners
June 13, 2014
Al Qaeda’s ultra-extremist Syrian offshoot known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is stepping up efforts to recruit Americans and other westerners for jihad in Syria and possibly for future domestic terror attacks, according to U.S. officials.
Leahy Holds Up Egypt’s Apache Attack Helicopters
June 12, 2014
A U.S. senator is blocking the delivery of 10 U.S. Apache attack helicopters urgently sought by the Egyptian government since last spring to battle al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.
Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast
June 11, 2014
Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.
U.S. in Talks with Snowden on Possible Plea Deal
June 10, 2014
Federal prosecutors recently held discussions with representatives of renegade National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden on a possible deal involving his return to the United States to face charges of stealing more than a million secret NSA documents, according to U.S. officials.
Pentagon Confirms New Chinese Long-Range ICBM Development
June 6, 2014
China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale strategic and conventional forces buildup, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday in its annual report to Congress.
White House Relents on Sending Needed Military Aid to Ukraine
June 5, 2014
After initially denying Ukrainian military requests for key nonlethal aid, the White House on Wednesday approved urgently needed equipment for troops battling pro-Russian insurgents.
Congress Targets Chinese Telecom Threat
June 5, 2014
Current House intelligence and defense legislation now before Congress is seeking to block U.S. intelligence officials from working for Chinese-linked companies, and also is aimed at preventing a major Chinese telecommunications firm from conducting cyber attacks against defense and intelligence networks.
Russian jet nearly collides with U.S. surveillance aircraft in ‘reckless’ intercept in Asia
June 3, 2014
A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Pacific northeast recently in an aerial clash not seen since the Cold War.
NY Firearms Maker Kahr Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania for New Factory
June 2, 2014
One of several firearms companies upset with restrictions imposed under New York state’s latest anti-gun law broke ground last week on a new factory in central Pennsylvania as part of an exodus of gun manufacturers from the state.
Congress Funds Army’s Hypersonic Missile After Chinese Strike Vehicle Test
May 29, 2014
Congress approved funding last week for the Pentagon’s advanced hypersonic missile program and expressed concerns over China’s recent test of an ultra high-speed strike vehicle designed to deliver nuclear warheads through U.S. missile defenses.
Three Chinese Nuclear Missile Submarines Photographed in South China Sea
May 28, 2014
China has deployed three nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to a naval base in the South China Sea, according to a recent photo of the vessels that appeared on the Internet.
Russia Shifts to China After Ukraine Crisis
May 22, 2014
Russia and China launched large-scale naval war games that U.S. officials say are a sign of Moscow shifting its geopolitical alignment with an increasingly isolated China, following sanctions and chastisement from the United States and Europe after Russia’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Indictment of China Military Hackers Reveals New Details of Cyber Attack Methods
May 21, 2014
The Obama administration’s indictment of five Chinese military hackers for cyber attacks against U.S. companies and a labor union has revealed new details of China’s large-scale cyber warfare and cyber espionage operations.
Pentagon sending two long-range Global Hawk drones for operations from Japan
May 15, 2014
The Pentagon will deploy two long-range Global Hawk reconnaissance drones in Japan for operations to monitor Chinese naval activities and a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, defense officials said.
Tensions Mount in South China Sea Dispute Over Chinese Oil Drilling
May 14, 2014
China is stepping up provocative actions and harsh rhetoric in maritime disputes in the South China Sea as Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi traded words on the growing tensions.
U.S. to Conduct Strategic Bomber Exercise
May 11, 2014
The U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of waging nuclear war, will hold large-scale bomber exercises this week—days after Russia held what Moscow called “massive” war games simulating a U.S. and NATO nuclear attack.
Russia Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Exercise
May 8, 2014
Russia’s armed forces conducted a “massive” nuclear forces exercise on Thursday simulating NATO and U.S. nuclear attacks and involving several long-range ballistic and cruise missile firings.
China Signals Plan to Sanction North Korea for Tests
May 8, 2014
China has signaled that it will impose international and unilateral sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang follows through with announced plans to set off a fourth underground nuclear test.
Al Qaeda leader urges Syrian rebel splinter group to return to Iraq and official affiliate to halt infighting
May 6, 2014
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri issued a public appeal recently urging an ultra-violent splinter faction of the terrorist group to return to Iraq and cease fighting rebels of the al Nusra Front, the official al Qaeda franchise in Syria.
Report: N. Korea Has Nuclear Warheads for Missiles
May 5, 2014
North Korea has developed nuclear weapons capable of being launched on its ballistic missile forces, according to a new report by a defense analyst.
Saudi Arabia Shows Off Chinese Missiles
May 2, 2014
Saudi Arabia’s military for the first time displayed Chinese made intermediate-range missiles during a recent military parade in the kingdom.
U.S. Rejects Latest Russian Proposal to Restrict U.S. Missile Defenses
May 1, 2014
The United States has rejected Moscow’s latest proposal for an agreement that would include legally binding curbs on U.S. missile defenses in Europe, the State Department said.
Pentagon: Russian Spy Ship, Tug Operating Near U.S.
April 25, 2014
A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday..
U.S. Military Voices Worries Over South Korean Use of Chinese Telecom Gear.
April 24, 2014
The U.S. military command in South Korea voiced concerns this week that a Chinese telecommunications deal with South Korea could undermine the security of communications on the tense Korean peninsula.
U.S. Lifts Ban on Attack Helicopters for Egypt
April 24, 2014
The Obama administration has reversed course and will send Egypt new Apache attack helicopters that were urgently requested by Cairo in March to counter the growing threat from al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.
U.S. Intelligence, HHS Fail to Locate Foreign Malware Inside Obamacare Networkst
April 22, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Health and Human Services investigated the software used by Obamacare computer networks but did not discover malicious code from Belarus, the HHS’ top information official said on Monday.
U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia
April 21, 2014
After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said.
Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights
April 17, 2014
The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.
Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM
April 14, 2014
Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine.
Administration Urged to Lift Restrictions on Non-Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine
April 14, 2014
The Obama administration is withholding urgently needed non-lethal military equipment to Ukraine under restrictions that view body armor, night vision goggles, radios, and fuel as destabilizing “force multipliers,” according to a bipartisan assessment of Ukraine’s military needs.
China Reveals New Carrier Jet Prior to Hagel Visit
April 9, 2014
China’s military has allowed the public release of the first photographs of a warplane variant deployed on the Liaoning — the aircraft carrier that saw its first visit by U.S. officials this week.
Putin Corruption Network Revealed
April 7, 2014
Corruption by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his administration in Moscow has produced tens of billions of dollars worth of illicit funds for the Russian leader and his top aides, according to U.S. officials.
CIA Official Dies in Apparent Suicide
April 7, 2014
A senior CIA official has died in an apparent suicide this week from injuries sustained after jumping off a building in northern Virginia, according to sources close to the CIA.
Admiral Warns that Risk of Nuclear Conflict Is Growing
April 3, 2014
Russia is engaged in a large-scale buildup of strategic nuclear forces that has been underway for a decade, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) told Congress on Wednesday.
Feds Curtail Major Counterterror Exercise in Washington
April 1, 2014
The White House sharply curbed a major counterterrorism drill scheduled for Tuesday in Washington that was designed to test the federal government response to threats of car bombs attacks and a chemical weapons strike on the Metro subway system.
White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades
March 28, 2014
Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday.
Russian Troop Movements Near Eastern Ukraine Trigger Fears of Imminent Invasion
March 27, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies warned Congress late Wednesday that Russian military forces are massing near Ukraine’s borders and appear ready to launch an invasion with little or no warning.
China waging ‘Three Warfares’ against United States in Asia, Pentagon says
March 26, 2014
China is waging political warfare against the United States as part of a strategy to drive the U.S. military out of Asia and control seas near its coasts, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.
House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violations
March 21, 2014
Two senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.
Chinese Police University Trains Beijing Hackers
March 20, 2014
China’s main internal security and police university is training hackers for cyber attacks, according to new information obtained by the U.S. government.
Moscow Accuses Ukraine of Electronic Attack on Satellite
March 17, 2014
Russia is accusing Ukraine of conducting an electronic attack on an orbiting communications satellite and is threatening unspecified retaliation as cyber warfare between the two states heats up over the crisis in Crimea.
Russian Inspectors to Check U.S. Nuclear Cuts Amid Ukraine Crisis
March 17, 2014
Russian arms officials will arrive in the United States on Monday to conduct an inspection of U.S. strategic nuclear facilities amid heightened tensions over Moscow’s military incursion into Ukraine and a U.S. ultimatum to withdraw the forces.
Al Qaeda to Launch English-Language Magazine
March 14, 2014
Al Qaeda has announced plans to launch a new magazine aimed at recruiting Americans and promoting “lone wolf” terror attacks and the group’s jihadist agenda, according to a video produced by al Qaeda’s media arm.
Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China’s Stealth Fighter
March 12, 2014
A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts.
Obama administration rejects urgent appeal from Egypt to deliver Apache attack helicopters
March 12, 2014
The Obama administration has turned down an urgent appeal from Egypt’s government for the delivery of U.S. Apache attack helicopters needed for counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.
Pentagon: North Korea develops unmanned strike aircraft from stolen U.S. target drone
March 5, 2014
North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress.
Dempsey: Threat of Conflict in Asia Increasing
March 5, 2014
The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Russian forces mass near Ukraine’s eastern border
March 5, 2014
Russian military forces continued massing within six miles of Ukraine’s eastern border regions as tensions increased over Moscow’s so far bloodless attempt to take control of the country by force under the pretext of protecting ethnic Russians.
China Fields New Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missile
March 3, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies recently confirmed China’s development of a new intermediate-range nuclear missile (IRBM) called the Dongfeng-26C (DF-26C), U.S. officials said.
Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare
February 27, 2014
The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.
Obama Administration Ignores Russian Nuclear Violations
February 26, 2014
Russia is covertly developing and testing nuclear missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Obama administration to date has failed to hold Moscow accountable, according to arms control specialists.
Hagel announces steep U.S. defense cuts in aircraft, ships, troops, weapons
February 25, 2014
President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday.
Report: Taliban Insurgency to Grow After Troop Drawdown
February 21, 2014
The Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan will intensify following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year, according to a Pentagon-sponsored independent study.
Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows
February 19, 2014
Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.
Iconoclast Army General to Get Third Star
February 18, 2014
An Army general who in the past criticized senior Army leaders for dereliction during the Vietnam War has been promoted and will likely pin on a third star later this year.
White House, State not pressing South Korea to avoid using suspect Chinese telecom gear
February 14, 2014
Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.
White House Launches Infrastructure Cyber Security Initiative
February 13, 2014
The White House on Wednesday announced new policies improving public and private security efforts to protect critical U.S. infrastructures against the growing threat of cyber attacks.
Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies
February 12, 2014
Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk.
Former national security leaders voice concerns over Islamist infiltration of conservative movement
February 11, 2014
Islamists linked to the Muslim Brotherhood are seeking to influence the U.S. conservative movement as part of non-violent jihad against the United States, according to a group of retired national security leaders..
China Shows New Mobile ICBM on Internet
February 10, 2014
China’s military recently disclosed a new photo of its longest-range mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a key element of Beijing’s large-scale strategic nuclear buildup.
HHS Cannot Find Belarus Malware in Obamacare Networks
February 7, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services says it has been unable to locate malicious software from Belarus inside Obamacare computer networks, according to a department spokeswoman.
DNI, HHS urged to shut Obamacare website until security issues resolved
February 7, 2014
President Barack Obama and two senior aides are being urged to suspend all use of the Obamacare computer network until recent U.S. intelligence warnings of potential cyber attacks from Belarus are resolved.
Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence
February 4, 2014
A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.
Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack
February 3, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.
Pentagon intelligence official says Chinese hypersonic weapon poses major challenge
January 31, 2014
China’s new high-speed maneuvering warhead is a “great concern” because it appears designed for use with both nuclear and conventional Chinese military forces, a Pentagon intelligence official said Thursday.
DNI: China, Russia grow as cyber, space threats to U.S. security
January 30, 2014
China and Russia pose significant threats to U.S. cyber and space systems, the director of national intelligence (DNI) told Congress on Wednesday.
Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities
January 29, 2014
China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday.
Hypersonic strike vehicle test is high-tech arms breakthrough that will be difficult for missile defenses to counter
January 28, 2014
China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday.
U.S. Identifies Terror Group Threatening Attacks on the Olympics
January 27, 2014
Terrorists with a North Caucasus Islamist group are promising to carry out suicide bomb attacks at the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi next month, including chemical arms strikes.
UN Rights Commission: grave violations of human rights in North Korea
January 24, 2014
North Korea’s communist government is guilty of “grave violations” of fundamental human rights against its people, according to the head of a United Nations special human rights commission.
Chinese Defense Ministry Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test
January 15, 2014
China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that weapons designers recently conducted the first test of an ultra-high speed missile vehicle considered cutting edge military technology.
Congress Voices Concerns About Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test
January 14, 2014
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and two senior committee members voiced concerns Monday about China’s first test of a new high-speed missile vehicle.
China Conducts First Test of New Ultra-High Speed Missile Vehicle
January 13, 2014
China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.
State Department calls new China fishing curbs in South China Sea ‘dangerous and provocative’
January 9, 2014
China’s military last week conducted the first flight test of a new ultra-high speed missile vehicle aimed at delivering warheads through U.S. missile defenses, Pentagon officials said.
General: Strategic Military Satellites Vulnerable to Attack in Future Space War
January 8, 2014
U.S. strategic military satellites are vulnerable to attack in a future space war and the Pentagon is considering a major shift to smaller satellites in response, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said Tuesday.
China Orders Foreign Fishing Vessels Out of Most of the South China Sea
January 7, 2014
China has ordered foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from regional authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the South China Sea, setting up the potential for new confrontations between Beijing and its neighbors over maritime sovereignty claims to disputed islands.
U.S. Seeking al Qaeda Terrorist Linked to Benghazi Attack
January 3, 2014
The U.S. government is trying to apprehend an al Qaeda terrorist wanted for his role in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans.
Hagel Calls Chinese Naval Action ‘Irresponsible’
December 19, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday criticized the Chinese navy for the near collision between the U.S. guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens and a Chinese naval vessel in the South China Sea.
China Defense Ministry Confirms Naval Confrontation
December 18, 2013
China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday made its first official comments confirming the naval confrontation between a U.S. warship and a Chinese naval vessel during a tense standoff in the South China Sea.
Kim’s aunt absent from new leadership lineup
December 18, 2013
The wife of North Korea’s executed No. 2 leader failed to appear with other leaders at an anniversary meeting on Tuesday in Pyongyang—a sign U.S. officials say indicates the once-powerful aunt of current leader Kim Jong Un was ousted as part of the political purge underway in the reclusive communist state.
Iran Reveals New Details of Shoulder-Fired Missiles
December 17, 2013
Iran this month unveiled details on two shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that are a major concern among U.S. and allied counterterrorism officials due to Tehran’s support for global terrorist groups.
China Conducts Second Flight Test of New Long-Range Missile
December 17, 2013
China’s military conducted the second flight test of its newest long-range missile that is capable of hitting targets in the United States with a nuclear warhead, according to defense officials.
China’s State Media Blame U.S. for Near Collision of Warships
December 16, 2013
China’s state media on Monday said the recent near-collision between a U.S. guided missile cruiser and a Chinese navy ship in the South China Sea earlier this month was the result of threatening actions by the U.S. warship.
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters
December 13, 2013
A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
Al Qaeda Theorist Tells Islamists Not to Emulate Mandela
December 11, 2013
A Jordanian-based Islamist cleric urged jihadi terrorists last week not to emulate the late South African leader Nelson Mandela because he is an “infidel” and was given awards by major world powers.
China holds war games near Korean border
December 9, 2013
China’s military is holding large-scale military maneuvers near the North Korean border amid new signs of political instability in Pyongyang.
Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan
December 6, 2013
China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.
Pentagon: China Failed to Consult Before Imposing Air Defense Zone
December 4, 2013
China’s military imposed a destabilizing air defense zone over the East China Sea without consulting the United States, and top Pentagon leaders said Wednesday there have been no contacts with their Chinese counterparts since the zone was set up Nov. 23.
Senior North Korean Leader and Uncle to Kim Jong Un Ousted
December 4, 2013
A key power broker within North Korea’s family dictatorship was reportedly ousted on Tuesday, a move that indicates new signs of instability within the reclusive, nuclear-armed communist state.
China Threatens Japan Ahead of Biden Trip
December 3, 2013
China’s military ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday over its disputed East China Sea air defense zone by threatening military action against Japan and saying it would enforce new aircraft controls.
American Veteran Held in North Korea Highlights Plight of Missing U.S. POWs
December 3, 2013
The arrest and detention of American Korean War veteran Merrill E. Newman highlights North Korea’s holding of other prisoners of war who were part of a secret Army unit running covert operations inside North Korea, according to a specialist on the conflict.
Iran-North Korea Missile Cooperation Undermines Recent Geneva Nuclear Deal
November 27, 2013
Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday.
Iran, North Korea Secretly Developing New Long-Range Rocket Booster for ICBMs
November 26, 2013
Iranian missile technicians secretly visited North Korea as part of joint development of a new rocket booster for long-range missiles or space launchers at the same time nuclear talks took place in Geneva, according to U.S. officials.
Pentagon outlines strategy on Arctic security threats as polar ice melts
November 25, 2013
The Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new strategy to defend the Arctic region from security threats as Russia builds up cold-weather forces in the region and China prepares to claim resources.
U.S. Warns China Over East China Sea Maritime Grab
November 25, 2013
The Pentagon invoked a U.S. defense treaty with Japan and warned China on Saturday that its declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea is increasing the danger of military conflict.
Rice Warns China to Curb Cyber Espionage
November 21, 2013
China’s continued cyber espionage against the United States is undermining economic relations, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Beijing on Wednesday.
JCS Chairman Decries Defense Budget Uncertainty
November 20, 2013
The uncertainty of U.S. defense spending is undermining the ability of U.S. military forces in Asia to maintain stability amid a growing military buildup by China, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pentagon: Drone Strikes to Remain Indispensable Weapon Against Terrorists
November 19, 2013
Drone strikes against terrorists are extremely effective and will remain an “indispensable” weapon in the war against terrorists for the foreseeable future, according to the Pentagon’s senior intelligence policymaker.
U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists
November 16, 2013
Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Admiral: China Nuclear Missile Submarine Threat is Not Credible
November 16, 2013
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — China’s recent threat to use submarine-launched nuclear missiles to attack U.S. cities lacks credibility, the Navy’s top admiral said on Saturday.
China’s Communist Party to Set Up Security Committee Amid Growing Repression
November 15, 2013
China’s Communist Party announced this week it is creating a new high-level security organ amid growing signs that the collective dictatorship under President Xi Jinping is preparing for conflict abroad while stepping up crackdowns on dissent at home.
China Tests High-Speed Precision-Guided Torpedo
November 14, 2013
China’s navy recently conducted a test of a new high-speed maneuvering torpedo that poses a threat to U.S. ships and submarines.
Russia to Deploy Long-Range Attack Drone by 2016
November 13, 2013
Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials.
U.S. Sees Divisions Within Chinese Politburo Leadership Over Economic Reforms
November 12, 2013
China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday responded to a report in the Free Beacon revealing that the activities of a secret Chinese military cyber warfare unit are continuing despite disclosure of the activities by a private security company.
China Responds to Free Beacon Report
November 8, 2013
U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported divisions emerging within the secretive Chinese communist leadership over economic reforms, as leaders appear split between those favoring more capitalist-oriented change and more ideological advocates backing tight government control over the economy.
China Deploys New Bomber with Long-Range Land Attack Missile
November 7, 2013
China’s military recently deployed an upgraded strategic bomber that will carry the military’s new long-range land attack cruise missile, capable of attacking Hawaii and Guam, according to a draft congressional report.
Putin to Visit Egypt in Bid to Restore Military Ties
November 7, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt later this month as part of a push by Moscow to replace the United States as the Egyptian military’s main patron.
China Cyber Espionage Grows
November 6, 2013
The recent exposure of a secret Chinese military cyber warfare unit has not led to a decrease in cyber espionage against U.S. government and private networks, according a draft congressional China commission report.
U.S., South Korea far from agreeing to relaunch nuclear talks with North Korea
November 5, 2013
The Obama administration remains adamant that it is opposed to renewed six-nation nuclear talks on North Korea until Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward giving up its nuclear arsenal and infrastructure, a senior Obama administration official said yesterday.
Pentagon, State Department silent on threatening reports outlining Chinese plans for nuclear attacks on U.S. cities
November 4, 2013
The Obama administration declined to comment on Sunday on provocative state-run Chinese media reports outlining Beijing’s nuclear war plans, including land-based and submarine-launched missile strikes on U.S. cities that would kill up to 12 million people.
China Launches New Crackdown on Unofficial Churches
November 1, 2013
China’s communist government launched a new crackdown on unofficial Christian churches in October, claiming the groups are illegal for operating outside of government control, according to a Chinese dissident.
Western Jihadists Suspected in Tiananmen Terror Attack
October 31, 2013
Ethnic Uighur jihadists from the restive Xinjiang province are suspected of carrying out a vehicle attack in front of Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen gate on Monday, according to Chinese authorities.
Moscow Conducts Large-Scale Nuclear Attack Drill
October 30, 2013
Russian strategic forces carried out a large-scale surprise military drill on Wednesday, launching four nuclear missiles that were closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies, U.S. officials said.
Pentagon, Energy Department Moving Ahead with Upgraded, Precision-Guided Nuclear Bomb
October 30, 2013
The oldest nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal is being modernized with a precision-guidance kit and more modern safety features, Pentagon and Energy Department officials told Congress on Monday.
Drone Strike Kills Two Al Shabaab Terrorists in Somalia
October 28, 2013
A U.S. drone strike in Somalia killed two terrorists of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab, including a leader of the group, a U.S. official said.
New Russian ICBM Test Fuels Worries Over Violation of 1987 Missile Treaty
October 24, 2013
Russia’s latest flight of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile this month appears to be another circumvention of a 1987 nuclear missile accord, U.S. officials and private arms specialists said.
Islamist Terrorists Shifting from Web to Social Media
October 23, 2013
Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are grappling with terrorists who are moving from websites to microblogs as a way to spread propaganda, recruit members, and communicate.
Chinese Military Engaged in Political Warfare Against the United States
October 22, 2013
China’s military is using covert political warfare operations to influence U.S. policies and opinions toward Beijing while working to defeat perceived enemies like the United States and Taiwan, according to a report on the sub-rosa activities.
China moves ahead with reactor sales to Pakistan in violation of global nuclear control regime
October 18, 2013
China is moving ahead with plans to sell two nuclear reactors to Pakistan in a deal U.S. officials say will violate Beijing’s promises under an international nuclear control group.
North Korea’s Overseas Restaurants Used for Espionage and Gaining Hard Currency
October 15, 2013
North Korea’s global network of state-run restaurants, most in China, are dens of espionage and sites of operations involving tens of thousands of overseas North Koreans who send the regime in Pyongyang more than $100 million in hard currency annually, according to U.S. and western intelligence officials.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Testifies He Was Not Directly Involved in Failure to Prepare for Benghazi Terror Attack
October 11, 2013
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress this week that he was not directly involved in preparations by the U.S. military and security forces to respond to possible attacks on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror strikes.
U.S. Vulnerable to Bio Warfare Attack
October 11, 2013
The United States remains vulnerable to deadly biological warfare attacks that could kill tens of thousands of people, several weapons specialists told Congress on Friday.
Republicans: Pentagon Playing Politics by Refusing Death Benefits
October 9, 2013
In a move House critics say is cynical Washington politics, the Pentagon is improperly refusing to pay death benefits to military survivors despite recent legislation authorizing the gratuity.
Terror Raids Ignore Benghazi Suspects
October 8, 2013
Strategic nuclear missiles, submarines, and bombers remain ready despite the U.S. government shutdown and the furloughing of some nuclear force workers, according to the U.S. Strategic Command.
Stratcom: U.S. strategic nuclear forces remain on alert despite government shutdown
October 4, 2013
Strategic nuclear missiles, submarines, and bombers remain ready despite the U.S. government shutdown and the furloughing of some nuclear force workers, according to the U.S. Strategic Command.
U.S., Japan to Upgrade Defense Ties
October 4, 2013
The United States and Japan announced on Thursday that defense relations are being strengthened for the first time in 16 years, including new force deployments and greater cooperation against missile and cyber attacks.
China Asks U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Arms Proliferators, Iran Traders
October 4, 2013
China is asking the Obama administration to lift sanctions on five Chinese state-run companies that were hit with U.S. sanctions in the past for arms sales and other illicit transfers to rogue states.
China conducts satellite capture in space as part of Star Wars military program
October 4, 2013
China last week conducted a test of a maneuvering satellite that captured another satellite in space during what Pentagon officials say was a significant step forward for Beijing’s space warfare program.
Al Qaeda Opens First Official Twitter Account
September 27, 2013
An official al Qaeda website that is restricted to members of the terrorist group opened its first Twitter account this week in what U.S. officials say is an effort to resolve a major split over Syria’s Islamist rebels.
Obama administration continues to ignore Beijing’s illegal transfer of ICBM launchers to N Korea
September 27, 2013
The Obama administration is ignoring China’s transfer of mobile nuclear missile launchers to North Korea as Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday applauded China for announcing new export controls on Pyongyang’s arms programs.
Russia, China Hold Large-Scale War Games
September 26, 2013
Pentagon intelligence agencies are closely watching Russian and Chinese war games now taking place in Europe and Asia involving tens of thousands of troops.
Twitter blocks multiple accounts of Somali al Qaeda group during Kenya attack
September 23, 2013
The social media giant Twitter is fighting to prevent the al Qaeda terrorist group al Shabaab from using its service to spread propaganda and has blocked six accounts linked to the group, including at least three created in the past two days, according to U.S. officials.
State Department acting arms official raises concerns about verifying Russia’s Syria chemical weapons deal
September 20, 2013
The State Department’s senior arms control negotiator has been an unconfirmed acting undersecretary for 19 months at the same time she oversaw violations and verification of arms accords.
Chinese Military Capable of Jamming U.S. Communications System
September 20, 2013
China’s military is using stolen U.S. military secrets obtained from a convicted spy to defeat a high-technology communications system used in joint warfighting, combined arms warfare, and missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.
China Seeks Weaker Export Controls on Military Equipment
September 18, 2013
China has supplied the Obama administration with a detailed list of space, military, and defense technology controls that it wants changed, and an interagency review is underway to meet some of Beijing’s demands, according to U.S. officials.
Online jihadists suggest Navy Yard shooting was terrorism as US authorities look for clues to motive in murder of 12 Navy workers
September 16, 2013
Several online jihadists suggested Islamists were behind the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard as federal and local police investigated the motive behind the attack.
Former CIA leader: Syria’s Islamist Rebels Gaining Power
September 13, 2013
Syria’s al Qaeda-linked rebels are gaining strength and garnering support from more secular opposition forces, a former deputy CIA director said.
Admiral: U.S. submarine forces decline as forces of China, Russia, Iran advance undersea warfare capabilities
September 13, 2013
China, Russia, and Iran pose regional and strategic submarine threats and are building up undersea warfare capabilities as the Navy is cutting its submarine force by 30 percent, the admiral in charge of Pentagon submarine programs told Congress on Thursday.
Report: Syrian Chemical Arms Could Be Used by Terrorists
September 12, 2013
Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles are vulnerable to being taken and used by terrorist groups, according to a new report by an Israeli think tank.
Obama Asks Congress to Delay Vote Authorizing Military Attack on Syria
September 10, 2013
President Barack Obama on Tuesday backed away from plans to order an immediate military strike on Syria for its use of chemical weapons against civilians while pursuing a Russian diplomatic initiative.
Libyan Terror Group Threatens Embassy Attack
September 10, 2013
A group calling itself the Islamic Emirate of Libya posted a notice online Tuesday listing the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli as a possible target of a terror attack coinciding with the anniversary this week of the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.
Number of Released Gitmo Detainees Returning to Terrorism Increases
September 9, 2013
Three additional terrorists once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison were confirmed as having returned to terrorism after their release, and two others joined the ranks of those suspected of rejoining jihad against the West, according to a U.S. intelligence report made public last week.
Congress Voices Concern that U.S. Strikes Will Boost Syria’s Islamist Rebels
September 6, 2013
Congressional debate over planned U.S. airstrikes against Syria is raising new concerns from lawmakers that attacks will bolster Islamist rebels and increase the chances al Qaeda-linked forces will come to power.
House Chairman McKeon says pro-defense Republicans will seek to reverse sequester in Syria resolution
September 5, 2013
Defense Republicans in the House are seeking to overturn deep, automatic defense spending cuts as part of the debate on whether to authorize military force against Syria, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.
Dempsey Outlines Strike Goals, Potential Retaliation
September 4, 2013
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Wednesday that Syria could conduct cyber attacks in retaliation for U.S. military strikes and that U.S. forces are prepared for regional retaliation that could include Hezbollah terrorism.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Criticizes Leak of Syria Military Plans, Delay in Syria Strikes as Forces Moved
September 3, 2013
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president’s top military adviser, told the Senate on Tuesday that U.S. plans for attacks on Syria were made more difficult by leaks to the press and the president’s delay in ordering the strikes.
Obama Administration Makes Case for Attacks on Syria
September 3, 2013
Senior Obama administration officials urged Congress on Tuesday to authorize limited military strikes against Syria for its poison gas attacks, asserting that a failure to act would encourage further atrocities.
Syria Facing U.S. Cyber Attacks in Upcoming Strikes
August 31, 2013
U.S. military forces are expected to roll out new cyber warfare capabilities during the anticipated military strike on Syria for its use of a deadly nerve agent, according to military sources.
Pentagon Can’t Afford Syria Operation; Must Seek Additional Funds
August 30, 2013
The U.S. military, struggling after defense cuts of tens of billions of dollars, will be unable to pay for attacks on Syria from current operating funds and must seek additional money from Congress, according to congressional aides.
Fifth US warship joins cruise missile ships in Mediterranea
August 29, 2013
A fifth U.S. warship steamed toward the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday to join four other cruise missile destroyers poised for strikes on Syria, as U.S. and allied military planning continued for a bombing campaign against Syria.
U.S.: Al Qaeda-linked Group Behind Benghazi Attack Trains Jihadists for Syrian Rebel Groups
August 28, 2013
U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this month uncovered new evidence that al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Benghazi are training foreign jihadists to fight with Syria’s Islamist rebels, according to U.S. officials.
Syria’s al Qaeda Rebels Vow Revenge Terror Attacks
August 27, 2013
Two Syrian al Qaeda-affiliated rebel groups this week called for terror attacks against Syrian civilians in retaliation for the mass killings by nerve gas near Damascus, according to U.S. officials.
U.S. Warships Set for Cruise Missile Strikes on Syria
August 27, 2013
Four U.S. Navy destroyers armed with land-attack cruise missiles are positioned in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea as President Barack Obama considers ordering attacks on Syria for using chemical weapons against civilians.
China Launches Three ASAT Satellites
August 26, 2013
China’s military recently launched three small satellites into orbit as part of Beijing’s covert anti-satellite warfare program, according to a U.S. official.
Obama Administration Considers Plan to Bolster Mexico’s Southern Border
August 22, 2013
Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.
American, European Jihadists in Syria Raise New Domestic Terror Fears
August 20, 2013
Significant numbers of American and European jihadists are traveling to Syria to join Islamist rebels, prompting new fears of a future wave of al Qaeda terror attacks in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. officials..
Obama Policies Turning Egypt Against U.S.
August 15, 2013
The Obama administration support for Muslim Brotherhood Islamists in Egypt is driving the powerful military there against the United States and toward Moscow, according to U.S. officials and reports from the region.
China Conducts Another Mobile ICBM Test
August 14, 2013
China’s military recently carried out a third test of a long-range DF-31A ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States with nuclear warheads.
Armed Services Subcommittee Chair: Missile Defense Modernization Needed
August 13, 2013
The Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time when missile threats are growing, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces said Tuesday.
Drone Strike Reportedly Wounds Al Qaeda Master Bomb Maker
August 12, 2013
A Saudi national known to be a key al Qaeda bomb maker was wounded during a U.S.-led drone strike in Yemen, according to a Yemeni news report.
Terror Threat Intelligence Not New
August 5, 2013
Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks.
China Reveals New Short-Range Missile
August 2, 2013
The Chinese military has deployed a new advanced short-range missile known as the DF-12 that was revealed for the first time in photos posted on the Internet this week.
Russia Rejects Holder’s Extradition Request for Snowden
August 1, 2013
Russia’s government this week formally rejected a request from Attorney General Eric Holder to extradite former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, despite a U.S. promise not to execute the NSA leaker.
China’s Military Preparing for ‘People’s War’ in Cyberspace, Space
July 30, 2013
China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report.
Al Qaeda Prison Break Increases Terrorist Threat to Region
July 26, 2013
Al Qaeda claimed credit this week for a sophisticated attack on two Iraqi prisons, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, that freed 500 prisoners including numerous al Qaeda leaders and members considered by U.S. officials to be dangerous terrorists.
Book: American POWs left behind from Korean War
July 26, 2013
U.S. prisoners of war were left behind in North Korea, China, and Russia after the Korean War and the Pentagon failed to win their release or a full accounting of their fate, according to research contained in a new book that is highly critical of U.S. POW recovery efforts.
Edward Snowden Seeking to Join KGB Veterans Group
July 24, 2013
Renegade National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to join a group of former Russian intelligence and security officials, according to the group’s director.
Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria
July 24, 2013
Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.
Gen. Martin Dempsey Warns U.S. Intervention in Syria Will Trigger Wider War
July 23, 2013
U.S. military intervention in Syria on behalf of Syria rebels fighting the Bashar al-Assad regime risks embroiling the United States and states in the region in a wider conflict, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a letter to Congress.
PLA Navy to Begin First Strategic Missile Submarine Patrols Next Year
July 23, 2013
China’s navy is expected to begin the first sea patrols next year of a new class of strategic missile submarines, highlighting a new and growing missile threat to the U.S. homeland, according to U.S. defense officials.
Al Qaeda Rebels Kill Free Syrian Army Commander
July 19, 2013
A key commander of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army was killed recently by Syria’s al Qaeda rebels, a sign the opposition to the Bashar al-Assad regime is fracturing and Islamist rebels are on the rise.
U.S., Indonesian Forces Conduct War Games
July 18, 2013
U.S. military forces carried out a series of war games with the Indonesian military recently that went largely unreported but represent a significant step forward in U.S. military relations in Asia.
Cuba confirms missile shipment
July 17, 2013
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that it sent missiles and other military equipment to North Korea aboard a ship that was seized by Panamanian government authorities.
Asian Jets Intercept Russian Strategic Bombers
July 17, 2013
Russian strategic nuclear bombers taking part in large-scale military exercises flew practice strike missions in the western Pacific on Monday and were intercepted by Japanese fighters, according to Japanese and Russian officials.
North Korean ship carrying Cuban missile radar highlights rogue states’ military cooperation
July 16, 2013
The seizure of a covert shipment of missile parts from Cuba on a North Korean freighter is raising new fears that the two communist governments secretly are engaged in the trade of threatening ballistic missiles.
U.S.-China dialogue, exploited by Beijing for propaganda, produces no substantive results
July 16, 2013
The Obama administration concluded its fifth round of high-level talks with China last week amid much fanfare, but as with past dialogue meetings, the “strategic” talks produced no substantive results.
McKeon: State Department Ignores Major Russian Treaty Violation
July 15, 2013
The State Department’s annual report on arms control compliance failed to identify a major Russian treaty violation, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday.
China alarmed over U.S.-Japan tiltrotor aircraft exercise
July 12, 2013
China’s military voiced alarm over a recent joint exercise with Japan that showed off a new Marine Corps tiltrotor aircraft in war games Beijing said were preparation for an assault against China, according to military and intelligence officials.
Al Qaeda spokesman says Syria next target for terrorist jihad
July 12, 2013
Al Qaeda’s American spokesman announced in a recent statement that the takeover of Syria is the next target in the terror group’s plan for Islamist revolution in the Levant.
U.S. officials optimistic about local uprisings
July 12, 2013
In a positive sign for U.S. efforts to stabilize the country, grassroots, popular uprisings against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan are growing, while reported plans this week for a complete U.S. troop pullout from the country prompted opposition to the plan from Afghan officials.
Report reveals new data on growing Chinese missile threat
July 11, 2013
China is developing several new short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, according to a military intelligence report made public this week.
Russia seeking tighter Internet controls after NSA leaks
July 10, 2013
Russia’s government is seeking to tighten controls over the Internet in the aftermath of disclosures about National Security Agency (NSA) data collection programs.
DNI Clapper Won’t Resign Over Misleading Congress on NSA Surveillance
July 9, 2013
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has no plans to resign following disclosures to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he misled Congress on widespread National Security Agency electronic surveillance of Americans.
U.S., China Talk Cyber Theft at Strategic Dialogue
July 8, 2013
U.S. and Chinese officials met in Washington on Monday for the first talks between the two nations on the contentious issue of cyber attacks and cyber theft of intellectual property.
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.
Russian intelligence director accused West of cyber attacks as NATO conducts cyber attack exercise
March 30, 2012
A senior Russian security official told reporters this week that Western intelligence agencies are using cyber attacks to damage Russia and members of the anti-U.S. alliance known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Inability to confirm nuclear blasts continues to dog test ban treaty despite new study and Obama's push for ratification
March 30, 2012
An interagency intelligence assessment of the controversial Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) concludes that verifying the pact's ban on nuclear tests remains difficult and that verification problems remain unresolved since the Senate first rejected the treaty in 1999.
Missile defense envoy outlines plans for Russian talks
March 29, 2012
A senior State Department official this week revealed the Obama administration's plan for working with Russia on missile defenses.
Administration continues to face criticism for Obama-Medvedev exchange on future U.S. missile defense concessions
March 29, 2012
House Speaker John Boehner joined a growing chorus of critics concerned over President Obama's secret promise of concessions to Russia on missile defense after the November elections.
French space company set to get high-tech export license despite U.S. probe into its illicit sales to China
March 23, 2012
According to U.S. officials, the State Department is set to issue new export licenses for sensitive U.S. satellite technology to a French company currently under investigation for illicit transfers to China, despite expected opposition from Republicans in Congress.
Admiral warns of growing threat of conflict with China over territorial claims
March 22, 2012
China's broad territorial claims to international waters in Asia, along with U.S. defense cuts, are increasing the risk of a conflict in Asia, according to the recently retired commander of the Navy's Pacific Fleet.
Commander: U.S. won't back down in Afghan counterinsurgency
March 21, 2012
The commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said troop levels would not be reduced prematurely as the result of the local population's anger over recent events.
Pentagon to pay new contractor $200 million more while upping fees for military retirees
March 20, 2012
The Pentagon has agreed to pay a health care provider about $200 million more than a competing contractor's bid for military retirees' Tricare services at the same time as it is asking retirees to pay large increases for their care.
Flamboyant China Party Boss Ousted
March 15, 2012
China's powerful regional Communist Party chief in southern Chongqing, who was angling for a seat on the collective dictatorship that rules China, was ousted on Thursday, state-run media reported.
House Armed Services Chairman: U.S. lacks commitment in Afghanistan
March 15, 2012
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday that the world remains more dangerous than ever and criticized the Obama administration for its lack of commitment to the war in Afghanistan.
Chinese telecoms seeking access to U.S. markets have close ties to PLA, report says
March 13, 2012
New information about Chinese civilian telecommunications companies' close support of the Chinese military and information warfare programs is raising fresh concerns about the companies' access to U.S. markets, according to a congressional report.
Bipartisan group tells Pentagon U.S. Should Sanction Russian State Arms Exporter for Syrian Arms Sales
March 12, 2012
A bipartisan group of senators on Monday called on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to end U.S. government ties to Russia's state arms exporter over its weapons transfers to Syria.
Obama nuclear cuts challenged
March 9, 2012
A senior House Republican leader of the Armed Services Committee filed legislation on Thursday that would limit nuclear warhead cuts under a treaty with Russia and prevent President Obama from cutting strategic nuclear forces by 80 percent.
The Coming China Cyberwar
March 8, 2012
China's military has developed highly sophisticated cyber warfare capabilities that would be used to cripple computer networks at the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Transportation Command that would direct American forces to defend Taiwan in a future conflict, according to a congressional report.
China Unveils New Nuke Missile
March 8, 2012
Photos of what appear to be a new Chinese intermediate-range "strategic" missile have appeared on Chinese websites. The missile's existence is prompting U.S. intelligence agencies to examine whether China's military has secretly produced another new weapons system as part of its large-scale buildup.
Pentagon Policymaker Says Military Plans Ready for Iran Strike
March 7, 2012
The Pentagon's senior policy official, who until recently took part in detailed war planning, said on Tuesday that U.S. military strike plans for Iranian nuclear facilities are very advanced and ready for use.
U.S. uncovers Chinese spying and influence campaign to derail Pentagon's Asia buildup
March 6, 2012
China's intelligence agencies are conducting a major covert influence campaign aimed at derailing the Obama administration's military shift to Asia, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
As U.S. cuts, China's defense budget to top $100 billion this year
March 5, 2012
China's communist government on Sunday announced that its defense spending for 2012 will surpass $100 billion for the first time.
Pentagon Stalls China Report
March 2, 2012
A Republican member of Congress called on the Pentagon on Friday to comply with current law and release its annual report on China's military buildup, which was due out on Thursday.
The war on Tricare
March 1, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday defended the Pentagon's plan to increase healthcare fees for military personnel as a senior House Republican called the increases another Obama administration "hit" on the military.
Obama to cut healthcare benefites to active duty and retire US military
February 27, 2012
The Obama administration's proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers' benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare's state-run insurance exchanges.
Leader of "Red Campaign" survives reports of purge
Feb. 24, 2012
A senior Chinese communist party leader who dispatched armed forces to a U.S. consulate to head off the defection of a former police chief was shown on state-run television this week, a sign he has survived allegations of corruption.
DIA Director: China preparing for space warfare
Feb. 23, 2012
Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China's space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China's anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.
Pentagon Planning Downgrade in Afghanistan Command
February 22, 2012
The Pentagon is considering downgrading the U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan, which is currently headed by a four-star Army general, to a three-star special operations command, according to U.S. officials.
Chinese Demand Return of Documents
February 21, 2012
The failed defection of a high-ranking Chinese police official is shining a light on a power struggle at the highest levels of China's communist system—and bringing to the fore a debate among U.S. intelligence officials as to what is really happening in the People's Republic of China.
House Republicans to Obama: Nuke cut plan is 'dangerous'
February 17, 2012
President Obama's plan for the Pentagon to cut deployed strategic nuclear warheads by 80 percent is meeting harsh resistance from House Armed Services Committee Republicans on Capitol Hill who called the plan "dangerous."
Xi Jinping: The Princelings' Prince
February 16, 2012
During Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington, D.C., this week, the media glossed over several facts about the man expected to be China's next supreme ruler, including his ties to the Chinese military, his connections to U.S. business interests, and his past role in violations of Tibet's human rights.
Dempsey, Panetta confirm study of deep warhead cuts
February 16, 2012
The U.S. military is considering deep cuts in U.S. strategic nuclear forces as part of a presidentially directed review, senior military and defense officials confirmed to Congress on Wednesday.
House Probes Botched Defection in China
February 15, 2012
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is investigating whether the U.S. government mishandled a request for asylum from a senior Chinese Communist Party official who was turned away from a U.S. consulate after spending a night at the diplomatic post in southern China.
Nuking our Nukes
February 14, 2012
President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to consider cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces to as low as 300 deployed warheads—below the number believed to be in China's arsenal and far fewer than current Russian strategic warhead stocks.
Obama Budget Slashes Defense
February 14, 2012
The Obama administration on Monday unveiled the first of a potential $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade in what critics say is a policy that will leave the military under-equipped and ill-prepared to meet future global threats.
Intel Fight Over China Succession
February 14, 2012
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington on Monday as his future as China's next supreme leader is the subject of a fierce debate within the U.S. government over whether he is under attack by a hardline nationalist faction within the ruling Communist Party.
China Probes Police Official After Obama Administration Rejected Asylum Request
February 10, 2012
The Obama administration rebuffed a senior Chinese police official in southern China who sought to defect, turning him away after his presence became known to Chinese security forces.
French defense contractor flouting export rules
February 9, 2012
The State Department is set to sanction a major French aerospace defense firm for their refusal to provide the U.S. government with data on restricted U.S. technology contained in satellites they sold to China in violation of U.S. export controls.
U.S. Dismisses China's Role in Downing of Drone
February 9, 2012
A U.S. official on Wednesday rejected reports that China's military was behind Iran's downing of a U.S. spy drone.
Video: China tests first aircraft carrier
February 8, 2012
Chinese internet video posted Jan. 25 showing sea trials for China's first aircraft carrier, the refurbished Russian aircraft carrier Varyag.
Chinese Communists Influence U.S. Policy Through Ex-Military Officials
February 7, 2012
China's intelligence services are using a private exchange program for retired U.S. and Chinese generals to influence the U.S. government and downplay Beijing's large-scale military buildup, according to a congressional report.
New space-arms control initiative draws concern
January 17, 2012
The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage.
Feds: France hinders probe of satellite technology sale to China
December 21, 2011
U.S. lawmakers and Obama administration officials say France has stymied a 3½-year State Department investigation into whether a French defense contractor illegally gave U.S. satellite technology to China.
General: Prioritize nuclear upgrades in budget
November 23, 2011
U.S. strategic nuclear forces are old, in dire need of modernization and face "draconian" cuts because of the federal budget crisis, the commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Tuesday.
Cold War strategist Ikle dies; ex-Pentagon leader
November 17, 2011
Fred Charles Ikle, one of the key Pentagon strategists who helped win the Cold War during the Reagan administration, died Nov. 10. He was 87.
Pentagon battle concept signals Cold War posture on China
November 10, 2011
The Pentagon lifted the veil of secrecy Wednesday on a new battle concept aimed at countering Chinese military efforts to deny access to areas near its territory and in cyberspace.
Watchdog reveals Iran's nuclear arms work
Nov. 9, 2011
Iran has carried out extensive development of nuclear weapons, including work on a warhead for its medium-range Shahab-3 missile and preparations for an underground test, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in an internal report Tuesday.
FBI says Russian spies got close to Cabinet
November 1, 2011
The FBI rounded up a network of deep-cover Russian spies last year after the group came close to placing an agent near a Cabinet official in the Obama administration, a senior FBI counterspy said Monday as the bureau released once-secret documents on the case.
Defense chief says U.S. is shifting focus to Asia
October 27, 2011
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta traveled to Asia this week, and his message to allies and adversaries - mainly China and North Korea - was clear: The United States is shifting its focus to the region and bolstering forces and alliances there.
A new look at Berlin as the wall was built
October 27, 2011
The CIA and National Archives are releasing declassified documents Thursday that provide new insights into the Berlin crisis of 1961, when the Soviet Union and United States faced off over access to West Berlin and the building of the Cold War's most infamous symbol.
Cybercommand chief opposes U.N. net control
October 21, 2011
BALTIMORE -- The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday that he does not favor giving the United Nations the power to regulate the Internet.
Export changes raise proliferation worries
October 13, 2011
The Obama administration recently informed Congress that it is planning to loosen controls on foreign sales of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and other weapons, possibly C-130 transports and even F-16 fighters, according to congressional aides.
Chinese telecom firm tied to spy ministry
October 12, 2011
A U.S. intelligence report for the first time links China's largest telecommunications company to Beijing's KGB-like intelligence service and says the company recently received nearly a quarter-billion dollars from the Chinese government.
Chinese think tank also serves as spy arm
September 29, 2011
When Vice President Joseph R. Biden met a group of five Chinese "think tank" experts in Beijing on Aug. 20, the meeting at the U.S. Embassy was billed in his official schedule as simply a round-table discussion with academics.
U.S. selling JDAM guided bombs to Taiwan
September 22, 2011
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced the sale of advanced "smart bombs" and other high-tech strike arms to Taiwan under a new $5.8 billion arms package to upgrade the island's F-16 force.
Brian Kelley, veteran counterspy, dies at 68
September 21, 2011
Retired CIA officer Brian J. Kelley, a veteran counterspy who broke the code on how Moscow secretly communicates with deep-cover agents and who mistakenly was hounded by the FBI as a suspected KGB mole, has died. He was 68.
Arms sale to Taiwan may fray China ties
September 20, 2011
The Pentagon is bracing for some cutbacks in military and other cooperation efforts with China as a result of a new arms package for Taiwan, expected to be announced formally this week.
Computer-based attacks emerge as threat of future, general says
September 14, 2011
The general in charge of U.S. cyberwarfare forces said Tuesday that future computer-based combat likely will involve electronic strikes that cause widespread power outages and even physical destruction of thousand-ton machines.
Military, CIA shun 9/11 panel on covert operations
September 9, 2011
The U.S. military and the CIA failed to agree on implementing a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks: Give special-operations commandos the lead for all covert military action.
Jihadists plot to take over Libya
September 5, 2011
Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.
China expanding its nuclear stockpile
August 26, 2011
China is expanding its nuclear forces with a new multiwarhead mobile missile and keeps its strategic stockpiles in deep underground bunkers, the Pentagon disclosed in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military.
Pentagon report: China closer to matching modern militaries
August 25, 2011
China made impressive gains last year in its military buildup that pushed the Communist Party-controlled People's Liberation Army closer to matching modern militaries, according to the Pentagon's annual report to Congress made public Wednesday.
China begins to build its own aircraft carrier
August 1, 2011
China has begun work on its first aircraft carrier and probably will develop two or more, along with outfitting a former Russian carrier that is set to begin sea trials soon, Pentagon officials said.
VOA overseer creates static with switch to Internet, social media
July 31, 2011
The Obama administration is sharply restructuring the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency in charge of all U.S. government broadcasting, while being urged to increase the spread of unfettered news and information around the world.
Pentagon rejects call to halt spy flights near China
July 27, 2011
The Pentagon on Wednesday rejected China's demand that all U.S. surveillance flights near China be halted after two Chinese fighter jets recently intercepted an American U-2 spy plane over the Taiwan Strait.
Chinese jets chase U.S. surveillance jet over Taiwan Strait
July 26, 2011
Two Chinese warplanes intercepted an American spy plane over the tense Taiwan Strait last month in China's most aggressive challenge to U.S. surveillance flights since a 2001 collision that touched off an international crisis.
Pro-Russia policy stalls Afghan copters
July 25, 2011
A Pentagon program to rush 21 helicopters to Afghan military forces in time for this summer's fighting season was derailed by the Obama administration's conciliatory policy toward Russia and by Army procurement missteps amid allegations of corruption, according to current and former defense officials and military contractors.
Report: China building electromagnetic pulse weapons for use against U.S. carriers
July 22, 2011
China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public on Thursday.
Pressure builds for sale of F-16 jets to Taiwan
June 8, 2011
Congress is stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to sell more F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan as the island's air defenses deteriorate and China's air power grows.
Gates warns of 'hollowing effect'
May 25, 2011
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who cut major weapons programs during 4½ years at the Pentagon, is warning against "hollowing out" the U.S. military through unwise spending cuts planned by the Obama administration.
Chinese military visit questioned
May 19, 2011
A senior House Republican leader on Wednesday called for a review and strengthening of restrictions on Chinese military visits amid heightened concerns over visits by a Chinese military delegation to sensitive bases.
Chinese to view sensitive U.S. sites
May 18, 2011
China's top military leader and a group of officers are set to visit sensitive U.S. military bases this week, in exchanges that defense and congressional officials say run counter to a 2000 law designed to limit such exchanges from bolstering Beijing's arms buildup.
Bin Laden's death likely to shatter al Qaeda
May 11, 2011
U.S. security and intelligence officials say al Qaeda is severely weakened after losing Osama bin Laden, and some analysts go further, noting cautiously that the terrorist group may be in its death throes from the relentless U.S. and allied campaign to kill and capture its leaders and members.
Debate flares anew on harsh interrogation
May 4, 2011
The successful operation against Osama bin Laden has rekindled debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques during the Bush administration, as a key intelligence leader acknowledged their role in a TV interview Tuesday.
Intelligence break led to bin Laden's hide-out
May 3, 2011
The nearly flawless, 40-minute covert military raid that killed Osama bin Laden began with an intelligence breakthrough in August that helped pinpoint the compound where the terrorist leader was suspected of hiding.
China's espionage in Chile raised U.S. worry
April 19, 2011
A newly released State Department cable reveals Chinese intelligence-gathering efforts in Chile and U.S. concerns that Beijing's growing ties to the Chilean military will compromise U.S. defense secrets shared with the South American nation's armed forces.
L.A. police use intel networks against terror
April 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES | Police are using a combination of aggressive spy operations and community outreach to counter what Deputy Police Chief Michael P. Downing called the growing threat of Mumbai-style terrorist attacks — car bombings and small-arms-equipped suicide teams.
Gadhafi henchman defects to Britain
March 31, 2011
Libya's foreign minister and one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's closest henchmen, Musa Kusa, defected to Britain on Wednesday, according to the British Foreign Office and U.S. officials.
Coalition batters Libya's air defenses
March 21, 2011
U.S.-led military forces knocked out much of Libya's air defenses over the weekend with scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles and aerial bombs in the first phase of creating a U.N.-mandated no fly-zone, as differences emerged over targeting Libya's leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Report alters Iran nukes outlook
March 8, 2011
An annual intelligence report to Congress has dropped language stating that Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions are a future option.
Financial terrorism suspected in 2008 economic crash
March 2, 2011
Evidence outlined in a Pentagon contractor report suggests that financial subversion carried out by unknown parties, such as terrorists or hostile nations, contributed to the 2008 economic crash by covertly using vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system.
Iran militia claims credit for VOA cyberstrike
February 23, 2011
An Iranian government official on Tuesday claimed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was behind a recent computer attack that disrupted Voice of America Internet programming.
Iranians hack into VOA website
February 22, 2011
Iranian computer hackers on Monday hijacked the website of the Voice of America, replacing its Internet home page with a banner bearing an Iranian flag and an image of an AK-47 assault rifle.
Military to bolster its forces in Pacific
February 18, 2011
The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said Thursday that the Pentagon is developing new battle plans for Asia that include adding Marines to better-coordinated naval and air forces in the region where China is expanding its military might.
VOA radio broadcasts to China signing off, while Beijing boosts propaganda
February 16, 2011
The Obama administration will cancel shortwave radio broadcasts by Voice of America into China this year, as Beijing is expanding its propaganda operations in the United States and around the world.
Mongolian president uses Reagan playbook
February 4, 2011
ULANBATOR, Mongolia | Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj was a Soviet Red Army draftee studying in Ukraine in the early 1980s when he first heard reports that America's president, Ronald Reagan, had given a speech calling the Soviet Union an "evil empire."
Show of strength urged for cyberwar
January 27, 2011
Military cyberwarriors are building up efforts to pinpoint the sources of foreign computer break-ins on U.S. networks and will need to demonstrate a major computer attack capability in the future to deter increasingly sophisticated threats, according to the outgoing commander of the U.S. Strategic Command.
Chinese firm tied to steel used in Iran nukes
January 24, 2011
The State Department in 2009 sought the Chinese government's help in blocking a sale to Iran of 25 tons of specialty steel for Tehran's defense industry to be used in building nuclear-related centrifuges, according to a classified department cable.
China spurns strategic security talks with U.S.
January 11, 2011
China's defense minister on Monday rebuffed an offer from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to hold strategic nuclear talks, saying military dialogue will be limited to counterpiracy, counterterrorism and peacekeeping cooperation.
China's stealth jet coming on, Gates confirms
January 10, 2011
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed Sunday that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated China's progress in developing a new stealth jet fighter.
Netanyahu seeks pardon for imprisoned spy Pollard
Jan. 5, 2011
The White House is reviewing a new pardon request from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the case of former Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel.
China has carrier-killer missile, U.S. admiral says
December 28, 2010
China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies.
Report: Gitmo transfers return to terrorism
December 8, 2010
Nearly one in four terrorists released from the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, resumed terrorist activities against the United States and the number is expected to rise, according to a report to Congress by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Secret talks with Russia focused on missile defense
December 1, 2010
The Obama administration, despite public denials, held secret talks with Russia aimed at reaching a ballistic missile defense agreement that Moscow ultimately rejected in May, according to an internal State Department report.
Obama calls on China to restrain North Korea
November 25, 2010
The Obama administration called on China Wednesday to rein in North Korea after its artillery attack on a South Korean island, as the Pentagon ordered the USS George Washington aircraft carrier strike group to the Yellow Sea for naval exercises with South Korean forces.
Kyl drops bomb on arms treaty prospects
November 17, 2010
President Obama's bid to win ratification of a new strategic arms pact with Russia suffered a major blow on Tuesday when a key Republican senator came out against holding a vote before the Senate adjourns at the end of the year.
Chinese missiles can ravage U.S. bases
November 15, 2010
China's military can destroy five out of six U.S. bases in Asia with waves of missile strikes as the result of its large-scale military buildup that threatens U.S. access and freedom of navigation in East Asia, according to a forthcoming congressional report.
N. Korea linked to covert missile, nuke trade
November 11, 2010
A report by the U.N. Security Council made public Wednesday states that North Korea is linked to covert shipments of banned nuclear technology and missiles to Iran, Syria and Burma.
Report: Army failed to identify Fort Hood threat
November 10, 2010
The Army failed to properly identify the insider threat posed by the Fort Hood shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan, and did not receive threat information from the FBI, according to an internal Army report on the shooting made public on Tuesday.
Military probes plume off coast of California
November 10, 2010
A mysterious smoke plume that looked like a missile firing off the California coast on Monday may have been an aircraft, U.S. military officials said late Tuesday.
Package bombers not 'quite there yet'
November 1, 2010
U.S. intelligence agencies remain on alert but do not think additional package bombs are immediately heading for the U.S. after the third failed attack by the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula over the weekend.
Spy's arrest underscores Beijing's bid for agents
October 26, 2010
A former American student in China whom Chinese intelligence recruited as a spy was caught after he sought work in the CIA's espionage branch, highlighting Beijing's efforts to plant spies inside the agency.
Senators seek data on secret U.S.-Russia missile talks
October 21, 2010
Six Republican senators have asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to provide documents on secret talks between U.S. and Russian officials on missile defenses, amid conflicting reports that a deal with Moscow is close to completion.
CIA sues ex-agent for book's breach of 'secrecy'
October 19, 2010
The CIA has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a former deep-cover agent who published a book critical of the agency without allowing CIA censors to remove large portions of the manuscript before publication.
Obama loosens sanctions on C-130s to China
October 12, 2010
President Obama issued a waiver loosening Tiananmen arms sanctions for C-130 military transports for China a day after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to an imprisoned Chinese dissident who dedicated the prize this past weekend to the victims of the 1989 crackdown.
Taiwan shops for newer air defenses
October 7, 2010
Taiwan urgently needs newer model F-16 jet fighters to bolster its air defenses and overall security because of growing missile and aircraft threats from China, Taiwan's deputy defense minister said Wednesday.
FBI chief cites probes of extremists
October 7, 2010
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday said the bureau is continuing investigations into religious extremists who may be involved in terrorism aside from the nationwide community outreach programs to ethnic and religious groups.
Hamas-linked cleric took part in FBI outreach effort
October 1, 2010
The FBI on Thursday defended its inclusion of a Chicago Muslim cleric tied in the past to the terrorist groups Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood in a group that recently visited the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and FBI headquarters.
Yemeni cleric part of terror plots
September 28, 2010
The radical Islamic cleric who is the target of an Obama administration kill-or-capture order played a major role in directing the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day and in other terror plots, a senior U.S. intelligence official has revealed.
U.S. 'watching' rising China-Japan tensions
September 24, 2010
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday said that the United States is closely monitoring growing tensions between China and Japan while voicing strong U.S. support for Japan.
Shariah a danger to U.S., security pros say
September 15, 2010
A panel of national security experts who worked under Republican and Democratic presidents is urging the Obama administration to abandon its stance that Islam is not linked to terrorism, arguing that radical Muslims are using Islamic law to subvert the United States.
China targets U.S. troops with arms buildup
August 17, 2010
China is aggressively building up military forces capable of striking U.S. forces in the western Pacific and elsewhere as part of what the Pentagon calls an array of high-tech "anti-access" missiles, submarines and warplanes in its latest annual report.
China report to be released by Pentagon
August 16, 2010
The Pentagon this week will release its long-delayed annual report to Congress on China's military with a new title that officials say reflects the Obama administration's conciliatory, "soft power" approach to world affairs.
New details point to sinking by N. Korean torpedo
July 30, 2010
An international investigative team released new details this week to bolster earlier conclusions that the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk by a high-tech North Korean torpedo that exploded beneath the ship.
Russia violated '91 START till end, U.S. report finds
July 28, 2010
Russia continued to violate provisions of the 1991 START nuclear-arms treaty up until the agreement expired in December, raising new concerns that Moscow will violate the pending "New START" treaty now being debated for ratification in the Senate.
Senators rap Pentagon's delay on China report
July 26, 2010
Republican and Democratic senators alike are calling on the Pentagon to explain why it has failed to provide Congress with an annual report on China's military power that was needed for debate on the defense bills.
U.S.: Russian cheating on START is insignificant
July 21, 2010
A classified State Department report to Congress says that potential Russian cheating on the new START nuclear-arms pact would not be significant because of the size of U.S. nuclear forces.
Spy swap puts halt to fact finding
July 14, 2010
The Obama administration's rapid release of 10 Russian intelligence officers removed the prospect of a public trial revealing embarrassing facts about Russian influence operations, like the targeting of a key Democratic Party financier close to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Northcom's new leader boosts focus on Mexico
July 6, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS | The new commander of the U.S. military's homeland security forces is stepping up cooperation with Mexico in an effort to stem drug trafficking and related violence.
Military in Iran seen as taking control
June 21, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that Iran's government is becoming a military dictatorship, with religious leaders being sidelined and, as a result, new sanctions could pressure Tehran into curbing its illegal nuclear program.
Russians pressing Kyrgyzstan to oust U.S. base
June 13, 2010
The strategic U.S. air base at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, is once again facing closure as Russia works behind the scenes to influence Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which faced new violence in ethnic clashes over the weekend.
Mullen irked by China's response to North Korea
June 10, 2010
President Obama's most senior military adviser said Wednesday that he was dismayed by China's failure to support U.S. and allied calls for punishing North Korea over its sinking of a South Korean warship.
2008 intrusion of networks spurred combined units
June 4, 2010
A foreign computer intrusion two years ago reached classified Pentagon computer networks, prompting a reorganization of offensive and defensive cyberwarfare efforts, the commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday.
Report: Iran mum, but making nuke material
May 31, 2010
Iran is continuing to hide details about its current and past nuclear-weapons activities, including efforts to develop a nuclear missile warhead, according to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
North Korea elite linked to crime
May 25, 2010
A group of offspring of senior North Korean communist and military leaders, including Kim Jong-il's sons, have been linked by Western intelligence authorities to Pyongyang's illicit activities around the world, including distribution of counterfeit $100 bills and drug trafficking.
Taiwan issue spurs China to build up missile forces
May 25, 2010
China's rapid development of ballistic and cruise missile forces is altering the balance of power in Asia and threatens U.S. forces in a conflict over Taiwan and beyond, according to a forthcoming report.
U.N. sanctions loophole: Russia can send missiles to Iran
May 21, 2010
A draft U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran, including limits on global arms transfers, will not block the controversial transfer of Russian S-300 missiles to the Iranian military, according to U.S. and Russian officials.
House panel OKs probe of Gitmo lawyers
May 21, 2010
The House Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would require the Pentagon's inspector general to conduct an investigation into whether defense attorneys for detainees at the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay,
Troops likely to see spike in fighting
May 14, 2010
U.S. and allied forces will see increased fighting in Afghanistan as their offensive in the southern part of the country unfolds in coming weeks, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said Thursday.
Iran's meddling in Afghanistan 'not significant'
May 11, 2010
The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Monday that Iran is continuing to back Taliban forces, but its supply of training and weapons is insignificant.
Security coalition set to oppose cuts
May 11, 2010
A coalition of conservative national security groups is launching an initiative that calls for strengthening U.S. defenses and opposing what they say is an effort by the Obama administration to weaken security.
Ex-CIA lawyer: Gitmo IDs graver than Plame leak
May 6, 2010
Covertly taken photos of CIA interrogators that were shown by defense attorneys to al Qaeda inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison represent a more serious security breach than the 2003 outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame, the agency's former general counsel said Wednesday.
Organized-crime triads targeted
April 30, 2010
HONG KONG -- China's notorious organized crime groups known as triads, which once thrived in collaboration with communist clandestine services, still operate large-scale criminal enterprises but are facing pressure from local authorities.
Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela
April 21, 2010
Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Pentagon's first report to Congress on Tehran's military.
Critics: Obama admin hyping terrorist nuclear risk
April 14, 2010
The Obama administration is warning that the danger of a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons is increasing, but U.S. officials say the claim is not based on new intelligence and questioned whether the threat is being overstated.
Pentagon to brief 2 lawmakers on CIA risk
April 12, 2010
The Pentagon will conduct a briefing this week for two senior House Armed Services Committee members on the investigation into whether defense attorneys for al Qaeda members endangered the lives of CIA interrogators.
Obama strategy frustrates nuke foes
April 7, 2010
The Obama administration's nuclear strategy review made public on Tuesday keeps in place all strategic weapons needed to fight a nuclear war and presents only minor policy changes, a move that upset arms-control advocates who had sought major cuts in U.S. forces.
CIA says ACLU-backed plan endangered Gitmo officers
March 31, 2010
A team of CIA counterintelligence officials recently visited the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and concluded that CIA interrogators face the risk of exposure to al Qaeda through inmates' contacts with defense attorneys, according to U.S. officials.
CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes
March 30, 2010
Iran is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report.
Admiral: China's buildup aimed at power past Asia
March 26, 2010
The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said Thursday that the buildup of Chinese armed forces is continuing "unabated" and Beijing's goal appears to be power projection beyond Asia.
Cyber-attack on U.S. firms, Google traced to Chinese
March 24, 2010
The cyber-attack on Google and other U.S. companies was part of a suspected Chinese government operation launched last year that used human intelligence techniques and high-technology to steal corporate secrets, according to U.S. government and private-sector cybersecurity specialists.
Threat in Asia is anti-ship missiles
March 23, 2010
The Obama administration's regional missile-defense strategy is designed to counter emerging threats like China's new anti-ship ballistic missile and other so-called anti-access weapons, a senior defense official said Monday.
Navy warns of al Qaeda risk near Yemen
March 22, 2010
The Navy is warning ships sailing in waters near Yemen that al Qaeda is planning seaborne attacks similar to the 2000 suicide boat bombing of the USS Cole.
Gitmo suspects allowed laptops while in custody
March 19, 2010
The Pentagon allowed five captured al Qaeda members currently held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to use laptop computers in detention, raising concerns among security officials that the terrorism suspects could pass sensitive data to terrorists in the future, according to U.S. officials.
Tehran aiding al Qaeda links, Petraeus says
March 17, 2010
Iran is assisting al Qaeda by facilitating links between senior terrorist leaders and affiliate groups, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East told Congress on Tuesday.
Justice, CIA clash over probe of interrogator IDs
March 15, 2010
The CIA and Justice Department are fighting over a secret investigation into a controversial program by legal supporters of Islamist terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay that involved photographing CIA interrogators and showing the pictures to prisoners, an effort CIA officials say threatens the officers' lives.
Violence fails to deter Iraqi voters
March 8, 2010
President Obama on Sunday praised Iraqis for successfully holding their third democratic election since U.S. forces invaded the country in 2003, as millions cast votes amid election day violence that killed at least 36 people.
China rhetoric raises threat concerns
March 5, 2010
Recent statements by Chinese military officials are raising concerns among U.S. analysts that the communist government in Beijing is shifting its oft-stated "peaceful rise" policy toward an aggressive, anti-U.S. posture.
Ex-staffer held in theft of CIA electronics
March 2, 2010
A CIA technical-support official has been arrested on charges of selling more than $60,000 worth of pilfered agency electronic gear.
Chinese spy buy caught on surveillance video
March 1, 2010
FBI surveillance video made public Sunday reveals details of a Chinese espionage operation to obtain secrets from the Pentagon through a group of Americans who spied for China.
State Department lifts ban on exports of night-vision goggles
February 24, 2010
The State Department has lifted a ban on exports of night-vision equipment that was imposed in 2007 on a U.S. company caught selling sensitive defense articles to China and other countries without a license.
Veteran Times columnist Beichman, 96, dies
February 22, 2010
Arnold Beichman, columnist for The Washington Times and well-known anti-communist scholar, died on Feb. 17. He was 96.
Biden seeks test ban and end to all U.S. nukes
February 19, 2010
The Obama administration will move ahead with Senate ratification of a treaty banning nuclear tests that was voted down by Republicans more than a decade ago, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said Thursday.
Chinese see U.S. debt as weapon in Taiwan dispute
February 10, 2010
China's military stepped up pressure on the United States on Monday by calling for a government sell-off of U.S. debt securities in retaliation for recent arms sales to Taiwan.
Army warned about jihadist threat in '08
February 9, 2010
Almost two years before the deadly Fort Hood shooting by a radicalized Muslim officer, the U.S. Army was explicitly warned that jihadism — Islamic holy war — was a serious problem and threat to personnel in the U.S., according to participants at a major Army-sponsored conference.
Nuclear missile threats to U.S. mount
February 4, 2010
North Korea is expected to deploy a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching parts of the United States in the next decade, despite two long-range missile flight-test failures, according to the Pentagon's ballistic-missile defense review.
Pentagon turns focus to fighting insurgents
February 2, 2010
The Pentagon is reorienting U.S. military forces toward battling insurgents and terrorists, and on Monday released its new four-year strategy and a $708 billion defense budget request to support it.
Arm sales to Taiwan provoke Beijing's ire
February 1, 2010
China's reaction to the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan includes the first public warning that Beijing will impose sanctions on U.S. companies that sell weapons to the island.
Overhaul of export controls on table
January 27, 2010
Senior Obama administration national security and trade officials will meet Wednesday with key congressional leaders to seek support for a major overhaul of U.S. export controls, aimed at loosening the restrictions with an eye to economic gains.
Beijing accuses U.S. of cyberwarfare
January 26, 2010
China's government and state-run media stepped up criticism of the United States on Monday over the issue of computer network cyber-attacks.
White House OKs Taiwan arms package
January 26, 2010
The Obama administration has agreed to sell a new package of arms to Taiwan in a move that is expected to be met with an angry response from China, according to U.S. officials.
China removed as top priority for spies
January 20, 2010
The White House National Security Council recently directed U.S. spy agencies to lower the priority placed on intelligence collection for China, amid opposition to the policy change from senior intelligence leaders who feared it would hamper efforts to obtain secrets about Beijing's military and its cyber-attacks.
China's 'aggressive' buildup called worry
January 14, 2010
China's military buildup is worrying to both the U.S. military and American allies in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific told Congress Wednesday.
Rights, liberties down for 4th straight year
January 13, 2010
Political rights and civil liberties around the world declined for a fourth straight year last year, according to an annual survey of global freedom
Beijing reports successful 'defensive' missile test
January 12, 2010
China conducted a successful test Monday of a missile-defense interceptor, revealing for the first time its development of an anti-missile system, something Beijing has criticized the United States for doing.
Afghanistan bombing shows perils of CIA counterspying
January 7, 2010
The recent bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan revealed a sophisticated al Qaeda operation to plant a double agent inside Jordanian intelligence and highlighted the perennial problem of lax CIA counterspying, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials.
Nuclear weapons review put off
January 7, 2010
The Pentagon has notified Congress that it is delaying a required report on the future of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal because of the "complexity" of issues being addressed.
Chinese companies evade U.S. sanctions
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Chinese state-owned companies sanctioned by the U.S. government for illicit arms sales to Iran evaded those restrictions by selling goods to U.S.-based companies, according to a report by a Washington research group.
Veteran China hand Lilley dies
November 15, 2009
James R. Lilley, whose six-decade government career included serving as U.S. ambassador to China during the tumult of the 1989 Beijing democracy protests and military crackdown, died Nov. 12. He was 81.
U.S. ignored warnings before deadly Afghan attack
October 16, 2009
Three intelligence reports warned that Taliban insurgents were planning an attack just days before this month's raid on two remote military outposts in eastern Afghanistan that killed eight U.S. soldiers, but the reports were dismissed as insignificant, U.S. officials told The Washington Times.
National security adviser says Iran building medium-range missiles
September 19, 2009
White House National Security Adviser James L. Jones says President Obama's decision to abandon a long-range missile defense site in Eastern Europe was driven by U.S. intelligence concerns that Iran is further along than previously thought in developing medium-range missiles that could strike Western Europe and the Middle East with nuclear warheads.
Pro-Israel lobby probe linked to anti-Semitism
July 30, 2009
A long-running FBI espionage probe of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington appears to have been motivated in part by anti-Semitism, says a former Pentagon official who revealed this week he had cooperated for 10 weeks with federal agents conducting the probe.
Defense analyst in spy case was FBI double agent
July 29, 2009
Larry Franklin, the former Pentagon analyst convicted of revealing classified information, says he worked undercover as an FBI double agent to gather information on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States before the bureau turned on him and pressured him to plead guilty to spying for Israel.
Americans held in Iraq: FBI violated rights
July 20, 2009
For more than a month, two U.S. citizens who worked for contractors in Iraq were held in prison with no formal charges against them.
Space-defense systems secure in glass house
July 6, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS -- The transfer of strategic North American aerospace defense systems from inside the hardened complex of Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain to the basement of a glass office building has not reduced the security of the system, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command says.
U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile
July 2, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS -- U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times.
Obama's missed opportunity in Egypt
June 11, 2009
The White House views the speech in Cairo by President Obama reaching out to Muslims as part of its aggressive effort to counter the lies of Muslim extremists while promoting American values around the world. Specialists in international public diplomacy, however, said the president missed a chance to launch a much-needed program to more directly critique the roots of Muslim extremism and counter its ideology of hate with a war of ideas.
N. Korea general tied to forged $100 bills
June 02, 2009
A North Korean general who is a confidant of the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, has been identified by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies as a key figure in the covert production and distribution of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills called supernotes, according to documents and interviews with intelligence officials.
Defense staffer charged in China spy case
May 14, 2009
A civilian employee of the Defense Department was arrested Wednesday on espionage charges that he sold classified information and passed other sensitive documents to a spy for the Chinese government who has been convicted of compromising another Pentagon employee.
China blocks U.S. from cyberwarfare
May 12, 2009
China has developed more secure operating software for its tens of millions of computers and is already installing it on government and military systems, hoping to make Beijing's networks impenetrable to U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
Afghan commander's aide blames deaths on Taliban
May 12, 2009
A top aide defended Gen. David McKiernan after his dismissal as Afghanistan theater commander Monday, saying many of the civilians who died in U.S. air strikes last week had been forced into target buildings by the Taliban and required to shoot at government forces.
Obama OK'd 2 SEAL teams for pirates
April 22, 2009
President Obama dispatched two separate teams of Navy commandos to carry out last week's rescue of a merchant ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates but left the operational details and rules of engagement to military commanders, National Security Adviser James. L. Jones said Tuesday.
U.S. failed to use best radar for N. Korea missile
April 15, 2009
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied permission for the U.S. Northern Command to use the Pentagon's most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea's recent missile launch, precluding officials from collecting finely detailed launch data or testing the radar in a real-time crisis, current and former defense officials said.
Pentagon: Beijing boosts cyberwarfare
March 26, 2009
China is continuing a large-scale military buildup of high-tech forces that includes "disruptive" anti-satellite missiles, new strategic forces, and computer attack weapons, the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on the Chinese military says.
Chinese spy who defected tells all
March 19, 2009
A veteran Chinese intelligence officer who defected to the United States says that his country's civilian spy service spends most of its time trying to steal secrets overseas but also works to bolster Beijing's Communist Party rule by repressing religious and political dissent internally.
Commerce pick tied to China cash
March 18, 2009
Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke, whose job would include approving sensitive exports to China, has performed legal work for companies doing business with Beijing and was forced to refund several political donations that he received in the 1990s from key figures in a Chinese influence-buying investigation.
U.S. protests China's ship harassment
March 11, 2009
Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair told a Senate hearing Tuesday that China's military is increasing harassment of U.S. Navy survey ships, activities viewed by U.S. intelligence as the most aggressive since 2001, when a Chinese jet flew into a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane and set off an international crisis.
Spy agency focus of shakeup
February 19, 2009
Two senior U.S. counterintelligence officials have left positions inside the agency that coordinates America's efforts to root out foreign spies after an inspector general review identified management problems, government officials said.
Air Force fails new nuclear reviews
February 4, 2009
Air Force nuclear units have failed two inspections in the past three months, providing fresh evidence that the military service that jarred the world in 2007 by mistakenly transporting live nuclear weapons across the United States continues to suffer lapses in its management of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Gen. David Baker dies at 62
January 31, 2009
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David E. Baker, a combat fighter pilot and former Vietnam War prisoner of war, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 62.
Obama wants Bush war team to stay
December 23, 2008
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is asking many of the Bush administration's 250 Pentagon political appointees to remain on the job until the incoming Obama administration finds replacements -- a move designed to prevent a leadership vacuum with U.S. troops engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. to tighten export rules on 5 firms in China
December 17, 2008
The U.S. government is taking steps to suspend a program that allows five companies in China to obtain sensitive U.S. technology without an export license, according to documents and interviews.
Obama, McCain eye better use of spies
October 23, 2008
The next president will take office with plans to continue reforming the U.S. intelligence community and to put more emphasis on improving human intelligence.
Military report: Terms 'jihad,' 'Islamist' needed
October 20, 2008
A U.S. military "Red Team" charged with challenging conventional thinking says that words like "jihad" and "Islamist" are needed in discussing 21st-century terrorism and that federal agencies that avoid the words soft-pedaled the link between religious extremism and violent acts.
Full report on China's Strategic Modernization
Ex-official reports counterintelligence is weak
September 30, 2008
U.S. government efforts to counter foreign spies remains fragmented and weak, despite a series of highly damaging spy cases, said a report made public Monday by a former high-ranking counterintelligence official.
Passport printer repays $51 million
Thursday, September 24, 2008
The Government Printing Office has repaid $51 million to the State Department for overcharges from the sale of millions of blank passports, according to GPO officials and internal government documents.
Gates set to unveil 9/11 memorial
September 11, 2008
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was on his way to a business meeting in St. Louis seven years ago when his life was suddenly disrupted. Like thousands of other air travelers, he was diverted, and he spent three days waiting in Kansas City, Mo.
Russians pilfer U.S. equipment
September 9, 2008
Russian forces seized U.S. military equipment during the recent fighting in Georgia in addition to five vehicles whose capture was reported earlier, the Pentagon said Monday.
WH careful on cutting ties with Moscow
September 3, 2008
The Bush administration has ordered a review of U.S. defense cooperation programs with Russia but is not about to draw up "mindless lists" of penalties that could alienate the Russian people while leaving Moscow's troops in Georgia, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
U.S. nuke spotters sent to China before games
June 20, 2008
The Bush administration has dispatched a secret team of nuclear specialists to China in response to Chinese concerns that terrorists may attempt to set off a radiological bomb during the Beijing Summer Olympics, The Washington Times has learned.
Covert board called crucial to presidents
Monday, June 16, 2008
Presidents need to rely on a little-known group of intelligence advisers that since the 1950s has helped guide policies and oversee the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, according to a report by former intelligence officials.
Covert board called crucial to presidents
June 16, 2008
Presidents need to rely on a little-known group of intelligence advisers that since the 1950s has helped guide policies and oversee the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, according to a report by former intelligence officials.
China gets U.S. Olympic help
June 5, 2008
The Bush administration has approved the export of sensitive equipment and expertise to China's military and police forces to bolster security at the Beijing Olympics, according to a number of private and public interviews and documents.
Passport cards called security vulnerability
May 16, 2008
The State Department will soon begin production of an electronic passport card that security specialists and members of Congress fear will be vulnerable to alteration or counterfeiting.
Bomber in Iraq tied to Gitmo
May 8, 2008
A detainee released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay three years ago is blamed for a deadly suicide bombing in Iraq, highlighting the danger of releasing hard-bitten terrorists from the U.S. facility in Cuba.
Hayden warns of Russian unrest
May 1, 2008
Russia's declining population will require Moscow to import foreign workers, increasing racial and religious tensions in the former superpower that still has thousands of nuclear weapons, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said.
U.S. eyes passport ring in Thailand
April 29, 2008
U.S. government security agencies are investigating a criminal ring in Thailand that produced counterfeit passports and other travel documents, including hundreds of fake U.S. passports sold on the black market, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said yesterday.
Intelligence on Syria delayed
to avoid fight
April 25, 2008
The U.S. delayed disclosing its intelligence on Syria's nuclear program for months after an Israeli raid in order to give Damascus breathing room and avoid goading it into military retaliation, senior U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.
Taiwan Strait tension cools off
April 17, 2008
The United States sent three aircraft carrier strike groups to waters around Taiwan after China told U.S. officials last year there was high risk of a military incident after Taiwan's March 22 presidential election, according to Pentagon and military officials.
Passport official quits amid probes
April 5, 2008
The State Department official in charge of U.S. passport services stepped down yesterday amid investigations into security breaches in the document records and overcharges for blank passports.
China order targets dissent
April 4, 2008
China's ruling Communist Party has ordered regional party leaders to use military and intelligence units to crack down "harshly" on dissent and step up spying throughout the country as part of security measures before the upcoming Olympic Games, according to a purported internal party document.
GPO's backup plant on Gulf
March 28, 2008
When the government finally built a backup passport center to be used in case Washington became debilitated, it picked a location directly in the path of potential future disaster, the hurricane-prone Mississippi Gulf Coast, which was ravaged by Katrina just a few years ago.
State Department to probe electronic passport charges
March 28, 2008
The State Department is investigating whether it is being overcharged for blank electronic passports by the Government Printing Office, the sole maker of the new travel document, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.
GPO profits go to bonuses and trips
March 27, 2008
When the government's main printing agency booked $100 million in unexpected profit it went on a spending spree: large bonuses to top managers, trips to Paris and Las Vegas, and an official photo of the boss that cost $10,000.
Congress, watchdog probe passport security
March 27, 2008
Three House leaders and the Government Printing Office's watchdog said yesterday that they are investigating security concerns about the production of electronic passports highlighted during an investigation by The Washington Times.
Outsourced passport work risky
March 26, 2008
The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies — including one in Thailand that was victimized by Chinese espionage — raising concerns that cost savings are being put ahead of national security, an investigation by The Washington Times has found.
Spy for China gets 24 years
March 25, 2008
A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Chinese-born U.S. engineer to 24 years in prison for his role in supplying sensitive military technology to China, saying he was sending a message to China's intelligence services.
Obama passport files violated
March 21, 2008
Two State Department employees were fired recently and a third disciplined for improperly accessing electronic personal data on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
3Com won't merge with Chinese firm
March 21, 2008
An investment firm ended the last possibility of a proposed merger between the telecommunications company 3Com and a Chinese firm by saying yesterday the deal would not be restructured and offered again for U.S. government review.
Hayden takes China to task
March 13, 2008
China is "strangling" emerging island democracies in the Pacific in pursuit of narrow goals such as friendly votes at the United Nations, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said in an interview in which he criticized Beijing's failure to act as a responsible global power.
Ethnic dispute tears al Qaeda, Hayden says
March 12, 2008
Internal divisions between Saudi and Egyptian leaders of al Qaeda are producing "fissures" within the terrorist group and a possible battle over who will succeed Osama bin Laden, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said yesterday.
Hayden: Don't ban tough methods
March 11, 2008
CIA Director Michael Hayden argued today in favor of permitting his agency to retain harsh interrogation techniques that are not spelled out in the latest Army field manual, which was revised in the fall of 2006 amid controversy over the handling of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. to broach nuke concerns with China
March 4, 2008
The Pentagon is set to begin strategic arms talks with China amid concerns outlined in an annual report questioning Beijing's control over the military's growing nuclear arsenal.
China speeds pace of military buildup
March 3, 2008
China is speeding up its military buildup and developing high-technology forces for waging wars beyond Taiwan, according to the Pentagon's annual report on Chinese military power.
U.S. will down failed satellite
February 15,, 2008
The Pentagon's plan to shoot down a failed satellite with a missile defense interceptor in the coming days is aimed at preventing toxic fuel from reaching earth. But U.S. officials and experts said yesterday it would also signal that U.S. missile defenses can be used to counter China's strategic anti-satellite weapons.
Firms in proposed 3Com deal offer risk relief
February 13, 2008
Companies involved in the proposed merger of 3Com and a Chinese telecommunications company have offered to take steps to reduce the national security risks from the deal in seeking to win the Bush administration's approval.
4 arrests in China spy cases
February 12, 2008
Federal agents arrested a Pentagon official and three other persons yesterday in a nationwide sweep of Chinese espionage agents.
N. Korea would sell nukes to terrorists
February 5, 2008
North Korea threatened to export nuclear weapons to international terrorists in 2005, according to a U.S. intelligence report made public yesterday.
Congress to probe 3Com-Huawei deal
February 2, 2008
A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced yesterday that Congress is investigating the proposed merger of 3Com Corp. and a Chinese company over concerns about China's computer-hacking activities.
Poland agrees to house U.S. missile inceptors
February 2, 2008
Poland's government has agreed in principle to allow the Pentagon to set up a U.S. missile interceptor site on Polish territory to counter Iranian missiles, Warsaw's foreign minister said yesterday.
Beijing espionage poses 'No. 1' threat
January 30, 2008
China's aggressive spying, technology theft and computer attacks pose the most significant threats to U.S. national security, officials and analysts told a congressional hearing yesterday.
Al Qaeda makes strides in Pakistan
January 24, 2008
Al Qaeda forces are gaining strength in remote areas of Pakistan and stepping up activities in that country, the region and farther abroad, according to recent U.S. intelligence assessments.
Treasury gets new CFIUS authority
January 24, 2008
President Bush yesterday signed a new executive order on foreign investment that gives the Treasury secretary, instead of the president, key power to authorize or reject purchases of U.S. companies by foreign buyers.
N. Korea talks left out details
January 23, 2008
North Korea's recent discussions with the United States about a required declaration under the six-nation nuclear talks omitted key data on Pyongyang's current nuclear arsenal and its covert uranium enrichment program, U.S. officials say.
Republicans: FISA authority in Constitution
January 21, 2008
Authority to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance comes from the Constitution and is vital to stopping foreign terrorist attacks and spies, says a Republican staff assessment of the revised Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Admiral pursues Chinese answers, ties
January 16, 2008
The commander of U.S. Pacific forces said in Beijing yesterday that he is troubled by China's missile buildup and anti-satellite weapons, but hopes military ties to its Communist Party-led forces will improve.
Sub technology revealed in court during spy appeal
January 15, 2008
Details of U.S. Navy advanced engine-silencing technology for submarines were disclosed in court documents last week during an appeal hearing for convicted Chinese spy Chi Mak.
U.S. satellites dodge Chinese missile debris
January 11, 2008
Two orbiting U.S. spacecraft were forced to change course to avoid being damaged by the thousands of pieces of space debris produced after China carried out an anti-satellite weapon test one year ago today.
Gates sees division in Chinese actions
December 22, 2007
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that recent military incidents involving the U.S. and China indicate troubling signs of division between Beijing's military and the nation's communist political leaders.
China taps into U.S. spy operations
December 21, 2007
China's intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Engineer indicted on spying
December 12, 2007
A former U.S. defense contractor spent more than two years working with China's military to design and test a radar-evading component for a new Chinese cruise missile as part of an espionage conspiracy, according to a federal indictment.
Justice, DHS 'still object' to CFIUS order
December 6, 2007
National security and trade officials are deadlocked over provisions of a draft White House order aimed at bolstering the security aspects of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, The Washington Times has learned.
Pentagon eyes China nuke talks
December 6, 2007
The Pentagon this week proposed holding a strategic nuclear "dialogue" with China, as Chinese military officials asked that Congress lift its guidelines banning military exchanges with Beijing on nuclear operations.
Estimate of Iran's nukes reversed
December 4, 2007
Iran halted a secret nuclear-weapons program in 2003 under international pressure but still can produce a nuclear bomb by 2010 to 2015, according to a new U.S. intelligence estimate released yesterday.
Port incident strains U.S.-China talks
December 4, 2007
Senior U.S. and Chinese military and defense officials met yesterday at the Pentagon for annual talks amid a dispute over China's refusal to allow U.S. warships to make port calls in Hong Kong.
Intelligence report hits China deal
November 30, 2007
U.S. intelligence agencies informed a Treasury Department-led review committee recently that a merger between 3Com and a Chinese company would threaten U.S. national security, The Washington Times has learned.
Beijing denies calling action a mistake
November 30, 2007
A U.S.-China dispute over the blocked port visit of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to Hong Kong escalated yesterday after China's government denied that China's foreign minister told the president the incident was a mistake.
Pentagon protests China's Navy block
November 29,, 2007
The Pentagon issued a formal protest to China's military yesterday over its refusal to allow a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group to dock in Hong Kong over the Thanksgiving holiday.
China's action troubles admiral
November 28, 2007
China's refusal to allow U.S. warships to visit Hong Kong recently was carried out to protest U.S. sales of Patriot missile equipment to Taiwan, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
U.S., Russia discuss missile defense
November 27, 2007
U.S. and Russian negotiators met yesterday to discuss a U.S. plan for joint missile defenses in Europe that would include delayed activation of missile interceptors, Bush administration officials said.
Officials decry port denial
November 24, 2007
The Pentagon criticized China yesterday for denying a Thanksgiving Day port visit to Hong Kong by the USS Kitty Hawk, but would not say whether the snub will lead to limits on military exchanges with Beijing.
China's 'arsenal' spurs warnings
November 22, 2007
The U.S. military is vulnerable to China's advanced war-fighting systems, including space weapons and computer attacks that would be used in a future conflict over Taiwan, according to a congressional commission"s report released yesterday.
CAIR seeks removal of label in terrorism case
November 21, 2007
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is seeking help from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. to pressure the Justice Department to change the group's status as a co-conspirator in a terrorism case.
Security review changes panned
November 7, 2007
Lawmakers from both parties yesterday challenged the Bush administration over a draft presidential order that they say will undermine a law designed to improve security reviews of foreign companies seeking to buy U.S. firms.
Foreign business gets a Bush assist
November 6, 2007
A draft presidential order on foreign investment in U.S. companies would limit government security reviews and give more power to such pro-business agencies as the Treasury Department, The Washington Times has learned.
Chinese still silent on space weapons
November 6, 2007
China's defense minister refused to discuss the recent test of a new anti-satellite weapon, highlighting U.S. concerns about excessive military secrecy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.
Chinese military boosts hacking
November 2, 2007
HONOLULU -- Senior military commanders at the U.S. Pacific Command here said China's recent test of an anti-satellite weapon and increased computer-hacking activities prompted increased defenses for U.S. forces in the region and in space.
Mullen: U.S. can strike Iran
October 19, 2007
U.S. military forces are capable of conducting operations against Iran if called on to bomb nuclear facilities or other targets, the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
Patience sought on China deal
October 17, 2007
The White House yesterday said critics of a proposed merger between a U.S. maker of computer-security equipment and a Chinese company should give an interagency national-security review a chance to do its job.
Bush urged to block merger
October 16, 2007
House Republicans have introduced legislation calling for the Bush administration to block the merger of a U.S. computer-security equipment company and a Chinese firm with close ties to Beijing's military and a history of illicit exports and industrial espionage.
Paulson hands off merger review
October 5,, 2007
Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson will recuse himself from a government review of the merger between 3Com and a Chinese company because of his past relationship with an investment firm involved in the deal.
GOP urges probe in China firm deal
October 4, 2007
Several Republican members of Congress yesterday called for a Treasury Department probe into whether Pentagon computer networks will be compromised by the merger of a U.S. network-equipment maker and a Chinese firm with links to Beijing's military.
Merger opens U.S. defense to China
October 3, 2007
A Chinese company with ties to Beijing's military and past links to Saddam Hussein's army in Iraq and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger, Pentagon officials say.
FBI reaching out to jihadist-linked group
September 28, 2007
The FBI is cooperating with a U.S. Muslim group recently linked to global extremists and is asking the group to provide "cultural training" for its special agents, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee report.
FBI chief orders internal probe
September 27, 2007
Former Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, is said to suspect careerists and Democratic sympathizers in the Justice Department worked covertly with former Clinton administration officials to defeat him in the 2006 election.
Chinese dissident urges boycott of Olympics
September 21, 2007
A leading Chinese dissident called on Congress yesterday to lead an international boycott of the upcoming Beijing Olympics because of China's human rights abuses and support for rogue regimes.
U.S. watches Syria, Israel after air strike
September 18, 2007
U.S. intelligence agencies have stepped up monitoring of Syria and Israel for signs of a new military confrontation after a recent Israeli air strike inside Syria, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Algeria, China teamed on nuke
September 17, 2007
Newly declassified U.S. government documents confirm the U.S. government suspected China was helping Algeria build a secret facility in 1991 for developing nuclear weapons.
Al Qaeda still plots another U.S. attack
September 11, 2007
Al Qaeda terrorists continue to plan and train for a major attack against the United States, but so far, there are no signs that the group's extremists have infiltrated into the country, senior U.S. security and intelligence officials told Congress yesterday.
Chinese donor sounds like '96
September 4, 2007
Questionable donations to Democratic officials and presidential candidates from a Chinese-American businessman highlight past concerns over Chinese political influence-buying operations.
Report: Iraqi stability growing
August 24, 2007
Growing Sunni opposition to al Qaeda and in some cases the perception that U.S. troops will leave the country are key factors behind recent and growing stability in Iraq, according to a major U.S. intelligence report based on findings from 16 agencies.
CIA failed to plot against al Qaeda
August 22, 2007
The CIA lacked a strategy to counter al Qaeda in the months leading up to the September 11 attacks and committed multiple analytical and operational failures that prevented the agency from stopping Osama bin Laden's terror group, according to a once-secret CIA inspector general report released yesterday.
China won't allow U.S. to check out fighter jet
August 14, 2007
China"s military recently turned down a request by the United States to see the new Chinese J-10 fighter but allowed visits to two operational fighter bases, the commander of Pacific Air Forces said yesterday.
FBI calls Chinese espionage 'substantial'
July 27, 2007
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said yesterday that Chinese intelligence operations against the United States are a major problem and that the FBI is stepping up counterespionage efforts against them.
Al Qaeda seen in search of nukes
July 26, 2007
Al Qaeda terrorists are continuing to plan attacks against the United States and are seeking nuclear and other unconventional arms for the strikes, a senior Pentagon official told Congress yesterday.
Al Qaeda 'evolving' against U.S.
July 18, 2007
Al Qaeda terrorists are rebuilding their capabilities and continuing to plan mass-casualty attacks inside the United States, according to an intelligence assessment made public yesterday.
Bin Laden search frustrates officials
July 12, 2007
Senior U.S. intelligence officials yesterday defended unsuccessful efforts to capture al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who they say has eluded a global manhunt for years by hiding in tribal areas of Pakistan under the protection of local leaders.
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China arms talks, reciprocity stalled
June 14, 2007
China continues to put off nuclear weapons talks with the United States that were promised by Beijing's leader and has not matched U.S. openness in recent military exchanges, a senior Pentagon official told Congress yesterday.
Pace casualty of party politics
June 13, 2007
The Bush administration sought to avert a political fight with such Senate Democrats as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carl Levin over Iraq and homosexuals in the military by not renominating Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace to a second term as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.
Data on N. Korea centrifuges sought
June 12, 2007
North Korea purchased some two dozen centrifuges from the Pakistani nuclear supplier network headed by A.Q. Khan and must account for the equipment as part of the stalled nuclear agreement, said a senior Bush administration official.
Gates vows not to forget Asian security interests
June 2, 2007
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that the United States will remain actively engaged in Asia despite its commitments to fighting the war on terrorism and the conflict in Iraq.
Pentagon tracks global buildup in China's military
May 26, 2007
China's military buildup is moving beyond countering Taiwan to global operations from the Middle East through Southeast Asia, according to the Pentagon's annual assessment of Chinese military power.
Pentagon details China's new military strategies
May 25, 2007
The Pentagon's forthcoming annual report on Chinese military power will reveal a growing threat from Beijing's new forms of power projection, including anti-satellite weapons and computer network attack forces.
Navy engages in maneuvers off Iran's Gulf coast
May 24, 2007
The Navy began a major exercise near Iran's Persian Gulf coast yesterday amid tensions with Tehran over stepped-up nuclear activities and ongoing support for insurgents in Iraq.
Engineer guilty in plot to give data to China
May 11, 2007
A Chinese-born engineer was convicted in federal court in California yesterday of being an unregistered Chinese agent who conspired to supply defense technology to Beijing.
War debate cited as aiding al Qaeda
May 10, 2007
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday told Congress that al Qaeda will establish a stronghold in Iraq's Anbar province if U.S. troops pull out prematurely and that the group is reacting to the war debate in Washington by stepping up attacks.
Plot illustrates Balkans' role as Islamist foothold
May 9, 2007
The six foreign-born Muslims accused of planning a shooting attack at the U.S. military base included four ethnic Albanians, and U.S. officials say their arrests highlight how Islamist groups are using the Balkans region to help in recruiting and financing terrorism.
Top officer says U.S. forces stopping al Qaeda flow in Iraq
May 4, 2007
U.S. forces in Iraq are stemming the flow of foreign al Qaeda terrorists into the country, the commander of the U.S. Central Command told a Senate panel yesterday.
Putin not able to track all nukes
May 2, 2007
Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Bush he could not account for all of Moscow's nuclear weapons at the same time al Qaeda was seeking to purchase three Russian nuclear devices on the black market, former CIA Director George J. Tenet said.
China blamed for rejection of WHO support
May 1, 2007
China is behind efforts within the World Health Organization (WHO) to exclude Taiwan, despite the growing threat of Asian viral epidemics on the island, Taiwan's unofficial ambassador to the U.S. said yesterday.
U.S. general calls al Qaeda 'public enemy No. 1' in Iraq
April 27, 2007
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday that al Qaeda terrorists are behind the recent spate of deadly car bombings and are now "public enemy No. 1" in the country.
Iraq war briefing fails to end split
April 26, 2007
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq briefed members of Congress yesterday on the war in a session that both Democrats and Republicans say reinforced their views.
N. Korea making nukes, will test again, general says
April 25, 2007
North Korea is continuing to develop nuclear weapons and will conduct additional underground blasts aimed at regional "intimidation," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said yesterday.
Iran sending arms to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pace says
April 18,, 2007
Iran is shipping arms and explosives to Afghanistan, in addition to providing deadly armor-piercing bombs covertly to Iraqi insurgents, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
Chinese defector describes agents' reach in Canada
April 17, 2007
China's embassy in Canada is engaged in an aggressive effort to harass dissidents, including attempts to influence government agencies to limit anti-communist broadcasters, a Chinese defector and religious dissident said.
Iraq, Afghan tours grow to 15 months for soldiers
April 12, 2007
Troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan will be extended from 12 to 15 months for active-duty soldiers, the Pentagon announced yesterday.
U.S. military buildup urged to counter China
April 11, 2007
The United States should build up military forces in Asia to counter China's military expansion, according to a report on U.S.-China relations by a blue-ribbon panel.
Beijing space test scattered debris
April 10, 2007
China's test of an anti-satellite weapon increased the number of space-debris pieces threatening U.S. and other nations' satellites by more than 9 percent, a senior Air Force Space Command official said.
China mum on Pace query on anti-satellite system
April 6, 2007
China's senior military leaders refused to disclose any details about a recent test of a new anti-satellite weapon system or other aspects of a secret space-arms program, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters yesterday.
British hostages untrained in rules of incarceration
April 4, 2007
The 15 British sailors and marines captured by Iran were not trained to withstand captivity in hostile hands, British defense officials said yesterday.
2 Indians charged in missile-technology export
April 3, 2007
Two Indian nationals have been arrested on charges of illegally exporting U.S. missile technology to India in a case that U.S. officials say could affect a pending deal on nuclear and space cooperation between the two nations.
China has gained and tested array of space weapons
March 30, 2007
China is developing an "impressive" array of space weapons, including missiles and jammers, and is moving toward placing nuclear weapons in space to attack U.S. satellites, the commander of U.S. strategic forces told the Senate yesterday.
Chinese military shakes region
March 29, 2007
China is continuing an aggressive military buildup in secret and deploying missiles near Taiwan that are increasing instability in the region, a State Department official told Congress yesterday.
Stepped-up counterintelligence OK'd
March 28, 2007
President Bush has approved a new counterintelligence strategy that calls for expanding operations against foreign spies and terrorists worldwide and stepping up coordination among U.S. agencies.
Engineer goes to trial in China military spy case
March 27, 2007
China's efforts to use spying to gain U.S. military technology will get a close look during the trial of a Chinese-born defense contractor set to begin today near Los Angeles.
Iraqi colonel flees military training in Alabama
March 22, 2007
An Iraqi air force colonel disappeared recently from an Alabama Air Force base and is being sought in a regional manhunt by federal and military agents, defense officials say.
DIA official warns about Cuban spies
March 15, 2007
Cuban intelligence agents are working inside the U.S. government and one mole uncovered in the Defense Intelligence Agency caused the death of a U.S. special operations soldier in Central America, a senior DIA counterintelligence official says in a new book.
Beijing shields goals of military modernization
March 8, 2007
China's large-scale military buildup is being monitored closely and Beijing has not explained the goal of the modernization, senior defense and military leaders said yesterday.
China's spies 'very aggressive' threat to U.S.
March 6, 2007
China's intelligence services are among the most aggressive at spying on the United States, followed by Cuban, Russian and Iranian spy agencies, according to the U.S. government's top counterintelligence coordinator.
China expands sub fleet
March 2, 2007
China's military is engaged in a major buildup of submarines that includes five new strategic nuclear-missile boats and several advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence.
McConnell fears Iran nukes by 2015
February 28, 2007
Iran's development of nuclear arms is "very dangerous," and Tehran could deploy the weapons within the next several years, the nation's most senior intelligence official told the Senate yesterday.
Ex-CIA official urges silence after spy 'sting'
February 27, 2007
A former high-ranking CIA official refused FBI appeals for help in tracking Chinese spies and urged others via e-mail not to cooperate because of the recent prosecution of former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ron Montaperto.
Al Qaeda believed behind copter crashes
February 23, 2007
Two or three al Qaeda terrorist cells in Iraq are behind the recent series of helicopter shootdowns, a senior U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday.
Iran provided bombs, Pentagon says
February 16, 2007
Senior defense and military leaders said yesterday that Iran's government is behind the providing of deadly bombs to Iraqi insurgents, although it is difficult to say whether senior Iranian leaders approved the shipments.
Bolton hits agreement as 'bad signal' to Iran
February 14, 2007
The deal reached in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear program is being criticized for making too many concessions to the hard-line government that violated a past accord, and gives up key U.S. leverage that blocked illicit financial activities by Pyongyang in the past.
Intelligence estimate warns on quick Iraq pullout
February 3, 2007
A new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq warns that pulling U.S. troops out of the country too soon would lead to a collapse of the Iraqi military, outside intervention and the creation of safe havens for al Qaeda terrorists.
U.S. halts China space ventures
February 2, 2007
The Bush administration has suspended plans to develop space ventures with China, including joint exploration of the moon, in reaction to Beijing's Jan. 11 test of an anti-satellite weapon that left orbiting debris threatening U.S. and foreign satellites.
How the 'axis' seeks the killer missile
January 30, 2007
North Korea and Iran are cooperating in developing long-range missiles, the deputy director of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency said yesterday.
General to be asked about Beijing's test
January 30, 2007
China's most senior military war planner is visiting the United States, and Pentagon officials plan to question him about Beijing's recent anti-satellite test.
Pentagon eyes missile defenses in Eastern Europe
January 26, 2007
The Pentagon is moving rapidly to build new missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic to counter the threat posed by Iranian long-range missiles, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said yesterday.
Analyst rebuked over his support of spy for China
January 25, 2007
A senior U.S. intelligence analyst has been formally criticized for "poor judgment" after writing a letter and e-mails in support of a convicted former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, U.S. intelligence officials said.
Officials fear war in space by China
January 24, 2007
China's anti-satellite-interceptor test Jan. 11 is part of a covert space-weapons program designed to cripple the U.S. military in a conflict, defense officials said yesterday as Beijing confirmed it had destroyed one of its weather satellites. China said it had not "weaponized" space.
Moscow, Beijing eye space weapons
January 17, 2007
China and Russia are developing space weapons and are among several nations working on systems to threaten U.S. satellites with lasers or missiles, says the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Pakistan will close four camps to foil Afghan terror
January 16, 2007
Pakistan's government will close four refugee camps near its border with Afghanistan to help prevent Afghan insurgents from gunrunning and seeking safe haven in the country, Islamabad's ambassador to the United States said yesterday.
Chinese general's U.S. visit for nuke talks deferred
January 15, 2007
China's military is delaying the U.S. visit of its strategic nuclear forces commander despite a promise by Chinese President Hu Jintao last year that the general would hold talks with the U.S. Strategic Command leader.
Intelligence officials see growing sectarian split in Iraq
January 12, 2007
Sectarian divisions and related violence in Iraq are growing, as al Qaeda remains the most serious national-security threat facing the United States, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress yesterday.
U.S. presses China on armed submarine encounter
January 11, 2007
The admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Fleet pressed Chinese military leaders to explain why an armed submarine challenged a U.S. aircraft carrier in the western Pacific by sailing within five miles of the warship, U.S. defense officials said.
China, Russia hit sanctions as 'wrong'
January 11, 2007
The governments of China and Russia have denounced sanctions imposed on their state-run companies by the Bush administration over missile and weapons of mass destruction sales to Iran and Syria.
Sanctions imposed on Iran, Syria arms suppliers
January 5,, 2007
The Bush administration is imposing economic sanctions on Chinese, Russian and North Korean companies for selling missiles and weapons goods to Iran and Syria, administration officials said.
Negroponte to shift to No. 2 diplomat
January 5, 2007
In a day of shake-ups for the Bush administration yesterday, President Bush lost his chief counsel and signaled he will shift the top intelligence official to become the No. 2 diplomat at the State Department, and will tap a former admiral to take his place as head of the intelligence community.
Foreign spy activity surges to fill technology gap
January 3, 2007
Foreign spies are stepping up efforts to obtain secret U.S. technology through methods ranging from sexual entrapment to Internet hacking, with China and other Asian countries leading the targeting of U.S. defense contractors.
U.S. to defend space with military force
December 14, 2006
The United States will use military force in space to protect satellites and other space systems from attack by hostile states or terrorists, the Bush administration's senior arms-control official said yesterday.
General foresees 'generational war' against terrorism
December 13, 2006
The American people need to prepare for a long-duration war against radical Muslims who are set to fight for 50 to 100 years to create an Islamist state in the region, a top Pentagon strategist in the war on terror says.
Surprise terrorist attacks remain top threat
December 12, 2006
A surprise attack on the United States by terrorists is the most worrying threat facing the country, while a nuclear detonation by al Qaeda here remains a low probability, the admiral in charge of the U.S. Northern Command says.
Analysts: Bin Laden alive but hamstrung
December 6, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies think al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri are alive and still plotting attacks, even though both have eluded a massive manhunt for more than five years since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Sailor to plead on secrets to Russia
December 1, 2006
Russia obtained valuable secrets on U.S. Navy attack submarines from a technician facing court-martial next week on espionage and other charges, U.S. officials said.
Chinese hackers prompt Navy college site closure
November 30, 2006
Chinese computer hackers penetrated the Naval War College network earlier this month, forcing security authorities to shut down all e-mail and official computer network work at the Navy's school for senior officers.
Canada arrests 'illegal' spy from Russian intelligence
November 25, 2006
Canada's security service recently arrested a deep-cover Russian intelligence officer posing as a Canadian citizen in what officials say is a rare capture of an "illegal" spy.
China bought bomber secrets
November 23, 2006
China obtained secret stealth technology used on B-2 bomber engines from a Hawaii-based spy ring in a compromise U.S. officials say will allow Beijing to copy or counter a key weapon in the Pentagon's new strategy against China.
China buildup seen aimed at U.S. ships
November 22, 2006
China's military buildup includes new missiles and naval weapons designed to sink U.S. aircraft carriers and deny U.S. forces access to the Asia-Pacific region, a congressional commission official said yesterday.
Admiral says sub risked a shootout
November 15, 2006
The Navy's top commander in the Pacific said yesterday that a Chinese submarine risked setting off a military confrontation by closely shadowing a U.S. aircraft carrier sailing near Japan.
Defenses on subs to be reviewed
November 14, 2006
Navy officials confirmed yesterday that an aircraft carrier battle group failed to detect a Chinese submarine that surfaced within weapons range of the USS Kitty Hawk. Anti-submarine defenses for the carrier battle group will be reviewed as a result, they said.
China sub secretly stalked U.S. fleet
November 13, 2006
A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned.
Gates to offer 'fresh perspective' on Iraq
November 9, 2006
Former CIA Director Robert M. Gates, President Bush's choice to be the new defense secretary, is a retired career intelligence analyst with little experience in military and defense affairs.
U.S. speeds attack plans for North Korea
November 3, 2006
The Pentagon has stepped up planning for attacks against North Korea's nuclear program and is bolstering nuclear forces in Asia, said defense officials familiar with the highly secret process.
Chinese defector finds no asylum
November 1, 2006
A former high-ranking Chinese technology specialist has defected and is seeking political asylum in the United States in order to promote democratic change in China.
China cited as N. Korea supplier
October 31, 2006
China helped North Korea develop nuclear weapons and in the past year increased its support to Pyongyang, rather than pressing the regime to halt nuclear arms and missile activities, according to a congressional report.
U.S., allies fear 2nd nuke test by Pyongyang
October 18, 2006
The United States and two allies voiced new worries yesterday that North Korea is set to conduct a second underground nuclear test, as Pyongyang said that new U.N. sanctions are tantamount to a declaration of war.
U.S. verifies Korean test was nuclear
October 17, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed yesterday that the blast detected in North Korea last week was a smaller-than-expected nuclear detonation, based on the presence of radioactive particles collected near the test site.
U.S. finding indicates nuclear test
October 14, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies have detected radioactive particles in air samples collected near North Korea's nuclear testing facility, leading analysts to conclude that the blast detected Monday was a nuclear explosion, Bush administration officials said last night.
Korean test seen as only partial blast
October 13, 2006
Four days after North Korea tried to set off its first nuclear bomb, U.S. intelligence agencies think the blast detected by seismic sensors was a plutonium-fueled device that did not fully explode.
Intelligence failure cited in Korean crisis
October 12, 2006
Recent U.S. intelligence analyses of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs were flawed and the lack of clarity on the issue hampered U.S. diplomatic efforts to avert the underground blast detected Sunday, according to Bush administration officials.
U.S. doubts Korean test was nuclear
October 10, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies say, based on preliminary indications, that North Korea did not produce its first nuclear blast yesterday.
Global flow of illicit funds cut
October 5, 2006
North Korea and Iran are being squeezed financially by U.S. efforts to discourage international banks and financial institutions from helping the regimes' illicit activities, said the Treasury Department's point man on the issue.
Tehran denies secret nuke deal
September 27, 2006
Iran yesterday said it is not negotiating a secret temporary shutdown of its uranium-enrichment program as part of ongoing talks with the European Union, rebutting Bush administration sources who told The Washington Times that such a deal is being discussed.
Iran close to nuclear suspension
September 26, 2006
Iran is close to an agreement that would include a suspension of uranium enrichment but wants the deal to include a provision that the temporary halt be kept secret, according to Bush administration officials.
Pentagon analyst gets light jail term
September 9, 2006
A former Pentagon analyst who passed highly classified intelligence to two Chinese military officers was sentenced to three months in prison yesterday -- far shy of four to five years called for in sentencing guidelines.
Leak cost U.S. spy links to Chinese arms sales
September 8, 2006
A former analyst for the Pentagon's intelligence service provided China with highly classified information prior to the loss of a major electronic spying operation against Beijing, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. test missile hits a Korean bull's-eye
September 2, 2006
The U.S. missile defense system yesterday shot down an incoming dummy warhead simulating the last-stage trajectory of a North Korean Taepodong-2 missile, a milestone that U.S. officials expect to counter critics of earlier tests.
Pentagon sees no civil war in Iraq
September 2, 2006
Tribal and religious violence is increasing in Iraq but has not become a civil war, according to a Pentagon quarterly report to Congress made public yesterday.
U.S. plans for sanctions on Iran
August 28, 2006
The Bush administration plans to move rapidly to organize and impose international economic sanctions on Iran, but not until after a Thursday U.N. deadline passes, according to Bush administration officials.
U.S. eyes Chavez ties to China
August 25, 2006
The visit to China by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this week is being watched closely by U.S. national security officials who are concerned that Beijing is increasing its backing for the leftist leader.
Mossad missed Hezbollah threat
August 16, 2006
Israel's storied foreign-intelligence service failed to fully understand the threat posed by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, based on a view among many analysts that the guerrilla organization was an evolving political group, according to U.S. officials and private intelligence specialists.
British-Pakistani effort thwarted terror 'dry run'
August 11, 2006
British and Pakistani officials stepped up an eight-month investigation to prevent a "dry run" of a terrorist attack to blow up more than 10 U.S. airplanes flying between the U.S. and the United Kingdom arresting 24 suspects.
Sailor charged with spying
August 10, 2006
The Navy has charged a sailor with spying for Russia as part of a military espionage case involving a nuclear attack submarine, defense officials said yesterday.
Nuclear specialists move uranium
August 10, 2006
U.S. and international officials completed a covert operation yesterday to remove 90 pounds of easy-to-handle uranium from a research facility in Poland that was vulnerable to theft by terrorists, according to Bush administration officials.
U.S. to give S. Korea war time control over Korean troops
August 4,, 2006
The Pentagon plans to give South Korea wartime operational control over Korean troops within three years and will keep U.S. troop levels at more than 20,000 over the next several years, defense officials said yesterday.
Hezbollah forces were ready for Israeli retaliation
August 1, 2006
Hezbollah fighters were well-prepared for Israeli military actions in southern Lebanon and remain well-armed after three weeks of Israeli attacks on its forces, U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.
Hezbollah leader said to be hiding in Iranian Embassy
July 28, 2006
Intelligence reports indicate the leader of Hezbollah is hiding in a foreign mission in Beirut, possibly the Iranian Embassy, according to U.S. and Israeli officials.
Adversary of Goss takes No. 2 CIA post
July 26, 2006
A veteran CIA operations official who clashed with former agency Director Porter J. Goss was formally named the deputy CIA director yesterday, raising concerns among critics who say he will hamper reform at the agency.
Redeployed troops to look for locals' help in Baghdad
July 26, 2006
Thousands of U.S. troops being redeployed to Baghdad will try to tamp down growing sectarian violence in Iraq's capital using a "neighborhood-to-neighborhood approach," said National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley.
U.S. eyes new controls on China exports
July 14, 2006
The Bush administration is imposing new controls on high-technology exports to China, aimed at preventing illegal diversion of goods that are boosting Beijing's large-scale military buildup, a senior commerce official says.
N. Korea has more missiles, U.S. says
July 13, 2006
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has disclosed that North Korea has produced up to five additional long-range missiles, but that none appears ready for launch.
Hill missile-shield backer fears N. Korea
July 12, 2006
North Korea's recent launch of a long-range missile highlights the need for U.S. missile defenses, thus some anti-missile programs will be accelerated as a result, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said yesterday.
Missile defense tested briefly in rocket's failure
July 6, 2006
North Korea's firing of seven missiles was the first real test of the new U.S. ground-based missile defense, even though the failure of the long-range Taepodong-2 seconds after launch prevented the Pentagon from responding with a U.S.-based interceptor, defense officials said yesterday.
Intelligence analyst probed over ties to a spy for China
July 6, 2006
A high-ranking U.S. intelligence analyst is facing an internal probe for his support of former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) analyst Ron Montaperto, who recently pleaded guilty to an espionage-related charge involving contacts with Chinese intelligence.
North Korea launches missile show
July 5, 2006
North Korea launched a volley of missiles yesterday, including a long-range Taepodong-2, which can strike U.S. territory, and five others, including one that landed near Russian territory.
Friends rallying to defend DIA spy
July 5, 2006
A senior intelligence official is leading an effort within the Bush administration to defend former Defense Intelligence Agency China specialist Ronald Montaperto, who pleaded guilty recently to espionage-related charges involving Chinese intelligence.
'60s nuclear bomb gets life extension
June 30, 2006
The Energy Department has completed the first life extension on a 1960s-era nuclear bomb that is part of the Pentagon's strategic deterrent, a senior department official said yesterday.
Ex-DIA analyst admits passing secrets to China
June 23,, 2006
A former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst has pleaded guilty to illegally holding classified documents and admitted in a plea agreement to passing "top secret" information to Chinese intelligence officials.
N. Korean threat activates shield
June 20, 2006
The Pentagon activated its new U.S. ground-based interceptor missile defense system, and officials announced yesterday that any long-range missile launch by North Korea would be considered a "provocative act."
U.S. sanctions cost North Korea millions
June 16, 2006
U.S. economic "defensive measures" aimed at curbing illegal activities by North Korea have cost the Pyongyang regime millions of dollars in lost cash over the past several months through banking restrictions and other actions, U.S. officials estimate.
Group linked to al Qaeda tightening grip on Somalia
June 15, 2006
An Islamist group with ties to al Qaeda is quickly solidifying its grip on parts of Somalia and moving toward setting up a Taliban-style Islamist regime in the country, according to U.S. officials familiar with events in the region.
Al Qaeda remains threat, officials warn
June 14, 2006
Al Qaeda remains a major threat despite the death last week of the terrorist group's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi, U.S. counterterrorism officials told the Senate yesterday.
Zarqawi death is Islamist setback
June 9, 2006
Al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi was a key strategic planner of deadly suicide bombings and gruesome execution-style slayings, and his death is a major setback for Islamist extremists in Iraq and elsewhere, U.S. counterterrorism officials said yesterday.
N. Korea flag barred on 9 ships
June 8, 2006
A Syrian shipping company operates a North Korean-flagged freighter that is owned by one of nine Delaware-based companies, a practice barred last month by U.S. government sanctions that prohibit U.S. firms from flying the North Korean flags on ships.
China adds new systems to arsenal
May 24, 2006
China's secret military buildup includes laser anti-satellite weapons and new long-range nuclear missile systems set for deployment this year, according to the Pentagon's annual report to Congress on the Chinese military.
U.S.-based vessels can't fly N. Korean flag
May 23, 2006
The Bush administration quietly imposed additional economic sanctions on North Korea earlier this month by barring U.S. companies from flying North Korea's flag on freighters, tankers and fishing vessels, some of which are linked to illegal smuggling.
Officials cool to idea for China military ties
May 19, 2006
Several members of Congress oppose an admiral's proposal to ease restrictions on military exchanges with China, a move they say could boost Beijing's forces and runs counter to a policy the Pentagon openly supports.
Rumsfeld calls border duty Guard test
May 18, 2006
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Senate yesterday that dispatching 6,000 troops to support security efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border will be a test of a recently upgraded National Guard, but will not impede other missions.
New charges expected in defense data theft ring
May 16, 2006
Federal prosecutors are expected to add new charges against several people in Los Angeles linked to a covert program to provide China with Navy defense technology and at least one will be charged with espionage, U.S. government officials said.
Pakistani nuke supplier tied to Syria
May 13, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies suspect Syria was offered and received nuclear weapons technology from the covert Pakistani supplier group headed by A.Q. Khan, according to an intelligence report.
Russian military seen in decline
May 12, 2006
Russia's military forces have steadily deteriorated since the early 1990s and Moscow is trying to compensate by building up its nuclear forces and commando troops, according to military specialists.
NATO sees growing threat of missile strike on Europe
May 11, 2006
Europe faces a growing threat of ballistic missile attack from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea and needs missile defenses to counter the threats, a NATO report says.
Intelligence agency's focus turns to spies on the ground
May 9, 2006
The Central Intelligence Agency will continue a shift toward developing networks of agents overseas while losing some of its role in analyzing intelligence, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Goss quits as CIA chief
May 6, 2006
CIA Director Porter J. Goss resigned abruptly yesterday, leaving a post he held for less than two years and becoming the latest high-level administration official to be ensnared in a White House shake-up.
U.S. 'disrupted' al Qaeda WMD efforts
May 3, 2006
U.S. and international programs to defeat al Qaeda have limited the terrorist group's ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction, the No. 2 U.S. intelligence official said.
U.S., Japan ask China for military transparency
May 2, 2006
Senior U.S. and Japanese leaders called on China yesterday to explain its secret military buildup and urged North Korea to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program.
Japan presses N. Korea to resolve abduction issue
April 29, 2006
Japan's government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to help resolve the fate of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents three decades ago, a senior Japanese official said yesterday.
Hu refuses to back Iran sanctions
April 27, 2006
President Bush directly appealed to Chinese President Hu Jintao last week to support economic sanctions on Iran for not abiding by international controls on its nuclear program, but Mr. Hu refused to do so now, Bush administration officials said.
More muscle, with eye on China
April 20, 2006
The Pentagon is engaged in an extensive buildup of military forces in Asia as part of a covert strategy to strengthen and position U.S. and allied forces to deter -- or defeat -- China.
New U.S. strategy anticipates China as a threat
April 20, 2006
The Bush administration has adopted a bold new strategy for countering the emergence of a threatening China with policies that were drawn up several years ago and started being implemented in the past several months.
China security talks mix with politics, economy
April 20, 2006
Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick has led three rounds of talks with Chinese leaders as part of a so-called "senior dialogue." He spoke in March with national security reporter Bill Gertz. Excerpts of that discussion:
Chinese military linked to missile smuggling
April 20, 2006
Court papers made public yesterday in the case of a California man who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle anti-aircraft missiles into the United States show that a Chinese general and state-run manufacturer are linked to the crime.
CIA mines 'rich' content from blogs
April 19, 2006
President Bush and U.S. policy-makers are receiving more intelligence from open sources such as Internet blogs and foreign newspapers than they previously did, senior intelligence officials said.
Manhunt sidelines bin Laden
April 18, 2006
Osama bin Laden and his top deputy remain at large, but the Bush administration's top counterterrorism coordinator says the international manhunt has limited their effectiveness.
Nuclear warhead update developed
April 7, 2006
The Bush administration is designing a new nuclear warhead that will replace aging stockpiles of weapons and counter emerging threats, according to Energy Department officials.
Pentagon calls Iran missile claim an exaggeration
April 4, 2006
Iran tested an older Scud missile variant last week and often exaggerates its military developments, the Pentagon said yesterday in response to Tehran's reported testing of new advanced weaponry.
China harvesting inmates' organs, journalist says
March 24, 2006
A Chinese journalist has uncovered a secret detention center in northern China that is being used by a hospital to harvest human organs for sale to domestic and international buyers.
Longtime conservative strategist dies
March 23, 2006
John E. Carbaugh Jr., a lawyer and conservative activist who played an influential role behind the scenes in Washington politics for three decades, has died. He was 60.
Pentagon 'hedge' strategy targets China
March 17, 2006
The Pentagon is moving strategic bombers to Guam and aircraft carriers and submarines to the Pacific as part of a new "hedge" strategy aimed at preparing for conflict with China, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Chinese military trains in West
March 15, 2006
China is stepping up military training in Latin America because of a law that limits U.S. military support to nations in the region, the general in charge of the U.S. Southern Command told Congress yesterday.
Expanded influence seen as Chinese military goal
March 1, 2006
China is building up its military -- including nuclear missiles, ships and submarines -- with the apparent goal of expanding its power throughout Asia, senior military intelligence officials told Congress yesterday.
China proposes missile replacement for Bolivia
February 27, 2006
China's communist leaders are advising the new leftist government in Bolivia to avoid upsetting the United States, but at the same time have offered to replace shoulder-fired missiles that a CIA-led operation removed from the South American country last year, U.S. intelligence officials said.
Security fears about infiltration by terrorists
February 22, 2006
Several Bush-administration security officials expressed concerns yesterday that terrorists could infiltrate seaports through a United Arab Emirates company that is vying to manage six U.S. ports.
Counterspying cut for Energy
February 21, 2006
The Energy Department is downgrading its counterintelligence unit in what officials say is a "hostile takeover" by the intelligence office.
Commercial photos show Chinese nuke buildup
February 16, 2006
Commercial satellite photos made public recently provide a new look at China's nuclear forces and bases images that include the first view of a secret underwater submarine tunnel.
Counterintelligence posts vacant
February 10, 2006
The top ranks of government counterintelligence agencies are empty due to resignations and retirements amid a dispute over the role of counterspying, U.S. intelligence officials say.
China's emergence as military power splits strategists on threat to U.S.
February 7, 2006
A new Pentagon strategy report and recent congressional testimony by the director of national intelligence show the Bush administration remains divided on the threat posed by China's rise.
February 5, 2006
One year after Congress authorized the creation of a czar to oversee and reform intelligence agencies, the CIA, the FBI and other services remain largely the same, bound by ingrained bureaucratic process and culture, intelligence officials say.
Anti-U.S. terror threat still potent, Negroponte warns
February 3, 2006
Al Qaeda terrorism remains the most serious threat to U.S. national security, and the insurgency in Iraq shows no sign of abating, the nation's top intelligence official told the Senate yesterday.
U.S. agencies find no proof of looming al Qaeda attack
February 2, 2006
Despite statements by senior al Qaeda leaders, U.S. intelligence agencies do not have information indicating the group is ready to conduct a major attack, U.S. counterterrorism officials said.
Nukes pursued in multiple ways
February 2, 2006
Iran is building nuclear weapons through both plutonium and enriched uranium as part of a secret development effort, a senior State Department official said yesterday.
Strategy targets terror WMDs
January 27, 2006
The Pentagon's latest four-year strategy report calls for setting up a special military task force to prevent weapons of mass destruction from being transferred to terrorist groups, The Washington Times has learned.
Simulated attack showcases defense
January 25, 2006
The Pentagon showed off its new command-and-control system for U.S. missile defenses yesterday during a war-game missile attack on the United States, Japan and South Korea.
Ex-official warned against testifying on NSA programs
January 12, 2006
The National Security Agency has warned a former intelligence officer that he should not testify to Congress about accusations of illegal activity at NSA because of the secrecy of the programs involved.
Iran seen as moving toward nuclear weapons
January 11, 2006
Iran's resumption of uranium enrichment yesterday will move Tehran closer to full-scale nuclear weapons production, according to U.S. and Western officials and specialists.
NSA whistleblower asks to testify
January 5, 2006
A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
China raps sanctions for Iran arms sales
December 29, 2005
China's government yesterday demanded that the Bush administration lift sanctions imposed on six companies on charges of illicit sales to Iran, saying the action undermined Beijing's cooperation with the United States.
U.S. puts sanctions on Chinese firms for aiding Tehran
December 27, 2005
Several Chinese companies involved in selling missile goods and chemical-arms materials to Iran have been hit with U.S. sanctions, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Top official fears Patriot Act loss will hurt FBI
December 19, 2005
The FBI will lose capabilities used in tracking terrorists if provisions of the USA Patriot Act are allowed to expire, a senior FBI official said.
Attacks in a lull, but Iraq braces for election violence
December 13, 2005
Suicide bombings in Iraq have decreased in recent weeks, but terrorists are suspected of planning major attacks to coincide with the elections Thursday, senior U.S. military officials say.
U.S. official warns of 'catastrophic' weapons use
December 11, 2005
A senior State Department official is warning that terrorists are continuing to seek nuclear, chemical and biological weapons for use in future attacks.
N. Korea charged in counterfeiting of U.S. currency
December 2, 2005
North Korea's government has produced more than $45 million in high-quality fake $100 bills since 1989 and is the world's only state-sponsored producer of the so-called "supernote," according to U.S. law-enforcement officials.
Defense contractor held in spy case
November 30, 2005
A defense contractor charged with failing to register as a Chinese agent admitted passing data on U.S. Navy arms technology to China for 22 years, including information on next-generation destroyers, an aircraft carrier catapult and the Aegis weapons system, according to new court papers in the case.
U.S. says Tehran is pursuing nuke arms
November 25, 2005
U.S. intelligence agencies are convinced that Iran is working to build nuclear weapons in secret based on a confidential report produced last week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and on information from a former Iranian opposition figure.
U.S. seen vulnerable to space 'pulse' attack
November 22, 2005
The United States is highly vulnerable to attack from electronic pulses caused by a nuclear blast in space, according to a new book on threats to U.S. security.
Russian warhead alters course midflight in test
November 21, 2005
Russia recently conducted a flight test of a new warhead that can change course in midflight, which U.S. and Russian officials are calling part of Moscow's efforts to defeat U.S. missile defenses.
Trio held in L.A. as spies for Beijing
November 17, 2005
A Chinese intelligence-gathering ring in Los Angeles provided Beijing's military with details of a new small U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle, along with some of the U.S. military's most advanced high-technology weapons data, according to Bush administration officials close to the case.
Irish forgery suspect fights U.S. extradition
November 17, 2005
An Irish communist leader wanted in the United States on counterfeiting charges has fled Northern Ireland to avoid extradition.
2 charged with conspiracy to import Chinese missiles
November 10, 2005
Two men were indicted yesterday in Los Angeles on charges of attempting to illegally import Chinese shoulder-fired missiles into the United States.
Report hits China over N. Korea role
November 10, 2005
China has failed to use political and economic leverage to press North Korea into giving up its nuclear program, a congressional commission says.
Islamists see opportunity with unrest in France
November 9, 2005
Street riots in France do not appear to be instigated by overseas terrorists, but there are growing fears that Islamic extremists are exploiting the unrest, U.S. officials and private specialists said.
Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring
November 5, 2005
Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.
Activists help sow seeds of democracy in Stalinist N. Korea
October 28, 2005
ULAN BAT0R, Mongolia -- Nongovernmental organizations from Mongolia are working quietly with North Korea's totalitarians to help bring democracy to the Stalinist state, said Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar.
U.S. intelligence needs to be more 'agile,' report says
October 27, 2005
U.S. intelligence agencies need to be more "agile" than their enemies to deal with current terrorist and other threats, according to a strategy report made public yesterday.
Chinese exporter linked to missile scheme
October 26, 2005
Federal investigators have linked a Chinese state-run export company to a conspiracy to sell surface-to-air missiles in the United States, Justice Department officials said.
Lithuanians remember atrocities by KGB
October 24, 2005
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- The dreaded KGB Soviet secret political police is remembered here by thousands of people who visit a special museum designed to help Lithuanians know about the arrests, torture and deportation of their countrymen under Moscow's rule.
Rumsfeld wary of Beijing's buildup
October 20, 2005
BEIJING -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Chinese military officials today that China's expansion of its strategic missile forces and a lack of information about the buildup is a concern to the United States and other nations.
China rejects Western democracy
October 20, 2005
BEIJING -- China's government yesterday issued a report stating why the Marxist system will not be changed to allow for Western-style democracy and why democracy is limited to within the ruling Communist Party dictatorship.
China denies targeting U.S. cities
October 19, 2005
BEIJING -- China's strategic missile forces commander today told Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that China is not targeting U.S. cities with missiles and will not be the first to use nuclear arms in a conflict.
Rumsfeld's lesson for China students: Democracy growing
October 19, 2005
BEIJING -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told students and faculty at a Communist Party school here today that openness, democracy and freedom are the keys to China's future.
China's military center off-limits
October 15, 2005
China's central military command center will remain off-limits to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld when he visits China next week, defense officials said yesterday.
China expected to put on the charm for Rumsfeld
October 14, 2005
China's government is planning a charm offensive aimed at reversing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's view that China could emerge as a threat.
Iranian militants in power stir fears
October 14, 2005
The rise of militants to power positions in Iran is raising new worries about Iranian military forces' deploying new weapons that threaten oil supplies or future long-range nuclear or chemical missile strikes.
Covert action operations to remain in CIA's control
October 14, 2005
The CIA has retained control over U.S. covert action paramilitary programs despite a commission recommendation that the Pentagon take the lead role in such programs, senior U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.
U.S. accuses North Korea of $100 bill counterfeiting
October 12, 2005
The Bush administration formally has accused North Korea of manufacturing high-quality counterfeit $100 "supernotes" for the first time, according to an indictment made public yesterday as part of a 16-year probe.
Irish Workers Party leader faces charges in U.S.
October 11, 2005
The leader of the Marxist arm of the Official Irish Republican Army has been arrested in Northern Ireland and is being sought by U.S. authorities for his involvement in a North Korean government program to make high-quality counterfeit $100 bills known as "supernotes."
Vetting faulted in FBI spy case
October 7, 2005
Poor vetting procedures by the FBI and Marine Corps are being blamed for the compromise of intelligence secrets to the Philippines by a former Marine who worked in the White House, U.S. officials say.
Castro brothers helped KGB, files show
October 6, 2005
Soviet intelligence files made public in a new book show that American travelers to Cuba helped KGB agents obtain identity documents and that Fidel Castro and his brother worked with the spy agency five years before taking power in the 1959 revolution.
China a 'central' spying threat
September 29, 2005
China's intelligence services are mounting wide-ranging efforts to acquire U.S. technology and are among the most active of nearly 100 nations whose spying has undermined U.S. military advantages, according to a senior U.S. counterintelligence official.
CIA chief placing more spies abroad
September 24, 2005
The CIA is working to improve overseas spying through more high-risk operations and less reliance on foreign intelligence services, according to CIA Director Porter J. Goss.
U.S. deploys warfare unit to jam enemy satellites
September 22, 2005
The U.S. military is bracing for future attacks in space, and the Air Force has deployed an electronic-warfare unit capable of jamming enemy satellites, the general in charge of space defenses says.
Atta files destroyed by Pentagon
September 22, 2005
Pentagon lawyers during the Clinton administration ordered the destruction of intelligence reports that identified September 11 leader Mohamed Atta months before the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, according to congressional testimony yesterday.
Taiwan slammed on lax defense
September 20, 2005
A senior Pentagon official yesterday sharply criticized Taiwan's government for not moving ahead with an arms buildup to counter a mounting threat from China.
U.S. report says Iran seeks to acquire nuclear
September 16, 2005
Iran is concealing many of its nuclear facilities from international controls and the activities show it is seeking nuclear weapons, according to a U.S. government report.
Top CIA official to quit sooner over Goss dispute
September 15, 2005
A senior official in the CIA's espionage branch will leave earlier than announced because of a dispute with CIA Director Porter J. Goss on reforms within the agency's spying branch, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
China sought system to intercept U.S. spy data
September 12, 2005
China's government secretly tried to buy U.S. electronic equipment that would allow Beijing to intercept U.S. intelligence data sent to the ground by satellites, according to court papers in a spy case.
No 'evidence' of Gulf War pilot's death
September 9, 2005
The Navy announced yesterday it still thinks Persian Gulf War pilot Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher could be alive and thus will not change his status from "missing/captured" to "killed in action."
China in a tiff at missile defense
September 2, 2005
China's government issued a report yesterday criticizing the development of regional missile defenses in Asia and opposing U.S. efforts to help Taiwan counter Beijing's missiles targeting the island.
Chinese activist warns of nuclear war
September 1, 2005
China is preparing for nuclear war with the United States over Taiwan, and a conflict is likely in the near future because of divisions among Beijing's leaders, a Chinese democracy activist says.
Hill panel hit for going soft on China issues
August 24, 2005
A bipartisan congressional commission on China has been taken over by Democrats and stopped work on most issues related to Beijing's military, a public watchdog group said.
Rumsfeld says Iran is arming Iraqi insurgents
August 20, 2005
Iran is continuing to supply weapons to insurgents in Iraq with the goal of creating an Islamist government, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.
War games seen as 'message'
August 17, 2005
A joint Chinese and Russian military exercise set to begin tomorrow is meant as a political signal to the United States, in addition to helping Moscow showcase its weapons for sale to China, U.S. defense and intelligence officials said yesterday.
U.S. to restart arms technology transfers to Israel
August 17, 2005
The Pentagon yesterday announced it will resume arms technology transfers to Israel that were curbed as a result of Tel Aviv's weapons sales to China.
China stocks nukes as anti-U.S. tactic
July 29, 2005
China is building up its nuclear forces as part of a secret strategy targeting the United States, according to a former Chinese diplomat.
Chinese military buildup reaches beyond Taiwan
July 20, 2005
China is rapidly building up its military forces and weapons systems to project power beyond Taiwan, according to a Pentagon report made public yesterday.
N. Korea defector seeks help from Bush
July 19, 2005
A North Korean defector who survived 10 years in a prison labor camp said he told President Bush last month that the United States should do more to help those who flee the communist regime.
Chinese general shakes nukes at U.S.
July 16, 2005
A senior general in the Chinese army threatened to use nuclear arms against the United States in a conflict over the Taiwan Strait, prompting the Bush administration to call the remarks "highly irresponsible."
London attacks raise specter of more bombings
July 14, 2005
Terrorist bombings in Madrid and Istanbul and the discovery of a wider conspiracy in the London blasts are raising fears of another round of bombings, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Bush backs Rove amid CIA leak scandal
July 13, 2005
President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of a press frenzy over the ongoing Justice Department investigation into a leak that divulged the name of a CIA officer, the White House said yesterday.
Pakistan arrest offered hints, no details on planned hits
July 8, 2005
The recent arrest of an al Qaeda terrorist in Pakistan provided some clues that terrorists were planning attacks on trains and buses, but there were no specific warnings of the bombings in London yesterday, U.S. officials said.
China's buildup causing 'concern'
June 30, 2005
The Pentagon is debating how to field the right mix of weapons to deal with China's growing military power, a top Air Force general said yesterday.
New U.S. center to check spread of WMDs
June 29, 2005
The Bush administration has agreed to set up a new interagency center to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction, U.S. officials said.
Beijing devoted to weakening 'enemy' U.S., defector says
June 27, 2005
China's communist leaders view the United States as their main enemy and are working in Asia and around the world to undermine U.S. alliances, said a former Chinese diplomat.
Thefts of U.S. technology boost China's weaponry
June 27, 2005
China is stepping up its overt and covert efforts to gather intelligence and technology in the United States, and the activities have boosted Beijing's plans to rapidly produce advanced-weapons systems.
Chinese technology theft on the rise, U.S. says
June 27, 2005
U.S. government investigators say the number of cases involving China and its middlemen who have illegally obtained sensitive or classified U.S. weapons technology is growing.
Beijing building deep-sea naval might
June 26, 2005
China soon will receive a new Kilo submarine from Russia, part of a naval buildup of modern warships and submarines that has triggered new fears for U.S. military planners.
Chinese dragon awakens
June 26, 2005
China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials.
China advances missile program
June 22, 2005
China has successfully flight-tested a submarine-launched missile that U.S. officials say marks a major advance in Beijing's long-range nuclear program.
Pentagon cuts back on weapons to Israel
June 21, 2005
The Pentagon has sharply curtailed weapons-technology transfers to Israel as part of a dispute over Israel's arms sales to China, according to Department of Defense officials.
U.S. probes reported Sudan link to terror
June 17, 2005
U.S. intelligence and security agencies are investigating reports that Sudan's government has renewed its covert support for al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorists, The Washington Times has learned.
Analysts missed Chinese buildup
June 9, 2005
A highly classified intelligence report produced for the new director of national intelligence concludes that U.S. spy agencies failed to recognize several key military developments in China in the past decade, The Washington Times has learned.
Rice expresses concern about China's military
June 7, 2005
Senior Bush administration officials are expressing growing fears over the rapid pace of China's military buildup.
Foreign spying in 2004 impaired U.S. military edge
June 1, 2005
Foreign spies from nearly 100 nations sought sensitive U.S. technology last year, and technology losses undermined U.S. military advantages, according to an annual U.S. counterintelligence report.
33 U.S. bases chosen for closing
May 14, 2005
The Pentagon yesterday announced plans to close 33 major military bases and realign 29 others in a force restructuring designed to consolidate forces and save money — at least $49 billion over 20 years.
Pentagon to suggest forces share facilities at some bases
May 12, 2005
The Pentagon will recommend joining elements of different branches of the armed services on some military bases when it announces proposed base closings in upcoming days, defense officials say.
Intelligence chief picks 4 top deputies
May 7, 2005
The United States' first director of national intelligence, John D. Negroponte, has appointed four deputies from within the intelligence and foreign policy bureaucracy, drawing fire from reform advocates.
Capture seen as path to bin Laden
May 6, 2005
The arrest of al Qaeda's No. 3 man, Abu Farraj al-Libbi, in Pakistan promises to provide new information on Osama bin Laden's life on the run and deprives the terror network of its chief operating officer, according to counterterrorism and defense officials.
Japanese seek U.S. support on sanctions
May 3, 2005
Representatives of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea have appealed to the Bush administration to support sanctions on Pyongyang until the communist regime provides a full accounting of the missing Japanese.
Wolfowitz holds talks with top Chinese general
April 29, 2005
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz met yesterday with a top Chinese general and other military officials amid growing concern over the rapid buildup of Chinese military forces.
Myers says U.S. winning in Iraq
April 27, 2005
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are winning the war against former Saddam Hussein loyalists, foreign terrorists and criminals.
Taiwan needs weapons to counter China buildup
April 26, 2005
Taiwan urgently needs to buy submarines, missile defenses and patrol aircraft to counter the growing threat posed by China's rapid buildup of military forces, a former Pentagon China specialist says.
North Korea seen readying its first nuclear arms test
April 23, 2005
U.S. intelligence agencies have detected activity at facilities in North Korea indicating Pyongyang may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear test in the near future, according to U.S. officials.
Reports reveal Zarqawi nuclear threat
April 20, 2005
Recurrent intelligence reports say al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi has obtained a nuclear device or is preparing a radiological explosive -- or dirty bomb -- for an attack, according to U.S. officials, who also say analysts are unable to gauge the reliability of the information's sources.
Negroponte would stress reform
April 13, 2005
The career diplomat nominated to the new post of director of national intelligence told the Senate yesterday he would make reforming spy agencies a major priority.
GAO faults relaxed arms-export controls
April 7, 2005
The State Department is continuing to loosen strategic trade controls even as U.S. adversaries are increasing efforts to illegally obtain weapons and related technology, according to a congressional report to be made public today.
Missiles sold to China and Iran
April 6, 2005
Members of Ukraine's intelligence service and two Russians took part in an elaborate plan to sell 20 long-range cruise missiles to China and Iran, according to a Ukrainian government official.
Panel to review war pilot's status
April 5, 2005
Navy Secretary Gordon England has ordered a special panel to review the status of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, the pilot declared killed in combat in 1991 but later classified as captured during the Persian Gulf War.
Major milestone' reached in missile defense system
April 5, 2005
The Pentagon announced yesterday the completion of a new high-powered radar that is a key element of the U.S. ground-based missile defense system.
Berger pleads guilty to theft of classified Archives papers
April 2, 2005
The Clinton administration's most senior national security official pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing classified documents from the National Archives and destroying with scissors some of the material related to terror threats before the 2000 celebration.
Panel urges Bush to set up FBI intelligence branch
April 1, 2005
A presidential panel yesterday urged the Bush administration to set up a new domestic intelligence branch of the FBI to better deal with terrorism, spies and arms proliferation.
Panel faults prewar intelligence
March 31, 2005
President Bush is expected to embrace recommendations from his commission on weapons of mass destruction, which will release a report today calling on the U.S. intelligence community to ensure that dissenting views within its agencies are fully reviewed and passed up the chain of command.
Pakistan denies access to nuke supplier
March 30, 2005
Pakistan will not grant U.S. requests for direct access to pardoned nuclear supplier Abdul Qadeer Khan, but instead offered alternatives for getting information about his covert network, Pakistan's ambassador told the United States yesterday.
Bush approves tough new plan to battle spies
March 29, 2005
Nearly 80 Americans have been caught spying since 1985, and the Bush administration has launched a more aggressive anti-spying effort to better combat foreign intelligence activities, according to a new strategy report made public yesterday.
Plan eyes spies near battlefield
March 24, 2005
A plan to reform defense-related intelligence calls for moving more spies and analysts out of the Pentagon and closer to the battlefield to better support troops, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Syria, Iran aiding Iraq insurgents
March 10, 2005
CIA Director Porter J. Goss told Congress yesterday that the governments of Syria and Iran are helping insurgents in Iraq, despite U.S. efforts to end the cooperation.
Pentagon sees missile-defense progress
March 10, 2005
U.S. defenses against enemy missiles are progressing toward full deployment and a new sea-based version hit a simulated Scud missile flight during a test last month, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
U.S. calls new Chinese law on Taiwan 'unhelpful'
March 9, 2005
China disclosed the first details of a new law on secession yesterday that authorizes an attack on Taiwan if it formally declares independence, as the Bush administration said the measure will raise tensions and increase the risk of war.
U.S. targets spy services abroad
March 6, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Bush administration has adopted a new counterintelligence strategy that calls for "attacking" foreign spy services and the spy components of terrorist groups before they can strike, a senior U.S. intelligence official said yesterday.
Bin Laden urges Zarqawi to attack inside America
March 1, 2005
U.S. intelligence and security officials yesterday said new information indicates that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has asked Iraq-based terrorists to focus future attacks on targets inside the United States.
Bush, Putin agree to act to prevent nuclear terrorism
February 25, 2005
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed yesterday to step up cooperation in securing weapons and material to prevent nuclear terrorism.
Bush warns of China arms sales
February 23, 2005
President Bush yesterday expressed "deep concern" that the European Union is planning to lift its arms embargo against China, suggesting that Beijing might use new weaponry against Taiwan, a move that could pose a threat to U.S. forces and other countries in the region.
Security access denial at issue
February 20, 2005
U.S. intelligence agencies are abusing rules on access to classified data to punish employees who upset security officials or who go against prevailing bureaucratic viewpoints, according to three officials who say they were unfairly forced out.
Chinese military buildup assessed as threat to U.S.
February 18, 2005
China's military buildup is "tilting the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait" in ways threatening to the United States, say U.S. intelligence officials, whose blunt comments contrast sharply to past intelligence assessments of the communist country's capabilities.
Goss fears WMD attack in U.S. 'a matter of time'
February 17, 2005
Senior U.S. intelligence leaders told Congress yesterday that "it may only be a matter of time" before terrorists try to use weapons of mass destruction against the United States.
EU urged to maintain arms ban
February 10, 2005
The Bush administration is pressing the European Union to maintain the arms embargo imposed on China after the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.
Rumsfeld to visit China, eyes hot line for defense
February 9, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has agreed to visit China this year and the Pentagon is discussing the creation of a telephone hot line to the Chinese military, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Defense seeks raise, rock-penetrating nuke
February 8, 2005
The Pentagon is seeking $419.3 billion for fiscal 2006, a 4.8 percent increase, and wants to renew work on a rock-penetrating nuclear bomb that could be used against underground bunkers in places such as Iran and North Korea.
Vote 'tipping' support for government in Iraq
February 4, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that Sunday's historic elections in Iraq have ignited a "tipping of support for the government" by Iraqis now more willing to help security forces defeat insurgents.
Analysis links N. Korea to Libyan nuclear goods
February 3, 2005
U.S. intelligence analysis of nuclear weapons-related goods obtained from Libya has linked it to North Korea, a sign the communist regime's weapons program is more advanced than previously suspected.
Conversions of jetliners in China draw attention
February 1, 2005
The Bush administration is investigating whether China illegally converted Boeing commercial jetliners into a military surveillance aircraft in violation of U.S. export laws.
IBM sale to China raises concern
January 26, 2005
Three House committee chairmen asked the Bush administration yesterday to review the proposed sale of IBM's personal computer unit to a Chinese-owned company.
Missiles deployed for inauguration
January 19, 2005
The military has deployed anti-aircraft missiles within range of the Capitol as part of security enhancements for tomorrow's presidential inauguration.
China builds up strategic sea lanes
January 18, 2005
China is building up military forces and setting up bases along sea lanes from the Middle East to project its power overseas and protect its oil shipments, according to a previously undisclosed internal report prepared for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Attacks by Islamists projected to continue
January 14, 2005
Radical Islamic terrorists will continue to attack the United States and the world in the coming two decades and are likely to obtain and use biological weapons, according to a new intelligence report made public yesterday.
WMD panel fires FBI agent for sharing CIA document
January 13, 2005
A presidential commission examining U.S. intelligence failures related to weapons of mass destruction has fired an FBI agent for improperly supplying a classified CIA report to FBI headquarters, The Washington Times has learned.
Pentagon ousts official who tied Russia, Iraq arms
December 30, 2004
A Pentagon official who publicly disclosed information showing Russian involvement in moving Iraqi weapons out of that country has been dismissed.
U.S. calls for calm from Beijing, Taipei
December 29, 2004
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday cautioned China and Taiwan not to escalate tensions as Beijing issued a report warning that its military will "crush" the island if it formally declares independence from the mainland.
Fight on WMDs boasts global backing
December 23, 2004
The war in Iraq has set the United States at odds with some allies, but the international community is strongly supporting a U.S.-led initiative to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Commander says Syria must curb terrorist support
December 17, 2004
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday that Syria's government must do more to curb support for terrorists and former Saddam Hussein loyalists in Iraq who are using the Arab state as a base.
N. Korea insists on change of U.S. policy for new talks
December 16, 2004
North Korea is waiting for President Bush to offer a more friendly U.S. policy toward the communist state in his upcoming speeches before agreeing to resume stalled nuclear talks, Bush administration officials say.
Former FBI agent cites penetration of CIA by China
December 15, 2004
China's intelligence service spent years training a spy who posed as a Catholic priest in New York and was part of an escape plan for a Chinese agent in the CIA, according to a veteran FBI counterspy.
Foreign terrorists in Fallujah
December 14, 2004
U.S. military forces captured more than 30 foreign fighters during recent combat in Fallujah and found equipment used by terrorists to make fake passports and documents, a senior military official in Iraq said.
From the ground up
December 12, 2004
Two years after the demise of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the United States has put into place a limited system to defend the country from missile attacks. It is the first system of its kind to protect all 50 states from missile attack, on a limited scale.
Deployment generates interest, little opposition
December 12, 2004
Deployment of the first U.S. national missile defense has produced little domestic or international opposition. In fact, there is growing interest among other nations in taking part in buying or cooperating in U.S. efforts to knock down enemy missiles and warheads.
China tests ballistic missile submarine
December 3, 2004
China's military has launched the first of a new class of ballistic missile submarines in what defense officials view as a major step forward in Beijing's strategic weapons program.
U.S. told of Iranian effort to create nuclear warhead
December 2, 2004
Recent intelligence shows Iran has been working to produce a missile re-entry vehicle containing a small nuclear warhead for its Shahab missiles and has encountered problems developing a reliable centrifuge system for uranium enrichment, U.S. officials said.
Iraqi bomb labs signal attacks in the works
November 30, 2004
Chemicals and bomb-making literature found at two houses in Fallujah, Iraq, last week show Iraqi rebels are prepared to use chemical and biological weapons in future attacks, a U.S. military spokesman said yesterday.
CIA report cites N. Korean proliferation threat
November 26, 2004
North Korea threatened in secret talks to export nuclear weapons and to conduct a test blast, according to a CIA report made public this week.
Goss pushes change at CIA
November 19, 2004
CIA Director Porter J. Goss is moving ahead with a shake-up at the agency, aimed at changing an outdated and risk-averse spying bureaucracy, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Bank lapses cited in Iraq oil program
November 18, 2004
The French bank that handled funds for the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq made tens of millions of dollars in fees and did not properly monitor transactions involving Saddam Hussein's oil sales, congressional investigators said yesterday.
U.N. deserted leads in oil-for-food investigation
November 17, 2004
A private intelligence firm hired by the United Nations to look into corruption in the oil-for-food program provided valuable leads to U.N. investigators, but they were ignored, the company's director says.
Saddam oil-food gains doubled
November 16, 2004
The Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein skimmed $21.3 billion from the United Nations oil-for-food program, nearly twice the amount of previous U.S. estimates, according to a Senate investigation.
4 European firms key to Iraq probe
November 11, 2004
U.N. legal advisers deliberated yesterday about whether to release four European companies from confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from cooperating with a congressional investigation in the oil-for-food program scandal.
Coalition uses divide-conquer plan in Fallujah
November 9, 2004
Coalition troops are employing a divide-and-conquer strategy in Fallujah, Iraq, capitalizing on months of pinpointed intelligence to seal off terrorist-held neighborhoods and then attack enemy pockets.
2 Russian generals given awards in Iraq on war eve
October 30, 2004
Two Russian generals were photographed receiving awards from Saddam Hussein's government for helping Iraqi military forces less than 10 days before the U.S.-led invasion.
Pentagon accounts for some explosives
October 30, 2004
The Pentagon yesterday said U.S. Army troops removed an estimated 250 tons of ammunition, including plastic explosives, from the Al-Qaqaa weapons storage site in Iraq weeks after the war began.
Photos point to removal of weapons
October 29, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained satellite photographs of truck convoys that were at several weapons sites in Iraq in the weeks before U.S. military operations were launched, defense officials said yesterday.
Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms
October 28, 2004
Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.
Indian scientists sanctioned for assisting Iran on nukes
October 22, 2004
The Bush administration has imposed sanctions on two Indian scientists for selling nuclear technology to Iran and is planning additional arms-related sanctions, U.S. officials said.
Pentagon probes punishment of whistleblower
October 21, 2004
The Pentagon is investigating the National Security Agency for improperly punishing an official after he reported he suspected a co-worker was a Chinese agent in the Defense Intelligence Agency.
CIA backs away from Al Qaeda tip
October 20, 2004
A CIA informant provided false information about an impending al Qaeda attack, but other intelligence sources reveal that the danger of a major strike by the group close to the upcoming elections is real, U.S. officials said.
Chechen terrorists probed
October 13, 2004
U.S. security officials are investigating a recent intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the United States from Mexico in July.
Chinese information warfare threatens Taiwan
October 13, 2004
Taiwan is facing a growing threat from Chinese computer attacks and other information-based strikes designed to cripple its infrastructures, a senior Pentagon official says.
Saddam bribed China with oil deals, CIA finds
October 12, 2004
China illegally supplied Saddam Hussein's regime with missile technology and other weaponry and was a major beneficiary of the U.N. oil-for-food program, according to a CIA report.
Saddam paid off French leaders
October 7, 2004
Saddam Hussein used a U.N. humanitarian program to pay $1.78 billion to French government officials, businessmen and journalists in a bid to have sanctions removed and U.S. policies opposed, according to a CIA report made public yesterday.
Allies 'resisted' stopping oil ploy
October 6, 2004
The governments of France, Russia, China and Syria blocked U.S. efforts within the United Nations to stop Saddam Hussein from misusing the oil-for-food program, a State Department official told Congress yesterday.
Saddam misused oil-food program
October 5, 2004
Congressional investigators have uncovered new information showing how Saddam Hussein's government systematically purchased military-related goods for the seven years of the U.N. oil-for-food program.
Laser injures Delta pilot's eye
September 29, 2004
A pilot flying a Delta Air Lines jet was injured by a laser that illuminated the cockpit of the aircraft as it approached Salt Lake City International Airport last week, U.S. officials said.
N.Y. man disappears after threats to Bush
September 28, 2004
U.S. law enforcement officials have been unable to locate an upstate New York man wanted for questioning regarding threats to President Bush.
U.S. firm fined $6.3 million for Iran trade
September 25, 2004
Federal prosecutors completed a plea agreement this week that imposed more than $6.3 million in fines on a U.S. company that illegally sent embargoed high-technology pumps to Iran.
Iraq's leader appeals to U.N.
September 25, 2004
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi appealed to the world leaders at the United Nations yesterday to help his country achieve stability by sending peacekeepers, reinforcing borders and forgiving its debts.
Navy turns down appeal for award
September 24, 2004
The Navy has rejected an appeal from the Pentagon inspector general to award a Purple Heart to a Navy intelligence officer who was injured by a laser during a 1997 encounter with a Russian merchant ship spying on a U.S. submarine.
Company pleads to illegally selling pumps to Iran
September 23, 2004
The U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese company will plead guilty to illegally shipping high-technology pumps with military applications to Iran through two French companies, The Washington Times has learned.
Al Qaeda seen planning for 'spectacular' attack
September 21, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded recently that al Qaeda — fearing its credibility is on the line — is moving ahead with plans for a major, "spectacular" attack, despite disruptions of some operations by recent arrests in Britain and Pakistan.
Secretary issues warning on intelligence reform
September 8, 2004
Hasty reform of U.S. intelligence agencies in the aftermath of the September 11 commission's report could damage American national security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.
China will send troops to Haiti
Sept. 6, 2004
China's Public Security Ministry is set to dispatch a 130-man "special police" unit to Haiti this month in the first deployment of Chinese forces to the Western Hemisphere, Bush administration officials say.
FBI suspect specialized in Iranian affairs
Sept 1, 2004
The Pentagon analyst at the center of an FBI investigation involving classified information being given to Israel is a career civil servant who specialized in Iranian affairs within the policy branch of the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Pentagon briefed on probe
Aug. 31, 2004
Two senior Pentagon officials were briefed Sunday on the investigation of a midlevel analyst suspected of passing classified information to Israel, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Pentagon aide draws scrutiny from FBI
Aug. 28, 2004
The FBI is investigating a senior Pentagon official who is suspected of passing classified information to the Israeli government through a pro-Israel lobbying group, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Two reports detail Iraq prison abuse
Aug. 27, 2004
The release of two Pentagon reports this week on prisoner abuses in Iraq is part of ongoing inquiries into the activities of soldiers at Abu Ghraib who mistreated Iraqi prisoners.
27 tied to Iraq prisoner abuses
Aug. 26, 2004
An Army report into military intelligence activities at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison reveals that 27 soldiers or civilians abused Iraqi prisoners due to criminal activity or confusing interrogation rules.
Panel blames 'confusion' for Iraqi prison abuse
Aug. 25, 2004
Confused interrogation rules and Pentagon leadership failures contributed to the abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, but the abuse was not the result of approved military policies, says a blue ribbon panel of defense specialists.
China breaks vow on halting arms transfers
August 23, 2004
A Chinese company recently supplied missile-related technology to Iran in violation of Beijing's promises to curb arms-proliferation activities, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Bin Laden hints major assassination
August 11, 2004
U.S. intelligence officials say a high-profile political assassination, triggered by the public release of a new message from Osama bin Laden, will lead off the next major al Qaeda terrorist attack, The Washington Times has learned.
North Korea pumps money into military
Aug. 3, 2004
SEOUL — North Korea is spending as much as 40 percent of its gross domestic product on its military, including its nuclear-weapons program, to give its 1.2-million-man army key advantages over better-armed U.S. and South Korean forces, said Army Gen. Leon J. LaPorte, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.
Transfers 'ready to fight' in Iraq
August 1, 2004
SEOUL — The commander of U.S. soldiers leaving here for Iraq says they are "ready to fight" insurgents and terrorists despite their initial training for a far different mission in a far different place.
CIA points to continuing Iran tie to al Qaeda
July 23, 2004
A senior CIA official has revealed that al Qaeda operatives in Iran probably had advance knowledge of recent terrorist attacks, a sign that the cooperation between Tehran and al Qaeda is continuing since September 11.
CIA officer named prior to column
July 23, 2004
The identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame was compromised twice before her name appeared in a news column that triggered a federal illegal-disclosure investigation, U.S. officials say.
Report lists three main changes
July 22, 2004
The commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks is recommending the creation of a sub-Cabinet chief of national intelligence, a joint counterterrorism center and strengthened congressional oversight of spy agencies, say U.S. officials familiar with the report.
Chinese produce new type of sub
July 16, 2004
China's naval buildup has produced a new type of attack submarine that U.S. intelligence did not know was under construction, according to U.S. defense and intelligence officials.
Signal jamming a factor in future wars, general says
July 16, 2004
Saddam Hussein's failed attempt to jam U.S. Global Positioning System navigation signals during the Iraq war is an example of the growing danger of space warfare, the Air Force's top space commander said yesterday.
British report links al Qaeda, Baghdad
July 15, 2004
A British government report made public yesterday provides new information showing that al Qaeda terrorists had contacts with Iraqi intelligence in developing chemical arms and that the group worked with a Pakistani nuclear weapons scientist.
Chinese told U.S. arms sales to Taiwan to proceed
July 14, 2004
The United States will sell arms to the Republic of China (Taiwan), despite Beijing's objections, because of the growing Chinese missile buildup opposite the island, senior Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Menges dead at 64; was Reagan adviser
July 13, 2004
Constantine C. Menges, a national security and intelligence official during the Reagan administration and advocate of global democracy, died Sunday. He was 64.
Iraq probing cell phone deals
July 8, 2004
The new Iraqi government is investigating whether illegal payoffs were made to secure cell phone contracts for a financial associate of Saddam Hussein, said the former U.S. administrator in Iraq.
Bremer labels Zarqawi cells hard to crack
July 2, 2004
Abu Musab Zarqawi has set up a network so well organized in Iraq it deployed a Yemeni suicide bomber in a car to blow up a police station just 48 hours after he entered the country, says L. Paul Bremer, the former top U.S. administrator in Baghdad.
Government on alert for July 4 terrorist attack
June 30, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies are warning the federal government to be on alert for a terrorist attack around the July Fourth holiday, especially at military facilities and large gatherings, according to U.S. officials.
Zarqawi uses Web for funding, recruits
June 29, 2004
Abu Musab Zarqawi is using the Internet to recruit more terrorists and get money to finance his insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, according to a senior coalition military official.
Pyongyang takes a hard line at six-way talks
June 26, 2004
North Korea's threat to test nuclear weapons unless the United States makes concessions at the six-party talks is being viewed with worry by the Bush administration.
Iraqi insurgents seek Saddam's chemical arms
June 25, 2004
Insurgents in Iraq are seeking chemical arms and expertise left over from the regime of Saddam Hussein for possible use against U.S. and allied troops, an intelligence official in Iraq said yesterday.
Pentagon urges repeal of Iraq phone contracts
June 22, 2004
The Pentagon has asked the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad to cancel three contracts for Iraqi cell phone networks worth about $500 million annually, citing fraud and the companies' links to an Iraqi-born Briton with ties to Saddam Hussein.
S. Korea troop cuts tied to restructuring
June 21, 2004
The planned withdrawal of 12,500 U.S. troops from South Korea comes amid increased defenses against a weaker but still dangerous North Korean military threat, according to Pentagon officials and a military report.
Navy secretary to lead reviews in Guantanamo
June 18, 2004
Navy Secretary Gordon England has been picked to head a review process that will determine whether to release prisoners detained at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defense officials said.
Panel suggests revisiting U.S. 'one-China' policy
June 16, 2004
A congressional commission yesterday called on the Bush administration to review the so-called "one-China" policy that has guided U.S. ties with Beijing since 1972 and isolated a U.S. ally in the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Iraq cell-phone bribery suspected
June 15, 2004
The FBI is conducting a preliminary inquiry into whether a businessman linked to Saddam Hussein's regime bribed U.S. and Iraqi officials to fix bids for Iraqi cell-phone contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, U.S. officials said.
Sanchez removes self from inquiry on abuse
June 11, 2004
The three-star Army general overseeing the investigation of prisoner abuse in Iraq has asked to be recused from the probe in order to preserve its integrity and satisfy military rules, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.
Pentagon to stress speed over mass
June 10, 2004
The Bush administration is nearing completion of a new defense posture that will shift troops and weapons overseas and emphasize rapid deployment over numbers of troops, tanks, ships and aircraft.
Backers defend Chalabi's service
June 9, 2004
Military and intelligence agency supporters of Iraqi political leader Ahmed Chalabi, who is accused of leaking U.S. secrets to Iran, say data provided by his Iraqi National Congress network identified current leaders of the Iraq insurgency and helped forestall attacks on U.S. troops.
Leader leaves behind mixed record at agency
June 4, 2004
Retiring CIA Director George J. Tenet had a mixed record of failure and success during his nine years at the agency, including the major intelligence failure surrounding the September 11 attacks and lapses in assessing Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
FBI probes charge of Chalabi leak to Iran
June 3, 2004
U.S. officials yesterday confirmed the FBI is investigating whether a government employee provided Iraqi political leader Ahmed Chalabi intelligence he is accused of giving Iran, but several said the prominent member of Iraq's now-dissolved Governing Council is the target of a disinformation campaign.
China war games seen as 'message'
June 2, 2004
China's military is preparing to hold large-scale war games intended as a "political message" to Taiwan, amid heightened tensions between the island and mainland, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
U.S. to abandon N. Korea project
May 28, 2004
The Bush administration plans to cancel an international project to build two light-water nuclear reactors for North Korea before the end of the year, State Department officials said.
Radar sale to China stopped
May 26, 2004
The Bush administration blocked the sale of an advanced radar system to China and might purchase at least one of the stealth aircraft-detecting systems to offset the loss, U.S. and European officials said.
Iraqi weapons pipeline probed
May 25, 2004
The Pentagon is investigating reports that Iraqi weapons are being sent covertly to Syria and that they are fueling anti-U.S. insurgents training there, The Washington Times has learned.
State confirms N. Korea light-water reactor talk
May 20, 2004
The State Department yesterday confirmed that North Korea discussed another deal with the United States for a nuclear reactor program during closed-door talks in Beijing last week, as three lawmakers urged the Bush administration not to resurrect a reactor deal with Pyongyang.
U.S. considers reactor deal with North Korea
May 19, 2004
The United States said it would consider again supplying North Korea with a light-water nuclear reactor as part of recent talks in Beijing, according to Bush administration officials.
Bomb in Iraq contained sarin agent, military says
May 18, 2004
A roadside bomb found in Baghdad contained a deadly nerve agent, the second time in 10 days, that U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction hidden since the fall of Saddam Hussein, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Zarqawi beheaded Berg, CIA finds
May 14, 2004
The CIA concluded yesterday that the hooded terrorist shown beheading an American civilian in a videotape is al Qaeda-linked terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi.
Iraq arms caches exceed 8,700; hunt continues
May 13, 2004
The U.S. military continues to find in Iraq large caches of the weapons that have supported attacks by insurgents on coalition forces, the Pentagon's top general said yesterday.
Rumsfeld backs military's handling of abuse scandal
May 12, 2004
A defiant Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday defended the military's handling of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison and denied a "culture of deception" exists.
Policies proscribe forms of torture
May 11, 2004
U.S. military guidelines and international conventions bar the types of treatment of prisoners depicted in recently released photographs; specifically, mental torture, such as mock executions and abnormal sleep deprivation.
Doctrine to restructure counterspy agencies
May 10, 2004
The Bush administration is preparing to restructure counterspy agencies to focus more on offensive operations and better interagency communication, a senior intelligence official says.
Iraqi probed in rigging of cell-phone pacts
May 9, 2004
An international financier with ties to Saddam Hussein's regime and the United Nations' oil-for-food program helped Middle Eastern and European cell-phone companies edge out American firms for lucrative Iraqi contracts, The Washington Times has learned.
Most prisoners in Iraq jails called 'threat to security'
May 6, 2004
Nearly all 8,080 prisoners being held by U.S. authorities in Iraq are considered security threats: insurgents linked to attacks on coalition forces, and terrorists and former officials of Saddam Hussein's regime suspected of having useful intelligence, military officials say.
Full Iraq deployment to stay through 2005
May 5, 2004
The Pentagon announced yesterday it will maintain its expanded force of 138,000 troops in Iraq at least through 2005, based on a request from Gen. John Abizaid, commander of forces in the region.
No more troops needed in Iraq, says Gen. Abizaid
May 1, 2004
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday the fighting in the country has been the toughest in months, but added that no more troops are needed unless fighting there intensifies.
Peacekeeping force planned for Africa
April 30, 2004
The Pentagon and State Department are planning to set up a 75,000-member international peacekeeping force for Africa, senior Bush administration officials told Congress yesterday.
Madrid suspect not linked to 9/11
April 29, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies have not been able to link an Islamist extremist wanted in the Madrid train bombings to the September 11 attacks, as an indictment released yesterday in Spain charges.
Probe notes lapses in chemical arms disclosures
April 27, 2004
Russia, China and Iran have failed to fully disclose details of their chemical weapons programs and arsenals that are to be destroyed under a 1997 treaty, raising proliferation risks, according to a congressional report.
Chinese diplomats rush past lab guards
April 26, 2004
Two Chinese diplomats, away from their Los Angeles consulate improperly, recently sped their vehicle past a Los Alamos National Laboratory guard post near classified facilities in what U.S. officials think was an intelligence mission, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. to continue sale of defensive arms to Taiwan
April 22, 2004
The United States will continue to sell defensive arms to Taiwan under the provisions of a 1979 law, but the island nation's government should not move toward formal independence, a senior State Department official told Congress yesterday.
Troops for Iraq to cost $700 million
April 22, 2004
Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, yesterday told a House committee initial estimates for keeping additional troops in Iraq through July for security reasons will cost about $700 million.
Allies expected to stay on 'sidelines'
April 21, 2004
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz yesterday told a Senate committee that he doesn't expect more allies to put troops on the ground in Iraq as long as fighting continues, even if the United Nations is given a greater role.
Cheney praises troops in S. Korea
April 17, 2004
SEOUL — U.S. and allied forces deployed in South Korea are on the front line of freedom and democracy, Vice President Dick Cheney told U.S. troops here yesterday.
Cheney chides China on reforms
April 16, 2004
SEOUL — Vice President Dick Cheney called on China to match its economic changes with political reform, and he warned yesterday that the failure to resolve the North Korea crisis could trigger a nuclear arms race in Asia.
Cheney stands firm on U.S. weapons for Taiwan
April 14, 2004
SHANGHAI — Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday told Chinese leaders that the United States is committed to its arms sales to Taiwan, and prodded China to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
Cheney to press Koizumi on Iraq course
April 12, 2004
TOKYO — Vice President Dick Cheney will
hold talks today with Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi amid mounting
public pressure here over the kidnapping
of three Japanese nationals in Iraq.
Cheney to urge staying course
April 10, 2004
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday the United States must stay the course in Iraq and fight to bring liberty to the Iraqi people.
Cheney set to leave for Asia
April 9, 2004
Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to leave today on a seven-day trip to Asia, where he will discuss North Korea, Taiwan and trade with Chinese leaders.
Regime remnants' hit Marines, says JCS general
April 8, 2004
A group of about 70 Iraqis who attacked a Marine Corps unit in Ramadi were trained military fighters who disappeared after the battle, defense officials said yesterday.
U.S. official resigns over differences on Taiwan
April 8, 2004
The head of the unofficial U.S. government office in charge of ties with Taiwan resigned yesterday amid reports that the Chinese government opposed her pro-Taiwan views.
Beijing seeks ouster of envoy
April 7, 2004
The State Department is planning to replace the head of the unofficial U.S. government office in charge of Taiwan after receiving complaints from Beijing, The Washington Times has learned.
Pakistan government cleared in selling of nuclear material
March 31, 2004
A Pakistani network that covertly sold nuclear goods used government aircraft but the Islamabad government was not involved in the transactions, a senior State Department official told Congress yesterday.
Reprisal fears silence arms chiefs
March 31, 2004
Former Iraqi officials are reluctant to provide information about Saddam Hussein's arms programs because they fear retribution from terrorists loyal to the former regime, the CIA's top weapons inspector told Congress yesterday.
Bush critic cites terror failures
March 25, 2004
A former White House counterterrorism official apologized yesterday for government failures in the September 11 terrorist attacks, but his credibility was challenged during a public hearing.
Report cites bin Laden's escapes
March 24, 2004
Faulty and incomplete intelligence prevented three military attacks against al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 1998 and 1999, according to a commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Saddam gone, but insurgents undermine success
March 19, 2004
A year after U.S. military forces invaded Iraq, the regime of Saddam Hussein has been ousted, but a bloody counterinsurgency persists, fueled by terrorists and former regime loyalists.
China flexes missile muscle on eve of Taiwan vote
March 18, 2004
China carried out at least five missile tests since January as part of a major buildup of missile forces before a vote in Taiwan on the mainland missile threat, U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.
Beijing quiet ahead of election
March 16, 2004
China's military is not using war games to threaten Taiwan before the island's elections, though Bush administration officials said yesterday that Beijing clearly supports the opposition party.
Ex-Hill aide charged in spying for Iraq
March 12, 2004
A former congressional aide for several Democratic lawmakers was arrested yesterday as a spy and agent of influence for Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Tenet warns of al Qaeda's 'spectacular attacks' plans
March 10, 2004
CIA Director George J. Tenet warned Congress yesterday that the threat of al Qaeda terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction is growing and the group continues planning "spectacular attacks" against the United States and its allies.
Senate panel set to hear CIA chief
March 4, 2004
CIA Director George J. Tenet is expected to defend the record of U.S. intelligence agencies on Iraq's weapons program and ties to terrorists today during a closed-door hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Abizaid blames hits on al Qaeda
March 4, 2004
The general in charge of U.S. forces in the Middle East said yesterday that al Qaeda terrorists have linked up with Saddam Hussein's former intelligence operatives in conducting sophisticated and deadly terrorist attacks.
FBI lab probes initials of pilot
March 3, 2004
An FBI laboratory is investigating evidence obtained in Iraq regarding missing Navy pilot Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, U.S. officials say.
U.S. to send 'small' operation to Haiti
March 2, 2004
The Pentagon will dispatch up to 2,000 Marines to Haiti to restore order in the country before an international peacekeeping force takes over.
Taiwan shoring up defenses with U.S. assistance
February 29, 2004
Taiwan and the United States have made "remarkable progress" in bolstering Taipei's defenses in the face of a growing military threat from China, according to a former Pentagon specialist on China.
Change of climate a security factor
February 27, 2004
Abrupt global climate changes will lead to wars over food, water and oil and leave the earth in a new ice age with raging seas, storms and wind, according to a Pentagon-commissioned study.
Al Qaeda plans 'revisit' to White House, Capitol
February 25, 2004
The al Qaeda terrorist group still is planning to attack the White House and Congress — targets the group missed on September 11 — and a growing extremist Muslim movement is threatening the United States, the directors of the FBI and CIA told Congress yesterday.
Pentagon axes development of Comanche helicopter
February 24, 2004
The Pentagon announced yesterday that it is canceling the Army's program to build a new helicopter after spending about $7 billion in development costs.
Former Polish spy dies at 73
February 12, 2004
A former Polish military officer who supplied the CIA with crucial intelligence in the last years of the Cold War has died.
Intelligence has flaws, officials say
February 11, 2004
U.S. intelligence agencies have a mixed record in supplying data to policy-makers and in the past have missed important events, senior defense and military leaders said yesterday.
U.S. weighs selling sea-based defenses to Taiwan
February 8, 2004
China's military buildup opposite Taiwan is destabilizing the region, and in response, the United States is considering selling sea-based missile defenses to the island nation, Pentagon and State Department officials say.
Tenet supports CIA data, search for Iraqi weapons
February 6, 2004
CIA Director George J. Tenet yesterday acknowledged intelligence shortcomings in the run-up to the Iraq war but said teams searching for Saddam Hussein's banned weapons of mass destruction need more time.
Boeing sale to China skirts ban on technology transfer
February 5, 2004
China has obtained military navigation technology from Boeing used on advanced U.S. missiles and warplanes that was improperly approved by the State Department, according to U.S. government officials.
Tenet's tenure in question
February 3, 2004
Accusations that U.S. intelligence agencies were wrong about Iraq's illegal weapons programs are fueling speculation that CIA Director George J. Tenet will step down in coming months.
Lack of data got intelligence on Iraq 'all wrong'
January 29, 2004
Weak human intelligence-gathering capability and limited data prevented U.S. intelligence analysts from figuring out that Iraq did not have large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, the CIA's former chief arms inspector told Congress yesterday.
North Korean refugees get harsh treatment on return
January 27, 2004
An increasing number of North Korean refugees are fleeing to China, where they are detained and sent back to face harsh treatment in their home country, according to a human rights activist from the region.
U.S., Iraqis capture al Qaeda 'facilitator'
January 24, 2004
U.S. and Iraqi security officials have captured a senior al Qaeda operations leader in Iraq, who intelligence officials believe was planning for attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, The Washington Times has learned.
'Eroded' al Qaeda still a threat
January 16, 2004
Al Qaeda's capability to conduct major attacks has "eroded significantly" as a result of the war on terrorism, but the terrorist group has not been destroyed, according to U.S. intelligence officials and security specialists.
South Korea receives advanced Patriots
November 20, 2003
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — You can tell which way is north here by the way the Patriot missiles are pointed.
Rumsfeld supports reunified Korea
November 19, 2003
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday he is optimistic that North and South Korea will be reunified.
Nukes option by U.S. in Korea
November 18, 2003
SEOUL — The United States is committed to defending South Korea from an attack by the North and would use nuclear forces if needed, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the government here yesterday.
U.S. commander fears N. Korea would sell nukes
November 18, 2003
SEOUL — North Korea poses a regional danger because the communist regime is likely to sell its nuclear arms and expertise to rogue states or terrorists, the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said yesterday.
Rumsfeld defends use of sonar to Okinawans
November 17, 2003
SEOUL — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday defended the Navy's use of sonar in the Pacific and told the governor of Okinawa, Japan, that scientific studies have shown it poses little danger to the environment.
U.S. reassures Japan on N. Korean pact
November 16, 2003
TOKYO — The United States will not conclude an agreement with North Korea on its nuclear-arms program without verification, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.
Rumsfeld meets Japanese premier
November 15, 2003
TOKYO — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met yesterday with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi one day after the government here announced it will delay sending troops to Iraq.
Rumsfeld will restructure U.S. military forces in Asia
November 14, 2003
TUMON, Guam — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday he is planning a major restructuring of U.S. forces in Asia and elsewhere to meet changing threats.
Kim wants to rule all Korea, defector warns
November 4, 2003
The lifelong ambition of Kim Jong-il is to become dictator over a unified, communist Korea, a former top North Korean official said yesterday.
U.S. lacks direction, cohesion in war of ideas
October 30, 2003
The Bush administration's effort to wage a war of ideas against terrorism is hampered by divisions among agencies and by a lack of focus on winning Muslim support.
Rumsfeld confers at Pentagon with his Chinese counterpart
October 29, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met yesterday with China's defense minister for the first high-level military exchange since the U.S.-China crisis involving a midair collision in April 2001.
Spy chief says Iraq moved weapons
October 29, 2003
Iraqi military officers destroyed or hid chemical, biological and nuclear weapons goods in the weeks before the war, the nation's top satellite spy director said yesterday.
Rumsfeld pushes 'new sense of urgency'
October 24, 2003
The United States needs to communicate its messages more effectively and a new agency would help fight a "war of ideas" against international terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday in an interview with The Washington Times.
Defense inspector backs giving medal
October 23, 2003
The Pentagon inspector general has asked the Navy to consider awarding a medal to an intelligence officer whose eyes were damaged by a laser fired from a Russian ship in 1997, injuries an earlier Navy probe said could not be linked definitively to the incident.
CIA declined intelligence, former official says
October 22, 2003
The CIA and the Iraq Survey Group failed to pursue information that Iraq smuggled uranium to Iran five years ago, according to a former State Department official.
Rumsfeld backs inside probe of general's speech
October 22, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he welcomes an internal investigation of a three-star general who spoke of the war on terrorism in religious terms.
N. Korea retests 100-mile-range cruise missile
October 22, 2003
North Korea yesterday conducted the third test flight of a new cruise missile hours after President Bush offered the communist state a concession aimed at resolving the nuclear-arms standoff.
Al Qaeda pursued a 'dirty bomb'
October 17, 2003
A key al Qaeda terrorism suspect was in Canada looking for nuclear material for a "dirty bomb," The Washington Times has learned.
Chinese war games to face Taiwan again
October 13, 2003
China is set to hold large-scale military exercises aimed at stepping up pressure on Taiwan's government, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Iraq paid N. Korea to deliver missiles
October 2, 2003
Saddam Hussein's government paid North Korea $10 million for medium-range Nodong missile technology in the months before the Iraq war, but never received any goods because of U.S. pressure, the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq said yesterday.
CIA pursues video game
September 29, 2003
The CIA is set to spend several million dollars to develop a video game aimed at helping its analysts think like terrorists, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. tags China with stiff penalties
September 19, 2003
The State Department has imposed economic sanctions on China for its sales of missile technology, State Department officials said yesterday.
U.S. sanctions Moscow-owned firm for Iran sales
September 16, 2003
The State Department has imposed economic sanctions on a Russian government-owned company for selling advanced weapons to Iran, a country designated as a state sponsor of international terrorism.
China blamed in '01 air collision
September 13, 2003
A Navy report says a Chinese F-8 jet pilot was to blame for the midair collision over the South China Sea that nearly killed the crew of a U.S.
Voice on tape deemed al-Zawahri
September 12, 2003
The CIA has concluded that a recent audiotape of al Qaeda leaders contains the voice of No. 2 official Ayman al-Zawahri, but the voice of Osama bin Laden may be taken from an old recording.
French firm probed in move of pumps to Iran
September 5, 2003
U.S. export-control officials are investigating a French company suspected of illegally supplying Iran with four specialty pumps made in the United States that can be used in both commercial and military equipment, The Washington Times has learned.
Pollard attorneys seek access to secret report used in spy sentencing
September 3, 2003
Jonathan Jay Pollard, convicted of spying for Israel, appeared in federal court yesterday for the first time in 16 years as his attorneys sought access to a secret report used in a judge's decision to give him a life prison term.
Islamists to honor 9/11 hijackers
August 30, 2003
The British-based Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun is holding a conference on the second anniversary of September 11 to honor the 19 terrorists who hijacked the commercial jets used in attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Coalition forces in Iraq capture 'Chemical Ali'
August 22, 2003
Coalition military forces in Iraq captured a senior aide to Saddam Hussein yesterday as the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq said terrorism poses the "No. 1 threat" to U.S. forces there.
Covert-action curbs fought by Pentagon
Aug. 14, 2003
The Pentagon is working to block Congress from adopting restrictions that would make it more difficult to deploy Special Operations Forces on clandestine missions, a spokesman said yesterday.
SEALs scout out Liberian seaport
Aug. 14, 2003
A team of U.S. Navy SEAL commandos began searching waters around Liberia's main seaport yesterday in preparation for the brief deployment of 200 Marines.
Congress to restrict use of Special Ops
August 13, 2003
Congress is set to impose new restrictions on the use of Special Operations Forces that for the first time will require a presidential order before deploying commandos in routine but hidden activities.
Briton held in scheme to sell missile
August 13, 2003
A British national was arrested yesterday in an international antiterrorism sting operation against a scheme to smuggle Russian-made surface-to-air missiles into the United States that could shoot down a commercial jetliner, federal authorities said.
Chinese students suspects in espionage
August 5, 2003
Two Chinese students studying in the United States supplied China's military with American defense technology that allowed Beijing to produce a special metal used in sensors and weapons, according to a Pentagon report.
Taped message believed from bin Laden deputy
August 5, 2003
U.S. intelligence has determined that a tape-recorded message from an al Qaeda terrorist probably contains the voice of the group's No. 2 leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
Chinese missiles called destabilizing
August 1, 2003
The White House yesterday said China's buildup of missiles opposite Taiwan is destabilizing the region.
Pentagon says China refitting missiles to hit Okinawa
July 31, 2003
China is modifying short-range mobile missiles to target U.S. forces in Okinawa and is sharply increasing the number of missiles aimed at Taiwan, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military power.
September 11 report alludes to Iraq-al Qaeda meeting
July 30, 2003
The 850-page congressional report on September 11 intelligence failures says that a key terrorist organizer may have met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the months before the attack.
Swiss delay of military parts sparks 'buy American' push
A Swiss company's refusal to provide critical parts for the Pentagon's flagship Joint Direct Attack Munition during the Iraq war shows the need for "buy American" laws, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said yesterday.
Al Qaeda terrorists being held by Iran
July 24, 2003
Iran said yesterday it is holding senior al Qaeda terrorists, and the White House told Tehran to turn them over to the United States.
Saddam's sons dead
July 23, 2003
U.S. military forces attacked a villa in northern Iraq yesterday and killed Saddam Hussein's two sons, both former regime leaders, in a fierce gunbattle.
2nd N. Korean nuclear site not likely
July 22, 2003
Radioactive gas detected recently over North Korea by U.S. intelligence agencies is likely to have originated from the Yongbyon reprocessing plant and not from a separate, secret nuclear site, The Washington Times has learned.
FBI probing forged papers on Niger uranium
July 19, 2003
The FBI is investigating the origin of forged documents indicating that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger, and one candidate for the forgeries is an Iraqi opposition group, U.S. officials said.
N. Korea nukes still 'serious' issue to U.S.
July 16, 2003
North Korea's nuclear activities, including its repeated claims to be reprocessing stored nuclear-fuel rods, remain a "serious problem" for the United States, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
CIA chief intends to stay on job
July 15, 2003
CIA Director George J. Tenet has no plans to step down as agency chief despite calls by critics for his ouster due to a string of intelligence lapses, U.S. officials said yesterday.
CIA shifts on North Korean nukes
July 4, 2003
The CIA has revised an earlier intelligence estimate and now believes North Korea has begun reprocessing spent nuclear-fuel rods into plutonium for weapons, U.S. officials said.
U.S. sets sanctions for Iran arms sales
July 4, 2003
The Bush administration announced yesterday it has imposed economic sanctions on Chinese and North Korean companies for selling chemical-, biological- and nuclear-arms material and missile goods to Iran.
Foreign troops 'gear up' to enter Iraq
July 1, 2003
Two divisions of international troops will begin moving into Iraq by the end of this month to help relieve the nearly 150,000 American troops now working to stabilize the country, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Musharraf seeks Predators and 60 long-delayed F-16s
June 27, 2003
Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf yesterday said he hopes the United States will sell his country sophisticated military hardware for its defense needs, including F-16 jets and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles, but if the request is denied he will seek weapons from other countries.
CIA finds papers, parts in Iraq for enriching uranium
June 26, 2003
The CIA has uncovered components of a gas centrifuge used to enrich weapons-grade uranium, and a stack of nuclear arms documents in the back yard of an Iraqi scientist, an indication Baghdad was hiding its arms program for future use, a U.S. intelligence official said yesterday.
Abizaid sure Iraq arms will be found
June 26, 2003
The incoming commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday that he expects stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and an illicit program to build nuclear arms to be uncovered in Iraq.
U.S. maintains search for missing 1991 aviator
June 25, 2003
A special U.S. intelligence team in Iraq has searched a half-dozen graves and more than 40 locations in Iraq but has not found missing naval aviator Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, defense officials say.
Failed missile-defense test probed
June 20, 2003
Preliminary data from a sea-based missile-defense test show that the failure of a solid-fuel guidance system caused a Navy interceptor missile to miss a target missile, Pentagon officials said.
Air Force decides against courts-martial for two pilots
June 20, 2003
Two U.S. Air Force pilots involved in a friendly fire bombing incident in Afghanistan will not be court-martialed in the accidental deaths of four Canadian troops.
Lack of spies in Baghdad spurs CIA to bolster ranks
June 18, 2003
The CIA lacked spies on the ground in Iraq who could detail Baghdad's weapons programs and is working to build up its ranks after years of neglect, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials.
Iraqi group aided CIA intelligence
June 12, 2003
The head of the Iraqi National Congress, a group of exiles that opposed Saddam Hussein, said yesterday that his organization helped three Iraqi defectors provide intelligence to the CIA on Iraq's weapons programs.
Army chief pick shows Rumsfeld's new focus
June 11, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has picked a retired Special Forces general as his choice for the next Army chief of staff, defense officials said yesterday.
U.S. says Iran harbors al Qaeda 'associate'
June 10, 2003
A top al Qaeda associate in Iraq has fled to neighboring Iran, where he and several senior al Qaeda leaders apparently remain under the protection of the Iranian government, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Pentagon to shift troops in S. Korea
June 6, 2003
The U.S. military will move thousands of troops from bases near the border with North Korea to areas farther south, the Pentagon announced yesterday.
Al Qaeda seen as not driven by ideology
June 5, 2003
A two-person Pentagon intelligence team conducted an analysis that found al Qaeda terrorists are not bound by ideology and will cooperate with state sponsors of terrorism.
CIA chief defends agency job in Iraq
June 5, 2003
CIA Director George J. Tenet said U.S. intelligence on Iraq's weapons program was produced honestly and dismissed critics who charge that estimates of Baghdad's arms programs were exaggerated to justify the war.
CIA says al Qaeda ready to use nukes
June 3, 2003
Al Qaeda terrorists and related groups are set to use chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in deadly strikes, according to a new CIA report.
Bush case on defense plan cites N. Korea
May 27, 2003
President Bush specifically names North Korea as a key threat in an unpublished order on missile defense and says such a system is needed as a hedge against military surprises and intelligence failures.
Intelligence team finds French passports in Iraq
May 24, 2003
A U.S. military intelligence team in Iraq has uncovered a dozen French passports, and defense officials believe other French passports from the same batch were used by Iraqis to flee the country.
Chinese firm hit with U.S. sanctions
May 23, 2003
The Bush administration has imposed stiff economic sanctions on one of China's largest state-run manufacturers for selling missile-related goods to Iran.
Fighters deployed over D.C.
May 22, 2003
The U.S. military deployed air-defense missiles and fighter jets in Washington for an exercise amid heightened threats of terrorism, as al Qaeda's No. 2 official purportedly issued a message yesterday urging Muslims to kill Americans and Israelis and warning of attacks.
U.S. probes passports as France protests 'lies'
May 17, 2003
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating whether the French government provided passports to members of Saddam Hussein's regime fleeing Iraq as French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin demanded yesterday that "lies" published in the U.S. and British press stop.
U.S. urges travelers to drop Kenya plans
May 16, 2003
Information about al Qaeda plans for attacks in Africa, including the use of shoulder-fired missiles against aircraft, prompted Britain to suspend commercial flights to Kenya yesterday, and the U.S. government warned Americans to avoid travel to the region.
Warning of attacks by al Qaeda preceded bombings
May 14, 2003
U.S. intelligence agencies believe the deadly car bombings in Saudi Arabia on Monday night were the work of al Qaeda and said the attacks occurred just days after an e-mail warned of an "inevitable" strike against Americans.
N. Korea fired laser at troops
May 13, 2003
North Korea's military fired a laser in March at two U.S. Army helicopters patrolling the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in what U.S. officials call a provocative action, The Washington Times has learned.
Rumsfeld expects to find French aided Iraqis
May 10, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he expects to find out about French support for Saddam Hussein's government from information recovered by coalition forces now working in Iraq.
Probe of French passports sought
May 9, 2003
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday urged the Bush administration to investigate accusations that France provided passports to fleeing Iraqi officials.
U.S. sees proof of biolab
May 8, 2003
The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that a tractor-trailer found in northern Iraq is a mobile biological laboratory that could be used to make deadly germ weapons.
North Korea may export nukes
May 7, 2003
North Korea threatened during recent talks in Beijing to export nuclear arms or add to its arsenal, in addition to saying it will test an atomic bomb, The Washington Times has learned.
Search for Iraqis focuses on Europe
May 7, 2003
U.S. intelligence agencies are intensifying the search in Europe for officials of Saddam Hussein's government who fled Iraq with the help of French passports, U.S. officials said yesterday.
France helped Iraqis escape
May 6, 2003
The French government secretly supplied fleeing Iraqi officials with passports in Syria that allowed them to escape to Europe, The Washington Times has learned.
Mobile lab might be for Iraqi arms
May 3, 2003
U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating a mobile laboratory discovered recently in northern Iraq that appears to be a transportable biological or chemical weapons facility, defense officials said.
'Shaming effect' on Arab world
April 29, 2003
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of President Bush's Iraq policy, said yesterday that the ouster of Saddam Hussein has had a "shaming effect" on the Arab and Muslim world where other tyrannical rulers exist.
Iranians move in to shape Iraq
April 26, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that Iran has dispatched "organized elements" to Iraq in a bid to influence the creation of an Islamist system.
Progress reported in search for Speicher
April 25, 2003
CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency officials said they are making progress in finding a missing Navy pilot and have dismissed months of faulty intelligence reports.
N. Korea to process fuel rods
April 24, 2003
North Korea opened a meeting with U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing yesterday with a tough reiteration of its plans to reprocess spent nuclear fuel rods now in storage.
Coalition forces uncover Iraqi torture chambers, graves
April 23, 2003
Coalition forces have discovered numerous torture chambers used by Saddam Hussein's secret police and political operatives to silence opponents, as well as mass graves where executed dissidents were buried.
Army bid to locate pilot turns up empty
April 22, 2003
A U.S. military search team in Iraq has checked three sites in the country for signs of a Navy pilot missing from the 1991 Persian Gulf war but has found nothing, defense officials said yesterday.
Rumsfeld denies plan for permanent U.S. bases in Iraq
April 22, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday the military has no plans to set up long-term bases in Iraq for U.S. forces.
2nd Saddam brother captured
April 18, 2003
U.S. Special Forces and Marines yesterday captured another of Saddam Hussein's half brothers, a former head of Iraqi intelligence, as teams of coalition forces focused on finding chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Syria pledges to help U.S. in rebuilding of Iraq
April 17, 2003
Syria yesterday pledged to cooperate with the United States in the rebuilding of Iraq and denied U.S. accusations that it had harbored an Iraqi intelligence officer linked to the 1993 plot to assassinate President Bush's father.
Terrorist Abu Abbas caught in Iraq
April 16, 2003
U.S. Special Forces in Baghdad have captured long-sought Middle East terrorist Abu Abbas, known for organizing the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in which elderly American passenger Leon Klinghoffer was murdered.
Iraqi oil pipeline to Syria closed
April 16, 2003
The U.S. military has shut down an illegal oil pipeline between Iraq and Syria, as allied military operations against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces continued to wind down with sporadic fighting yesterday.
Guerrilla fighters seen as threat to allied forces
April 15, 2003
Conventional military conflict in Iraq is nearly over, but thousands of foreign fighters and supporters of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein remain in the country and pose a danger to U.S. and allied forces, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Army probes buried trailers
April 15, 2003
U.S. Army forces have discovered 11 large containers with equipment inside that appear to be elements of Iraq's covert mobile chemical and biological weapons program.
Coalition turns to Tikrit
April 13, 2003
Coalition forces prepared to mount an all-out assault on the northern Iraq city of Tikrit — the last stronghold of Saddam Hussein's regime — as a senior Iraqi arms official surrendered to U.S. forces yesterday.
A thousand sites to be inspected for WMD
April 12, 2003
U.S. military specialists in Iraq have inspected about 12 possible chemical, biological and nuclear weapons sites in Iraq and have a list of 1,000 sites to be checked in the coming days now that organized Iraqi military resistance has collapsed.
Saddam's 'regime has ended'
April 12, 2003
The White House yesterday declared that Saddam Hussein's regime is finished in Iraq on the war's 24th day, as U.S. intelligence agencies are picking up reports that Saddam is dead.
CIA report lists Iraqi violations of U.N.-banned arms
April 11, 2003
President Saddam Hussein's Iraq had expanded work on long-range missiles banned under United Nations sanctions and continued last year to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the CIA stated in a report made public yesterday.
Jail yields clues in search for POWs
April 11, 2003
Iraq's notorious Rasheed military prison in eastern Baghdad has produced new leads in the search for U.S. and other prisoners of war from the current conflict and the 1991 Persian Gulf war, defense officials said.
Allies take key northern city
April 11, 2003
The U.S.-led coalition yesterday captured its first major northern Iraqi city and encircled another, setting the stage to attack Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in what promises to be the war's last major battle.
Allies shift strength to Saddam's home
April 10, 2003
With Baghdad overrun, U.S. military forces are now aiming at the northern city of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's ancestral home and the last stronghold of his regime.
April 10, 2003
Baghdad fell yesterday and Iraqis cheered in the streets after American infantrymen seized deserted Ba'ath Party ministries and pulled down a huge iron statue of Saddam Hussein, ending his autocratic 24-year rule of Iraq.
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U.S. fears attacks from Muslims in armed forces
April 9, 2003
U.S. intelligence and security officials fear attacks by Muslim U.S. soldiers opposed to the war in Iraq in the wake of a fatal grenade attack in Kuwait blamed on a Muslim soldier in the Army.
U.S. probes for Iraqi chemicals
April 9, 2003
U.S. military specialists are continuing to investigate chemicals and artillery shells found in Iraq to determine if they are part of President Saddam Hussein's arsenal of deadly nerve gas.
Strike targets Saddam at restaurant
April 8, 2003
The U.S.-led coalition bombed a Baghdad commercial block yesterday after receiving a tip that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was there, while across town the U.S. Army parked its tanks on the Tigris River in the front yard of one of the dictator's largest palaces.
Terrorists said to seek entry to U.S. via Mexico
April 7, 2003
A group of al Qaeda terrorists is attempting to infiltrate the United States from Mexico to conduct attacks in the country, The Washington Times has learned.
Air Force general says attacks will go until surrender
April 6, 2003
Precision bombing of Iraq's Republican Guard will continue until Iraqi forces surrender or are killed, the general in charge of the air attacks in the war said yesterday.
Allies blast path through Baghdad
April 6, 2003
U.S. forces bombed the Basra residence of an Iraqi commander yesterday, believing he was inside, as coalition tanks moved into central Baghdad in a show of force marking a new phase in the war in Iraq.
Coalition still wary of chemical weapons
April 5, 2003
The potential for Iraq to use chemical or biological weapons on coalition forces on the outskirts of downtown Baghdad remains high, despite several tactics used by U.S. forces to incapacitate the threat, U.S. military officials said yesterday.
Iraq levels new threat
April 5, 2003
U.S. Marines declared they had destroyed a third Iraqi Republican Guard division yesterday, and the Saddam Hussein regime threatened to use unconventional warfare to prevent its extinction.
Military answers critics with success
April 4, 2003
The rapid advance of U.S. military forces to within a few miles of Baghdad after two weeks of fighting has undermined critics of the military battle plan, according to several former top commanders.
U.S. seizes Saddam Airport
April 4, 2003
The U.S. Army seized control of Saddam International Airport in the shadow of Baghdad last night, the first military tactic in a plan to encircle the city and squeeze Saddam Hussein's regime into submission.
Military begins effort to identify 11 bodies
April 3, 2003
Military forensics officials are working to identify the remains of 11 persons found at an Iraqi hospital used by Iraqi guerrillas, as a wounded Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was rescued Tuesday night, was moved to Germany.
Forces clear path to Baghdad
April 3, 2003
U.S. Army and Marine Corps ground forces smashed two of President Saddam Hussein's prized Republican Guard divisions and then moved relentlessly yesterday to attack other units to clear a direct invasion path to Baghdad.
U.S. demands unconditional surrender
April 2, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday demanded the "unconditional surrender" of Saddam Hussein as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called criticism of the U.S. war plan in Iraq "bogus."
Army clashes with elite forces
April 1, 2003
The first ground clashes between the Army and Republican Guard units erupted south of Baghdad yesterday as the Pentagon said relentless air strikes are methodically dismembering the Republican Guard, Saddam Hussein's best land force.
Suicide bomber kills GIs
March 30, 2003
An Iraqi suicide bomber detonated a car bomb yesterday that killed four U.S. soldiers in Najaf as allied warplanes pounded Baghdad with precision aerial bombings. Explosions rocked the Iraqi capital, and smoke was seen rising from several parts of the city.
Rumsfeld warns Syria, Iran
March 29, 2003
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday told Syria and Iran that providing military supplies to Iraq or interfering with allied operations will be viewed as "hostile acts."
Airborne forces work to secure the north
March 28, 2003
U.S. forces are flowing into northern Iraq in preparation for what the Pentagon calls its "northern option" to oust Saddam Hussein's government.
Drowned Marines in full gear
March 27, 2003
Two Marines drowned in southern Iraq after attempting to cross a canal without a safety line while wearing heavy gear and rifles, The Washington Times has learned.
Paramilitary forces hit army
March 27, 2003
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein yesterday threw waves of marauding paramilitary forces from Baghdad against the Army's mechanized 5th Corps, while Iraqi tanks dashed from the besieged southern city of Basra, only to be pounded by waves of air strikes.
Fedayeen Saddam 'essentially terrorists'
March 26, 2003
Up to 30,000 members of Iraq's black-hooded Fedayeen Saddam militia are using terrorist tactics to fight coalition forces in southern Iraq, are threatening the local population, and, intelligence reports indicate, plan to don U.S. military uniforms.
British ready to seize Basra
March 26, 2003
British armored troops were poised last night to enter Basra to seize Iraq's second-largest city, as the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry unit felt its way north in blinding sandstorms and beat back a surprise attack by grenade-firing Iraqis.
Bush presses Putin to stop arms sales
March 25, 2003
President Bush yesterday called on Russia's government to investigate and halt arms shipments to Iraq from Russian companies.
Army hits Republican Guard
March 25, 2003
U.S. Army units attacked the Iraqi Republican Guard for the first time yesterday south of Baghdad, while enemy paramilitary units doggedly refused to let go of the strategic port city of Umm Qasr.
Troops advance on Baghdad
March 23, 2003
Missiles and guided bombs continued to slam into Baghdad targets yesterday as hundreds of tanks with thousands of U.S. troops marched north, coming within 100 miles of the Iraqi capital.
Flexibility, precision key to new war
March 23, 2003
Military officials disclosed key elements of the Pentagon's 21st-century warfare strategy: flexible plans and strikes combined with attacks to produce specific effects.
Team to search for pilot lost since first Gulf war
March 22, 2003
Defense and intelligence agencies have formed a special unit that will go into Iraq to search for Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, a missing U.S. Navy pilot believed to have been held captive in Iraq since 1991.
U.S. remains uncertain of Saddam's status
March 22, 2003
U.S. intelligence analysts are still divided over whether Saddam Hussein is dead or alive two days after a bomb and missile attack on an Iraqi leadership bunker.
'Shock and awe' begins
March 22, 2003
The United States and Britain unleashed a mighty bombardment yesterday on regime targets in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities as "the coalition of the willing" began the ballyhooed "shock and awe" phase of a war designed to bring down Saddam Hussein.
U.S. says Saddam likely rattled
March 21, 2003
The U.S. missile and bomb attack yesterday on a leadership compound in Baghdad has shaken Saddam Hussein, and there were intelligence reports suggesting that Saddam himself might have been hit.
Allied forces march into Iraq
March 21, 2003
U.S. and British forces drove north from Kuwait into Iraq yesterday, and new intelligence reports confirm that Saddam Hussein was in a building struck by two precision bombs on the war's opening day.
Nation's biggest nuclear power plant a terrorist target
Terrorists have targeted the United States' largest nuclear power plant near Phoenix, and security officials are looking for Iraqi government "sleeper cells" that might carry out the attack, The Washington Times has learned.
Pentagon's 'weapons of mass persuasion' hit Iraq army
March 19, 2003
With war in Iraq imminent, the Pentagon is stepping up efforts to convince that country's military commanders and soldiers not to fight.
Chinese sold Iraq 'dual-use' chemical
March 15, 2003
Despite French denials, U.S. intelligence and defense officials have confirmed that Iraq purchased from China a chemical used in making fuel for long-range missiles, with help from brokers in France and Syria.
North Korea prepares new test of missile
March 12, 2003
North Korea is preparing another missile test, which would break Pyongyang's moratorium on long-range ballistic missile flights, U.S. intelligence officials said.
Al Qaeda plans oil field attacks
March 11, 2003
Al Qaeda is seeking recruits in the Middle East for terrorist attacks on oil fields in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the event of U.S. military action against Iraq, U.S. intelligence officials say.
Probe sought of French parts sales
March 8, 2003
The U.S. government should investigate reports that France allowed Iraq to obtain military equipment in violation of U.N. sanctions, a senior Republican senator said yesterday.
Iraq strengthens air force with French parts
March 7, 2003
A French company has been selling spare parts to Iraq for its fighter jets and military helicopters during the past several months, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
U.S. plans to make short work of Iraq
March 5, 2003
The U.S. military is planning a devastating bombing and missile attack on Iraq that will force the capitulation of the Iraqi government in a short period of time, the Pentagon's top general said yesterday.
Bombers sent to Guam for North Korea threat
March 5, 2003
The Pentagon is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Guam in response to heightened tensions with North Korea as the State Department yesterday criticized North Korea's threatening aerial encounter on Sunday.
North Korean jets lock on U.S. aircraft
March 4, 2003
North Korean fighter jets threatened an unarmed U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the East Sea/Sea of Japan on Sunday, increasing tensions about Pyongyang's nuclear arms and missile programs.
Terrorists aim at Pearl Harbor
March 3, 2003
Terrorists linked to al Qaeda have targeted U.S. military facilities in Pearl Harbor, including nuclear-powered submarines and ships, The Washington Times has learned.
Bin Laden aide a mastermind of terror plots
March 2, 2003
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the highest-ranking al Qaeda leader captured so far in the war against international terrorism, U.S. officials said yesterday.
North Korea tested a cruise missile
February 27, 2003
North Korea flight-tested a new long-range cruise missile Monday, not a short-range, 1950s-era weapon as first reported, U.S. intelligence officials said yesterday.
Pyongyang restarts nuclear reactor
February 27, 2003
North Korea has restarted a nuclear reactor as part of its drive to resume building nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Saddam seen using proxy groups to attack the U.S.
February 25, 2003
A recent CIA analysis concluded Saddam Hussein is highly likely to use a "third party" terrorist group to conduct a proxy attack on the United States in advance of American military operations, according to U.S. officials.
Saddam shifts jets from Baghdad
February 21, 2003
The Iraqi military has begun moving aircraft from bases near Baghdad to western Iraq in an effort to protect the warplanes from U.S. and allied bombing campaigns, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Ship gets arms in and out
February 18, 2003
The North Korean ship that last year delivered Scud missiles to Yemen transferred a large shipment of chemical weapons material from Germany to North Korea recently, U.S. intelligence officials said.
Bin Laden son, al Qaeda terrorists spotted in Iran
February 15, 2003
U.S. intelligence agencies say Osama bin Laden's oldest son, Sad, is in Iran along with other senior al Qaeda terrorists, as Iranian military forces have been placed on their highest state of alert in anticipation of a U.S. attack on Iraq, according to intelligence officials.
Ridge cautions against panic
February 15, 2003
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge yesterday cautioned against panic over the government's decision to raise the national threat assessment to the second-highest level, saying preparing for a possible terrorist attack was proper but warning citizens not to "start sealing the doors and windows."
Anti-aircraft missiles deployed to bases, around D.C.
February 13, 2003
The Pentagon has deployed air defense missiles around Washington as the CIA warned yesterday that Osama bin Laden's latest audio message could presage a major attack.
FBI, CIA believe mass-casualty al Qaeda strike more likely
February 11, 2003
Al Qaeda's latest threat of terrorist attacks is focused on operations in three areas: the continental United States, the Persian Gulf region or Southeast Asia, according to intelligence officials.
Classified data make case
February 6, 2003
U.S. intelligence intercepts on Iraq's efforts to hide banned weapons from the United Nations were the highlight yesterday of new information made public to bolster the Bush administration's case for military action to disarm Saddam Hussein.
Powell will list Iraqi arms violations at U.N.
February 5, 2003
The Bush administration will disclose new information to the United Nations today on Iraq's mobile biological weapons facilities, as well as evidence linking Baghdad to the al Qaeda terrorist group, U.S. officials said.
Orbiting supercameras aid search for shuttle debris
February 5, 2003
U.S. spy satellites are taking high-resolution photographs to help locate debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia, Defense Department officials said yesterday.
Arrests of al Qaeda terrorists disrupt plans for attack
February 4, 2003
Al Qaeda is planning a mass-casualty attack to rival September 11, but preparations have been disrupted by arrests of terrorists during the past several months, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
CIA advertising campaign aims to attract Chinese-Americans
February 3, 2003
The CIA has started a new advertising campaign to recruit Chinese-Americans as spies and analysts, as part of an effort to improve its operations against China.
DIA fears Cuban mole aided Russia, China
February 1, 2003
A Cuban mole who operated at the highest levels of the Defense Intelligence Agency is likely to have helped Russia and China obtain pilfered intelligence secrets, according to a senior DIA official.
Envoy lauds U.S. 'policing' of al Qaeda
February 1, 2003
The U.S.-led war on terrorism has been effective so far in "policing" al Qaeda extremists, but is not doing enough to root out the causes of terrorism over the long term, Pakistan's foreign minister said yesterday.
China enacts law extending its control
January 27, 2003
China has enacted a new decree extending its control over a 200-mile economic zone from its coast that Bush administration officials say could lead to another clash with the United States over freedom of navigation.
CIA head says agency not at fault for 9/11 lapses
January 24, 2003
U.S. intelligence agencies failed to stop the September 11 terrorist attacks despite the best efforts of analysts and spies to uncover the al Qaeda plot, the head of the CIA's espionage branch said yesterday.
Top general questions loyalty of Iraqi troops
January 23, 2003
Saddam Hussein is trying to shore up the loyalty of his military forces amid signs that not all his troops will fight against a U.S.-led invasion, the nation's top military officer said yesterday.
N. Korea using China to obtain missile supplies
January 22, 2003
North Korean companies in China are funneling technology and goods for Pyongyang's missile program, highlighting Beijing's mixed approach to the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
Ex-Los Alamos scientist called spy for China
January 17, 2003
A former Energy Department intelligence chief charges in his new book that fired Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee provided sensitive weapons data to China during unreported meetings with nuclear-weapons scientists.
U.S. sees nothing alarming in N. Korea going on alert
January 16, 2003
North Korea's military has been alerted to prepare to increase its combat readiness, but U.S. intelligence officials said the notice does not indicate an increased danger of conflict.
Defense disputes racial imparity
January 14, 2003
The Pentagon yesterday disputed assertions by two congressmen who seek a reinstatement of the draft that blacks are assigned to disproportionate numbers of combat positions.
New reports say Iraq holding U.S. pilot
January 10, 2003
The Defense Department recently obtained additional intelligence stating that a missing Navy pilot is alive and being held by the Iraqi government, according to U.S. officials.
Two-layer defense for Baghdad
January 7, 2003
Iraqi military forces are setting up a two-layer defense ring around Baghdad in preparation for U.S. military action, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Israel asked to stop arms sales to China
January 3, 2003
The Bush administration has asked Israel to halt arms sales and technology transfers to China in a bid to reduce Beijing's growing military threat to Taiwan, U.S. officials said yesterday.
U.S. suspects Iraq hides scientists
December 31, 2002
Iraq is hiding at least two weapons scientists in Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces, U.S. intelligence officials have told The Washington Times.
Panel to probe China's nuclear-related sales
December 20, 2002
A congressionally mandated commission will investigate Beijing's sales of nuclear material to North Korea, as China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday that reports of the transfer are groundless.
Pentagon plans defense against Mideast missiles
December 19, 2002
The Pentagon is planning to build a second missile-defense interceptor system near the East Coast or in Europe to counter missile threats from the Middle East, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
Bush vows to build missile defenses
December 18, 2002
President Bush yesterday said the United States will build a defense system against ballistic missiles, citing the growing threat of catastrophic attack by terrorists and emerging nuclear-missile states.
Bush approves missile defense
December 17, 2002
President Bush has decided to begin deploying by 2004 a nationwide defense system against ballistic missiles, The Washington Times has learned.
China ships North Korea ingredient for nuclear arms
December 17, 2002
North Korea has purchased a large shipment of chemicals from China that can be used to make nuclear-weapons fuel, U.S. intelligence officials say.
N. Korea delivers semi-submersible gunships to Iran
December 16, 2002
North Korea sent 15 gunboats to Iran last week aboard an Iranian freighter that arrived about the same time that U.S. and Spanish warships temporarily seized a shipment of North Korean Scud missiles, The Washington Times has learned.
Kissinger abruptly quits panel on 9/11
December 14, 2002
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger resigned yesterday as chairman of a special commission set up to investigate intelligence and security failures related to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Al Qaeda leadership reported disrupted
December 13, 2002
U.S. military and intelligence forces have killed or captured a major portion of the al Qaeda leadership and several key successes were won in the past few months, according to CIA Director George J. Tenet.
U.N. team to shield Iraq's arms suppliers
December 12, 2002
U.N. arms inspectors will not disclose the identities of foreign suppliers to Iraq's weapons programs, but past arms transfers have been sent from a range of companies in Russia and in China, as well as in Europe and the United States.
North Korean ship seized
December 11, 2002
U.S. and allied warships have seized a North Korean ship in the Arabian Sea with a shipment of a dozen Scud missiles bound for Yemen.
Chinese general told threat against U.S. unacceptable
December 11, 2002
The White House told a visiting Chinese general yesterday that comments he made in 1995 suggesting China would use nuclear weapons against Los Angeles were unacceptable.
China's arms sales, stance on Taiwan chill talks with U.S.
December 10, 2002
Chinese military officials yesterday rebuffed questions about Beijing's arms sales to rogue states and refused to renounce the use of force to reunite Taiwan with the mainland, defense officials said yesterday.
N. Korea seeks aid from China on nukes
December 9, 2002
North Korea is trying to buy a chemical from China used in the production of nuclear-weapons fuel that U.S. intelligence officials say is a sign the communist government in Pyongyang is continuing to secretly develop nuclear arms, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. set to cite Iraq for breach
December 5, 2002
The Bush administration is set to declare Iraq in violation of the U.N. resolution requiring Baghdad to give up weapons of mass destruction, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. drops leaflets to warn off repairers
December 3, 2002
Iraq was warned yesterday not to rebuild portions of a fiber-optic communications network bombed by U.S. and allied warplanes on Sunday.
N. Korea ships fuel, missiles to Yemen
December 2, 2002
North Korea recently shipped missiles and fuel components to Yemen in a sign the Pyongyang government is continuing to act as the world's main missile supplier, The Washington Times has learned.
Airlines warned of missile threat
November 30, 2002
Federal security agencies have warned U.S. airlines and airports to be alert for attacks from portable anti-aircraft missiles after an Israeli airliner was fired at this week in Kenya.
Face of U.S. espionage changing
November 27, 2002
American spies are increasingly women and foreign-born citizens who succeed in passing secrets as volunteers, according to a Defense Department report on espionage.
Thanksgiving brings terror alert — but no credible threats
November 27, 2002
Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are on alert for terrorist attacks during the Thanksgiving holiday, but they have not received specific, credible threats, U.S. officials said yesterday.
North Korea can build nukes right now
November 22, 2002
North Korea could build several plutonium bombs right away and add one every year until about 2005 if the 1994 Agreed Framework collapses, a CIA analysis says.
Attacks by Iraq termed 'breach'
November 21, 2002
Iraq's continued efforts to shoot down U.S. and allied warplanes patrolling no-fly zones over Iraq violate Baghdad's obligations under a new United Nations resolution, and will be responded to in an appropriate fashion, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Pentagon confirms 'snooping' system
November 21, 2002
The Pentagon yesterday confirmed that a high-tech data-collection system that will monitor credit-card transactions and airline ticket purchases, described by critics as "a supersnoop's dream," is being created to thwart terrorist attacks.
Chinese missile has twice the range U.S. anticipated
November 20, 2002
China recently test-fired a new cruise missile with twice the range U.S. intelligence agencies initially estimated, intelligence officials say.
U.S. forces almost ready for Saddam, Wolfowitz says
November 17, 2002
PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. military forces are close to being ready to take military action against Saddam Hussein if the president calls on them, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said yesterday.
Baghdad increases range of surface-to-air missiles
November 15, 2002
Iraq has boosted the range of some surface-to-air missiles as part of its ongoing efforts to shoot down patrolling U.S. and British warplanes, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. sees terrorism threat against country's oil ports
November 13, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies have detected surveillance by terror suspects at three oil facilities in the United States, raising fears that plans are under way to attack oil-shipping terminals and refineries, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Heathrow target of al Qaeda
November 13, 2002
London's Heathrow Airport has been targeted for attack by al Qaeda terrorists, an Islamic radical arrested in London last month told investigators, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
U.S. says tape shows bin Laden alive
November 13, 2002
U.S. officials said yesterday they strongly suspect a newly released tape by terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden is authentic and provides the first hard proof in nearly a year that bin Laden is alive.
Congressional watchdog to probe China-SEC relations
November 12, 2002
A congressionally mandated commission on China and security issues will investigate Beijing's approach to obtaining economically valuable data from the U.S. government, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the commission's chairman said yesterday.
SEC aide quits after leak to Chinese
November 11, 2002
An employee of the Securities and Exchange Commission was forced to resign after it was discovered she had sent sensitive data on American computer companies to China in what U.S. officials say may be a case of economic espionage, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. says Baghdad is hiding anthrax
November 8, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies have told U.N. weapons inspectors that Iraq has hidden 7,000 liters of anthrax, but chief inspector Hans Blix never reported the information to the U.N. Security Council, The Washington Times has learned.
U.N. allowed Iraqi purchase of agent usable for weapons
November 6, 2002
The United Nations overruled U.S. government objections and allowed Iraq to buy a specialty chemical that U.S. intelligence officials say will boost Baghdad's chemical and biological warfare agents.
N. Korea missile threat increases
November 1, 2002
North Korea is continuing to develop long-range missiles that threaten the United States and a basic defense system against them is about two years from deployment, the Pentagon's missile-defense chief said yesterday.
Pentagon takes over program to gather intelligence on Iraq
November 1, 2002
The Pentagon has rescued an intelligence-collection program in northern Iraq from critics in the Senate and State Department who held up U.S. funds for an Iraqi opposition group that has scored major successes in getting information from defecting government officials in Baghdad.
Lawmakers ask Bush to end accord
October 31, 2002
Five members of Congress yesterday urged President Bush to scrap the 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea because of Pyongyang's recent admission that it had a covert nuclear arms program.
Saddam safe on home front, CIA says
October 29, 2002
Saddam Hussein's hold on power in Iraq remains strong
and his military forces can defeat any internal opposition,
according to a CIA analysis.
Opium-based gas suspected in Moscow
October 29, 2002
Deadly gas used by Russian security forces during a raid
on a Moscow theater was most likely an opium-based
incapacitating agent, U.S. officials and private experts said
U.S.- China talks likely to resume
October 25, 2002
The Pentagon is preparing to resume a high-level strategic dialogue with China's military that was put on hold after a U.S. EP-3 surveillance aircraft and a Chinese jet collided last year, defense officials said.
Saddam recalls children of envoys
October 24, 2002
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has ordered all his diplomats posted abroad to send their children back to Iraq, according to a U.S. intelligence report.
Ashcroft decides no new laws needed to stop security leaks
October 24, 2002
No new laws are needed to punish government officials for leaking classified information, a Justice Department Task Force has concluded.
Initiative sees medicine as way to beat terrorism
October 23, 2002
A new humanitarian organization is fighting terrorism at the village level by providing medical care to impoverished Muslims in the southern Philippines.
Navy officer loses suit against Russians
October 19, 2002
A federal jury in Seattle yesterday ruled against a Navy intelligence officer who sued a Russian shipping company over a 1997 surveillance mission that left his eyes damaged from a laser.
U.S. saw North Korea's work to enrich fuel for nukes
October 18, 2002
North Korea has been working covertly to develop an enrichment capability for nuclear weapons for at least five years and has used technology obtained from Pakistan and other nations, according to U.S. officials.
CIA's director tells Hill panel: 'We made mistakes'
October 18, 2002
CIA Director George Tenet told Congress yesterday that U.S. intelligence agencies failed to stop the September 11 attacks but insisted it is not possible to expect 100 percent success in fighting terrorism.
Iraq seeks chemical for arms
October 16, 2002
A Chinese state-run company is talking with Iraq about selling a chemical used in making missile fuel, although no transfer has been spotted, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
U.S. 'in the dark' on bin Laden note
October 15, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating whether a statement from Osama bin Laden made public yesterday is authentic and can prove that the elusive al Qaeda terrorist leader is alive.
Navy says Gulf war pilot held by Iraq
October 12, 2002
The Navy changed the status of a pilot missing since the 1991 Persian Gulf war to "missing in action, captured" yesterday, effectively making Capt. Michael Scott Speicher an Iraqi prisoner of war.
Hill prober cites Clinton-era failures against al Qaeda
October 9, 2002
Covert intelligence operations against Osama bin Laden
and military attacks during the Clinton administration failed to
disrupt the al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, a congressional
investigator told Congress yesterday
U.S. says al Qaeda exploring Russian market for weapons
October 8, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies are concerned that terrorists are working hard to acquire small nuclear weapons and nuclear material for bombs from Russia.
'Bin Laden tape' being analyzed for validity
October 8, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that an audiotape broadcast Sunday purporting to be of Osama bin Laden warning of more al Qaeda terrorist attacks is being analyzed, and he emphasized that the war on terrorism isn't just about the Saudi terrorist leader.
Trial aims to tie Russia to laser attack
October 7, 2002
A U.S. Navy intelligence officer is set for trial in a case that seeks to prove that someone on a Russian merchant ship fired a laser that permanently damaged his eyes during a 1997 surveillance mission.
CIA sees Iraq with nukes by decade's end
October 5, 2002
Iraq has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in violation of U.N. resolutions and could deploy a nuclear bomb by the end of this decade, the CIA said in a report made public yesterday.
Reports fail to reform intelligence agencies
October 4, 2002
Numerous studies over the past several decades have called for reforms that could improve U.S. intelligence capabilities, but they produced few changes or improvements, a congressional investigator said yesterday.
Alert on hijackers not 'urgent'
October 2, 2002
Two terrorists who were on the hijacked airliner that hit the Pentagon might have been located before September 11 but the FBI and CIA did not alert immigration officials of the danger they posed, a congressional investigator said yesterday.
Investigator says FBI, CIA mishandled leads on attacks
September 25, 2002
The FBI and CIA mishandled key intelligence and investigative leads that could have led to unraveling the September 11 terrorist plot before it was carried out, a congressional investigator disclosed yesterday.
U.S. officials probe role of Sudan pilot
September 21, 2002
U.S. authorities have detained a Sudanese pilot suspected of plotting to fly a hijacked airliner into the White House, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Agent: FBI never got 9/11 data
September 21, 2002
An FBI agent told Congress yesterday that days before September 11 he complained to FBI headquarters that "someone will die" because senior bureau officials refused to permit him to pursue one of the men who later took part in the Pentagon suicide attack.
U.S. eyes pilot with ties to al Qaeda
September 20, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies are looking for a missing Sudanese air force pilot who is said to be planning to hijack an airliner and fly it into the White House.
Pentagon official urges broader focus for intelligence
September 20, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies need to focus on terrorist groups as closely as they do nation-states, a senior Pentagon official told a congressional panel yesterday.
Few CIA analysts put on al Qaeda case
September 19, 2002
CIA Director George J. Tenet declared "war" on Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network in 1998 but had only five agency analysts assigned to study the group at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Congress was told yesterday.
Terror cells at liberty to strike
September 18, 2002
Information obtained from self-professed September 11 organizer Ramzi Binalshibh indicates al Qaeda has decentralized its leadership structure, making it more dangerous, according to U.S. officials.
Allied warplanes expand counterattacks
September 17, 2002
The Pentagon has ordered expanded retaliatory attacks on air-defense targets in Iraq in response to threats to patrolling U.S. and British warplanes, senior officials said yesterday.
Joint Chiefs boss cites Iraqi dangers
September 14, 2002
The Pentagon is expected to transfer the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command to the Persian Gulf, and Iraq is working on mobile-germ and poison-gas facilities the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
6 in custody in terror probe in Baltimore
September 12, 2002
U.S. security agencies remained on heightened alert through the anniversary of September 11 as terrorist suspects were arrested in Baltimore and a freighter emitting radiation was stopped in New Jersey
Jailed al Qaeda figure is source for latest threat alert
September 11, 2002
New information from a senior al Qaeda operative now being held by a foreign government prompted the unprecedented triggering of an alert system that characterizes the danger of a terrorist attack as high.
Heightened alert official demeanor on infamous day
September 10, 2002
The White House is concerned about a possible terrorist attack coinciding with the first anniversary of the September 11 attack but there are no specific threats, a spokesman said yesterday.
'Staking' arouses terror suspicions
September 9, 2002
U.S. national security agencies are on alert for a terrorist attack after the discovery that a Middle Eastern man carried out suspicious surveillance of the Washington Monument, the Pentagon and other buildings in the area.
Afghanistan lessons don't apply to Iraq, general says
August 22, 2002
New war-fighting methods used on the Taliban in Afghanistan would not apply to Iraq, which could prove to be a more formidable foe in any military action to oust Saddam Hussein, the commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday.
Rumsfeld says al Qaeda in Iraq
August 21, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that al Qaeda terrorists are inside Iraq almost certainly with the support of the government in Baghdad.
Iraqi germ plant active
August 14, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies spotted activity at an Iraqi
factory last week that is increasing fears that Saddam Hussein
is advancing his germ-weapons program, The Washington
Times has learned.
Biochemical weapons boost Iraq's military might
August 3, 2002
Eleven years after its defeat in the Persian Gulf war, Iraq's military forces are smaller but more potent because of secret stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.
China pursues arsenal of technology
July 31, 2002
China is developing high-technology arms, including laser weapons and radio-frequency bombs, to boost its ability to successfully carry out warfare against the United States and other advanced military powers, according to a recent Pentagon report.
Rumsfeld targets Saddam, but not other 'axis' regimes
July 31, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that the United States is not seeking to oust the dictatorial regimes in Iran, North Korea and other states in the same way it wants to overthrow Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
Iraq seeks steel for nukes
July 26, 2002
Iraq's government is trying to buy special equipment used in producing fuel for nuclear weapons, The Washington Times has learned.
Firms in arms sales to Iran identified
July 26, 2002
The State Department has identified the eight Chinese companies and two men it punished with economic sanctions last week for selling arms to Iran.
China tests missile
July 23, 2002
China recently test-fired a medium-range missile that contained numerous dummy warheads designed to defeat missile defenses, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
U.S. confirms weapons-sales sanctions
July 20, 2002
The State Department announced yesterday it is sanctioning eight companies and two persons for selling weapons components to Iran in violation of U.S. arms-proliferation laws.
U.S. penalizes 8 Chinese firms
July 19, 2002
The United States is imposing economic sanctions on eight Chinese companies for selling destabilizing arms and germ-weapons materials to Iran, The Washington Times has learned.
Senators want more air missiles for Taiwan
July 18, 2002
The United States should send advanced air-launch missiles to Taiwan based on China's recent test firing of similar missiles, four U.S. senators said in a letter to the State Department.
Chinese buildup targets Taiwan
July 13, 2002
China's military is engaged in a threatening buildup that includes extending the range of its nuclear missiles and developing forces to coerce and attack Taiwan, according to a Pentagon report on Chinese military power.
Bush administration backs off Iraq POW mission
July 12, 2002
The Bush administration will send a diplomatic note, but not a team of people, to Iraq as part of efforts to resolve the fate of missing Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher.
Al Qaeda remains a silent menace in U.S., senators say
July 12, 2002
The al Qaeda terrorist group is regrouping and is working secretly inside the United States, the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said yesterday.
5,000 in U.S. suspected of ties to al Qaeda
July 11, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies are watching several groups of Middle Eastern men thought to be part of an infrastructure of as many as 5,000 al Qaeda terrorists and their supporters in the United States, The Washington Times has learned.
U.S. eyes missile transfer to Taipei
July 4, 2002
The Bush administration is reviewing whether to send advanced air-to-air missiles that were purchased by Taiwan but not delivered because of fears of upsetting the military balance in the region, U.S. officials said yesterday.
China deploys drones from Israel
July 2, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies have identified an Israeli-made anti-radar weapon deployed with Chinese forces opposite Taiwan, The Washington Times has learned.
Missile defense system has no target date
July 2, 2002
The threat from long-range missiles continues to grow, but the Pentagon will not set an exact date for when the United States will deploy a missile defense system, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.
China test-fires new missile
July 1, 2002
China's air force test-fired a new air-to-air missile for the first time last week in a move that has altered the military balance across the Taiwan Strait, defense officials say.
Defense facilities to disperse
June 28, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday that he wants to impose limits on new defense construction within 100 miles of the Pentagon.
Chinese jet fighters fly near U.S. spy plane
June 27, 2002
Two Chinese jet fighters came within 150 feet of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft near China in the first close encounter since a collision last year between an EP-3 and a Chinese jet, The Washington Times has learned.
Pentagon expedites missile-defense plan
June 26, 2002
The Pentagon is rapidly moving ahead with deploying a new defense system in the next few years that can knock out enemy missiles, the general in charge of the program said yesterday.
Rumsfeld declines Beijing invitation to visit
June 22, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday he will not accept China's invitation to visit the country, but will send a representative to discuss resuming military exchanges with the Chinese army.
U.S. agencies doubt terrorist Atta's meeting in Prague
June 19, 2002
U.S. intelligence officials say they have not seen evidence from the Czech government to confirm reports accepted by the State Department that a key al Qaeda terrorist met with an Iraqi agent in Prague five months before September 11.
FBI searches L.A. coast for al Qaeda crew, cache
June 18, 2002
Federal authorities have been searching for a merchant ship carrying a group of al Qaeda terrorists and a large cache of weapons that is believed to be headed for Los Angeles, The Washington Times has learned.
FBI makes spy-catching priority, topped only by counterterrorism
June 17, 2002
The FBI is stepping up efforts to catch foreign spies in the United States as agents from China, Russia and other countries are increasing intelligence activities here, according to the FBI's top counterspy.
Radical Islam called worst foe
June 6, 2002
The ideological battle against radical Islam over time is as important to winning the war on terrorism as arresting and killing terrorists is right now, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said yesterday.
Congress poised to probe intelligence failures
June 5, 2002
Congress held its first hearing yesterday on the intelligence failures surrounding the September 11 attacks amid finger-pointing by the CIA and FBI over what was known in advance of the terrorist strikes.
U.S. nabs cache of portable missiles
June 1, 2002
U.S. military forces in Afghanistan captured a cache of 30 anti-aircraft missiles, Pentagon officials said yesterday as a new American general took control of the U.S.-led campaign there.
Missiles smuggled into U.S.
May 31, 2002
The U.S. government has alerted airlines and law enforcement agencies that new intelligence indicates that Islamic terrorists have smuggled shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles into the United States.
Exporting weapons draws U.S. sanctions
May 20, 2002
Chinese and European arms exporters were hit with U.S. economic sanctions for selling cruise missile and chemical weapons goods to Iran, The Washington Times has learned.
China's military starts war games near Taiwan
May 18, 2002
Chinese military forces opposite Taiwan have been placed on the highest state of alert as Beijing begins large-scale annual war games, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
For years, signs suggested 'that something was up'
May 17, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies had indications for months and even years before September 11 that terrorists were planning attacks with aircraft.
U.S. finds two large caches of weapons
May 15, 2002
U.S. military forces in Afghanistan have found two large caches of arms that were stashed by al Qaeda and Taliban fighters, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
Security boosted at nuke facilities
May 14, 2002
The Bush administration has taken steps to tighten security at U.S. nuclear power facilities based on documents and information obtained from al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, a White House spokesman said yesterday.
U.S. weighs July 4 threat
May 13, 2002
Islamic terrorists are planning an attack against a U.S. nuclear power plant to coincide with the July 4 celebrations, U.S. intelligence sources say.
Iraq deploys missiles, violates no-fly zones
May 10, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies have identified new surface-to-air missile batteries near Nasariya in southern Iraq, and Iraqi military pilots are increasingly violating no-fly zones created by the United Nations, U.S. intelligence officials say.
U.S. imposes sanctions for Iran weapon aid
May 10, 2002
The State Department yesterday announced it is imposing economic sanctions on Chinese, Armenian and Moldovan companies for selling weapons-related goods to Iran.
Missiles bolstered opposite Taiwan
April 29, 2002
China delivered a new shipment of missiles to bases near Taiwan last week as part of a mounting buildup under way since the beginning of the year, U.S. intelligence officials said.
China-made artillery seized in Afghanistan
April 12, 2002
More than 100 Chinese artillery rockets found in Afghanistan were either smuggled into the country from China or sent years ago during the Soviet military occupation, U.S. officials said yesterday.
White House backs strong defense of Taiwan
April 11, 2002
The Bush administration will do "whatever it takes" to defend Taiwan from military strikes by China, according to a recent closed-door speech by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz that drew an angry response from China yesterday.
U.S. to search for pilot in Iraq
April 10, 2002
The Bush administration is ready to dispatch a team of experts to Iraq to investigate the fate of missing Persian Gulf war pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher, defense officials said yesterday.
Terrorists trained by Iran tracked from Uzbekistan
April 8, 2002
Iran is secretly training Islamic terrorists from Uzbekistan for future operations in Central Asia, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Chinese missiles concern Pentagon
April 3, 2002
China's buildup of short-range missiles near its southeastern coast is "threatening" to Taiwan and poses a danger to sea lanes and ports in the region, the Pentagon said yesterday.
China assembles missiles near coast facing Taiwan
April 2, 2002
China's military is deploying more short-range ballistic missiles near the coast opposite Taiwan, as tensions in the region are increasing over growing U.S. support for the island.
Suspected friendly fire deaths probed
March 30, 2002
A U.S. soldier who died during a recent mop-up operation in Afghanistan may have been killed by friendly U.S. fire, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said yesterday.
Iraq again welcomes probe of U.S. pilot downed in war
March 28, 2002
The Iraqi government yesterday repeated its offer to allow a U.S. team of inspectors to visit Iraq and resolve the fate of missing U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher.
Iraqi radio carried U.S. pilot offer
March 27, 2002
Iraq's offer to allow a U.S. team to investigate the fate of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher was carried by the government radio — not just by Chinese and British wire services, as Bush administration officials asserted Monday.
White House mulls Iraqi offer to allow search for pilot
March 26, 2002
The Bush administration is studying an announced Iraqi government offer to have U.S. inspectors visit the country to resolve the fate of a U.S. Navy pilot missing since the Persian Gulf war.
Pentagon 'leaning forward' on controlling Afghan drugs
March 26, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday the Pentagon is "leaning forward" on drug control in post-Taliban Afghanistan, but said using the U.S. military to eradicate poppy fields is only one option.
Military opposes spraying poppies
March 25, 2002
The U.S. military is opposing Bush administration plans to conduct crop eradication in Afghanistan, where poppy cultivation in the coming weeks will net millions of dollars for Taliban and al Qaeda drug runners, U.S. officials say.
N. Korea gunboat shipment helps Iran expand military
March 20, 2002
North Korea is sending a shipment of gunboats to Iran that U.S. intelligence agencies say will be converted into guided-missile warships.
Search for pilot given priority
March 20, 2002
The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress yesterday his agency is tracking down every possible lead concerning a U.S. pilot lost in combat over Iraq in 1991.
CIA won't rule out Iraq, Iran
March 20, 2002
CIA Director George J. Tenet yesterday refused to rule out the involvement of either Iraq or Iran in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Missing pilot's status in question
March 16, 2002
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday the Pentagon is investigating whether a Navy pilot shot down in the Persian Gulf war is alive in Iraq.
Spy agencies say pilot likely seized
March 15, 2002
A U.S. intelligence report on the case of Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher provides the most complete explanation by the U.S. government on why the pilot probably was captured alive by Iraqis after ejecting from his F-18 in 1991.
Pentagon asks Iraq about U.S. pilot
March 13, 2002
The Pentagon called on Iraq yesterday to reveal what it knows about the fate of a missing U.S. Navy pilot shot down near Baghdad in 1991.
Senator suspects pilot alive in Iraq
March 12, 2002
A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said yesterday he suspects a Navy pilot shot down over Iraq in 1991 is alive and being held captive as the State Department said Baghdad has ignored U.S. requests for information about the pilot's fate.
Pilot believed alive, held in Iraq
March 11, 2002
U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained new information indicating Iraq is holding captive a U.S. Navy pilot shot down during the Persian Gulf war, The Washington Times has learned.