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Bill Gertz

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Last Build Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:35:07 -0400


Inside the Ring: China uses students as spies

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:35:07 -0400

A senior U.S. counterintelligence official recently said publicly what many officials and experts have been warning privately for years: China is using its large student population in the United States to spy.

Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, a DNI agency, said recently that China poses ...

Inside the Ring: Missile threats increasing, Pentagon says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:50:09 -0400

Senior Pentagon and military officials this week outlined the growing array of missile threats facing the United States from China, Russia and other states, including maneuvering hypersonic weapons.

John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, told a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing that the threat posed by advanced missiles is ...

Inside the Ring: Cyber hardware flaws studied

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:51:09 -0400

The most frequent cause of malicious cyberattacks is when computer users click on a link that results in malware being downloaded onto computer networks.

But another emerging hardware-based cyberthreat is being studied by the Cyber Command and U.S. intelligence community, according to the nominee to head the command and the ...

Inside the Ring: Russia tests ASAT missile

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:49:09 -0400

Russia has conducted a flight test of a new anti-satellite missile in what Pentagon officials say is a step in advancing Moscow's space warfare capabilities.

A U.S. defense official said American intelligence agencies monitored the missile test March 26 from Plesetsk, a test center located about 150 miles northwest of ...

Inside the Ring: Liu Xiaobei heads China's U.S. hacking operations

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:37:09 -0400

The activities of one of China's cyber spymasters has been revealed for the first time in a government report on Beijing's unfair trade practices made public last week.

The role of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Maj. Gen. Liu Xiaobei, until recently the director of the Third Department of the PLA ...

Inside the Ring: Vincent Brooks on North Korea threat

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:46:13 -0400

The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea provided a detailed look at the increasing threat posed by the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un last week.

Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, who also heads the United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command, told a Senate committee that U.S. forces ...

Inside the Ring: Pakistani covert support for Taliban revealed

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:27:09 -0400

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of the Central Command, disclosed in congressional testimony this week that despite a new U.S. policy of pressuring Pakistan, the Islamabad government is still supporting the Taliban terrorist group in the border region with Afghanistan.

Asked during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday if ...

Pentagon steps up North Korea military planning

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:38:08 -0500

The Pentagon is intensifying military planning for war on the Korean Peninsula despite the apparent thaw between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and long-range missile program.

Pentagon officials say the military planning has increased in recent weeks and involves reworking and refining Op Plan 5027, ...

Inside the Ring: China vs. Russia election interference

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:31:09 -0500

Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee this week loudly condemned what they said were threats to American democracy posed by Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Twenty ago, however, Senate Democrats sang a different tune and offered no such dire warnings about Chinese government meddling in the 1996 presidential ...

Inside the Ring: U.S. vs. China in South China Sea

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:05:09 -0500

The Pentagon is stepping up its strategic messaging targeting China with the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson now underway in the South China Sea.

The Vinson strike group, including the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy, left ...

Inside the Ring: FBI investigating Confucius Institutes

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:28:10 -0500

The FBI is investigating scores of Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes around the country over concerns the institutes are part of covert spying and influence operations.

The centers, mainly located on American college campuses, ostensibly were set up to teach Chinese language and culture. But they have become centers for spreading ...

Inside the Ring: Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:48:10 -0500

The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.

According to knowledgeable sources, Iran has used the funds to pay its main proxy, the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, along with ...

Inside the Ring: Stingers to Taiwan

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:07:08 -0500

Amid growing tensions between China and Taiwan over Beijing's decision to sharply increase aircraft flights along the center of the Taiwan Strait, the Pentagon is preparing to transfer Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the Taiwanese military in the coming months.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry announced Jan. 22 that it will take delivery ...

Chinese information warfare: 'The Panda That Eats, Shoots, and Leaves'

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:41:05 -0500

The following is an excerpt from "iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age."

No other nation today poses a greater danger to American national security than China, a state engaged in an unprecedented campaign of information warfare using both massive cyberattacks and influence operations aimed at diminishing what Beijing ...

Inside the Ring: White House eyes new intel board

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:35:10 -0500

The Trump administration is moving ahead with setting up the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, and a chairman and vice chairman have been selected and are being vetted for security clearances.

A White House official said the chairman will be Stephen Feinberg, a New York financier and Trump supporter. He is ...

Inside the Ring: Obama nuclear policy rejected as naive

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:34:07 -0500

A leaked draft of the latest Nuclear Posture Review reveals that President Trump is preparing to boost U.S. nuclear weapons by developing new arms and modernizing older weapons and delivery platforms.

The draft review states that President Obama's policy of cutting nuclear forces and reducing reliance on strategic weapons did ...

Inside the Ring: China plans Pakistan military base at Jiwani

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:29:08 -0500

China is constructing its second overseas military base in Pakistan as part of a push for greater power projection capabilities along strategic sea routes.

The facility will be built at Jiwani, a port close to the Iranian border on the Gulf of Oman, according to two people familiar with deal.


Inside the Ring: Trump seeks to expand American influence

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:55:10 -0500

President Trump's new national security strategy lists expanding American influence around the world as one of four pillars of the new doctrine.

"America will lead again," Mr. Trump said Monday in unveiling the new strategy. "We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will ...

Inside the Ring: U.S. military could lose next war: Report

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:27:10 -0500

A new study by the Rand Corp. is warning that U.S. military forces are poorly structured to meet the threats posed by China, Russia and other states, as well as the continuing war against Islamic terrorism.

The study, "U.S. Military Capabilities and Forces for a Dangerous World," presents the stark ...

Inside the Ring: China confirms DF-41 missile test

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:35:07 -0500

China's People's Liberation Army has confirmed the latest flight test of the newest and most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile known as the DF-41.

"It is a normal practice for China to develop missiles as scheduled, and it is not against any specific country, region or target," Senior Col. Wu Qian, ...