National Security & Defense

Transportation Security Administration: U.S. Passengers Soon Allowed to Carry Small Knives on Planes

March 5, 2013

“Starting April 25, passengers going through U.S. airports can bring on board Swiss Army-type knives — specifically, ones with blades no longer than 2.36 inches.”

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U.S. Central Commander Gen. James Mattis: Iran Nuclear Weapon Would Drive At Least One More Sunni-Arab State to Develop Nukes

March 5, 2013

“MATTIS: At least one other [Sunni-Arab] nation has told me they would do that, at a leadership level, they have assured me they would not stay without a nuclear weapon if Iran armed.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: Iran Moving Closer to Possessing a Nuclear Weapon

March 5, 2013

“At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.”

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu: Iran Getting Closer to “Nuclear Red Line”

March 5, 2013

“”Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross it,” Netanyahu told the largest American pro-Israel lobby via satellite, referring to the point at which Israel believes Iran would be able to build a nuclear weapon.”

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Vice President Biden to AIPAC: President Obama Isn’t Bluffing on Iran

March 5, 2013

“”The president of the United States cannot, and does not, bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden told the audience in Washington.”

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House Republicans Proposing “Hybrid Spending Bill” to Restore $7 Billion In Sequestration Defense Spending Cuts

March 4, 2013

“House Republicans are proposing this week to restore upward of $7 billion to operations and maintenance accounts for the four military services hit hard by the automatic cuts that went into effect Friday night.”

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Shipment Seized Off the Coast of Yemen Contained Chinese Anti-Aircraft Missiles

March 4, 2013

“The Chinese missiles were part of a larger shipment interdicted by American and Yemeni forces in January, which American and Yemeni officials say was intended for the Houthi rebels in northwestern Yemen.”

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Israel’s Channel 10: President Obama Will Threaten Iran With a Military Strike in June

February 27, 2013

“Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.”

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Symantec Security Response Discovers Earliest Version of Stuxnet 0.5 in

February 26, 2013

“Analysis of this code reveals the latest discovery to be version 0.5 and that it was in operation between 2007 and 2009 with indications that it, or even earlier variants of it, were in operation as early as 2005.”

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#2 Senate Republican John Cornyn (TX): Pentagon Exaggerating Sequestration Defense Spending Cuts

February 25, 2013

“Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he plans to make the case to other Republicans and the public that despite warnings from the Pentagon that the mandated cuts will be devastating, the overall amount of defense spending will actually still rise.”

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) Dismisses China’s Hacking Denials

February 24, 2013

“He said the attacks were illegal and unprecedented in scope, and that the United States was not currently able to protect American companies from them.”

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Politico: Defense Industry Has Lost Most of Its Key Allies in Congress

February 24, 2013

“Of the 30 largest House recipients of defense industry campaign donations since the 1990 election cycle, only 11 are still serving in Congress, according to a POLITICO analysis of federal data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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Diplomats: Iran Upgrading Nuclear Uranium Enrichment Facilities

February 21, 2013

“Diplomats told The Associated Press on Wednesday, however, that installation was now well on its way, with inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency seeing close to 100 or more machines mounted when they toured the site a few days ago. “

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Security Experts: Chinese Hackers Have Infiltrated Most Powerful Washington Institutions

February 21, 2013

“The list of those hacked in recent years includes law firms, think tanks, news organizations, human rights groups, contractors, congressional offices, embassies and federal agencies.”

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