National Security & Defense

British Prime Minister David Cameron Proposes Diverting Funds From Foreign Aid to Defense

February 20, 2013

“Britain deploys thousands of troops in Afghanistan and his comments could allow the government to use funds originally intended for foreign aid for what it regards as peace keeping, easing the strain on public finances.”

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Western Spy Agencies Struggle for Information on North Korea’s Latest Nuclear Test

February 20, 2013

“This lack of scientific evidence suggests that key questions may remain unanswered about the type of fissile material used in the test, which was detected by seismic sensors. It also leaves unaddressed questions about how far the North has advanced in its bomb design.”

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North Korea Threatens South Korea With “Final Destruction”

February 19, 2013

“North Korea threatened South Korea with “final destruction” during a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take further steps after a nuclear test last week.”

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White House: State Department Inquiring About Cyber Hacking at “Highest Levels” of the Chinese Government

February 19, 2013

“State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland stopped short of saying whether the U.S. was in a cyber-war with China. But she and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said U.S. officials have started a dialogue with the “highest levels” of the Chinese government.”

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Critical Infrastructure From Hackers

February 19, 2013

“The eight-page order represents a major attempt to shore up the country’s digital defenses against the new threats emerging from China, Iran and elsewhere — though it will require later intervention by a divided Congress.”

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Officials: Purchase Orders Reveal Iranian Purchase of Ring-Shaped Magnets for Nuclear Enrichment

February 13, 2013

“The revelation of the new orders for nuclear-sensitive parts coincides with Iran’s announcement that it plans to add thousands of more-advanced, second-generation centrifuges that would allow it to ramp up its production of enriched uranium even further, analysts said.”

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Report: North Korea’s Nuclear Device “Miniaturized and Lighter… with Greater Explosive Force”

February 12, 2013

“The claim about miniaturizing the device could be important, if true. But there has been no proof yet that the North has yet mastered the difficult technology of making bombs small enough to be fitted to ballistic missiles.”

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Chinese Foreign Ministry: China “Firmly Opposed” to North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Testing

February 12, 2013

“Chinese leaders are believed to be increasingly frustrated by Pyongyang’s defiance in the face of international pressure to cease its nuclear weapons program.”

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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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North Korea Confirms Conducting Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“It may take days to ascertain whether the North used highly enriched uranium for the first time in the nuclear test, a move that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon.”

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Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

February 11, 2013

“Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.”

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Google Earth Satellite Images Reveal North Korea’s Purported Nuclear Test Site

February 8, 2013

“The latest series of images was captured on January 29th DigitalGlobe for Google.”

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Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei Rejects U.S. Vice President Biden’s Offer of Direct Talks

February 7, 2013

“Khamenei made his comments just days after Biden said the United States was prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership. “That offer stands but it must be real and tangible,” Biden said in Munich on Saturday.”

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CIA Director Nominee John Brennan: National Security Leaks Are “Unfortunate” and “Inappropriate”

February 7, 2013

“CIA director nominee John Brennan said Thursday that leaks of national security secrets were “unfortunate” and “inappropriate,” and vowed that he had not passed classified information to reporters.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: Budget Uncertainty Is The “Greatest Security Risk We Are Facing As A Nation”

February 7, 2013

“The responsibility of dealing with this crisis rests with the leadership of the nation. I know that the members of this committee share the deep concerns I have raised about sequestration, and I urge you to do the responsible thing and avoid weakening our national defense.”

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