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U.S. beefs up security for Navy's Fifth Fleet

U.S. beefs up security for Navy's Fifth Fleet

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been concerned that Shi’ite riots in Bahrain could hamper operations of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has been closely monitoring the Shi’ite unrest in Bahrain. They said security has been reinforced around the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, responsible for operations […]

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Cable highlights Pakistan sensitivity to U.S. role in securing its nukes

Cable highlights Pakistan sensitivity to U.S. role in securing its nukes

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A classified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad from 2009 reveals that the United States has helped Pakistan to provide better controls on its nuclear arsenal. The June 2, 2009 cable, labeled secret and prepared for the visit of a senior U.S. official, stated that since the disclosure of […]

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China: New stealth J-20 can carry ASAT missiles, may force U.S. hand on F-22 production

China: New stealth J-20 can carry ASAT missiles, may force U.S. hand on F-22 production

The U.S. F-22. A state-controlled Chinese press report on Beijing’s new stealth jet, the J-20, said the aircraft has expanded China’s strategic capabilities and also will be capable of carrying anti-satellite missiles. The Wen Wei Po newspaper quoted Hong Yuan, who it described as a “famous strategy expert,” as saying that the new J-20, which […]

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Koch: Time to reconfigure U.S. commitments to cope with emerging China threat

Koch: Time to reconfigure U.S. commitments to cope with emerging China threat

By Ed Koch, WorldTribune.com On Jan. 6, The New York Times reported that China has rolled out the J-20 tactical fighter, its first stealth (radar evading) plane, which appears to be a copy of the U.S. F-22. According to The Times, the “Hong Kong editor in chief of the Canadian journal Kanwa Defense Weekly, said […]

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U.S. drone missiles kill 25 in Pakistan

U.S. drone missiles kill 25 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A barrage of U.S. missiles targeted Pakistan’s Khyber district on Friday for a second consecutive day, killing 25 militants as Barack Obama urged Islamabad to do more to root out terror havens. NATO forces in the Afghan theater of conflictPakistani officials said three drone strikes destroyed targets in Khyber, the tribal district […]

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Cable provided country-by-country list of critical infrastructural sites

Cable provided country-by-country list of critical infrastructural sites

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A leaked U.S. cable from the secretary of state to all foreign posts identifies critical U.S. national security infrastructure and those elements located overseas that could impact U.S. security. The list of facilities was produced as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan that identifies key domestic sectors for protection […]

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U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Oct. 10. / AP /Vincent Yu  The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of […]

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Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

Japan, U.S. to conduct biggest ever military drill

TOKYO – Japan and the United States will hold their biggest ever joint military drills just days after a US and South Korean show of force amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Thursday. The previously announced “Keen Sword” drills, which were planned before North Korea’s artillery barrage of a South Korean island last […]

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China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

China issues warning ahead of U.S.-South Korea drills

SEOUL – China warned on Friday against military acts near its coastline ahead of U.S.-South Korean naval exercises that North Korea, days after shelling a South Korean island, said risked pushing the region toward war. Beijing’s warning came as the Seoul government named a career soldier as its new defense minister amid mounting criticism of […]

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USS George Washington heads for Yellow Sea; North Korea's top Kims visit factory

USS George Washington heads for Yellow Sea; North Korea's top Kims visit factory

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The specter of a powerful American naval force steaming into the Yellow Sea escalates the drama of conflict off the Korean Peninsula to a new level of intensity. The decision to include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington in a strike force of five vessels defies not only […]