New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

January 22, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s technology theft and other unfair economic practices are one of several targets of activity for the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) took over the powerful foreign policy committee this month and said in an interview the panel plans to hold a hearing next month to examine America’s role in the world and the challenges it faces. Those challenges include China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and terrorism.

One priority will be moving ahead with a backlog of nominations for State Department and ambassadorial posts.

Source: New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China

Huawei Technologies Linked to Chinese Communist Party – Bill Gertz

January 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The international battle over Huawei escalated last week when Polish authorities arrested two people, including a Huawei executive, and charged them with spying for China.

Huawei is controlled secretly by a faction within the Communist Party of China headed by former leader Jiang Zemin, and his son, Jiang Mianheng, president of the ShanghaiTech University. Jiang Mianheng is one of China’s most powerful technology leaders who has links to numerous companies, including Huawei, Guo said.

U.S. intelligence officials have said Huawei has worked on behalf of Chinese intelligence since at least 2014 when Huawei attempted to gain access to information at the National Security Agency through a U.S. defense contractor. It could not be learned if the attempt was successful.

Source: Huawei Technologies Linked to Chinese Communist Party

Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia – Bill Gertz

January 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly and needs rapid upgrading to be ready for any future war with China or Russia, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board.

A special task force on survivable logistics evaluated the military’s current airlift, sealift, and prepositioned equipment and supplies and found major problems with supporting forces during a “high-end” conflict.

Source: Military Logistics System Not Ready for War With China or Russia

China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile – Bill Gertz

December 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

China carried out a flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month that will carry multiple nuclear warheads capable of targeting most of the United States, according to American defense officials.

The launch in late November was the first time the Chinese military flight tested the Julong-3, or JL-3 missile that will be deployed with the next generation of ballistic missile submarines, said officials familiar with the test who said it appeared successful. Julong is Chinese for Big Wave.

The test was closely monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies that detected the launch with missile warning satellites.

Source: China Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Missile

Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

December 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela this week as part of an increasingly provocative pattern of bomber training flights, according to American defense officials.

At least two Blackjacks will fly from a strategic forces air base in Russia to Venezuela as part of a series of training exercises that will include long-range refueling, said officials familiar with Russian plans for the flight.

The bomber foray to South America will be Russia’s seventh training flight for Blackjack bombers in the past three months.

Source: Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran Set For Electronic Pulse Attacks on U.S.

October 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are preparing nuclear electronic pulse attacks from space in a future conflict to cripple the U.S. military and plunge the United States into darkness, according to a declassified study.

“The United States critical national infrastructure faces a present and continuing existential threat from combined-arms warfare, including cyber and manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, and natural EMP from a solar superstorm,” says a recently published report from the congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.”

Source: China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran Set For Electronic Pulse Attacks on U.S.

U.S. Arrests Chinese Intelligence Officer for Economic Spying – Bill Gertz

October 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the arrest of a Chinese intelligence officer who was charged with economic espionage against U.S. aviation companies.

The officer was identified as Yanjun Xu, a Ministry of State Security intelligence officer who was extradited to the United States from Belgium on Tuesday. He was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy and attempting to steal secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies.

Xu’s arrest is a rare prosecution of an MSS officer and highlights the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on Chinese spying and technology theft.

Source: U.S. Arrests Chinese Intelligence Officer for Economic Spying

China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War – Bill Gertz

October 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s new Strategic Support Force highlights Beijing’s growing military might and plans to expand both power and influence using space, cyber, and information warfare in both peacetime and a future high-tech war, according to a Pentagon-sponsored study.

The new force, set up in late 2015, is not part of army, navy, air force, or missile force and is directly under the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, according to a report published this week by the National Defense University.

The force has combined several People’s Liberation Army (PLA) advanced warfare and intelligence capabilities into a single unit for the first time, although much of the unit remains shrouded under Chinese military secrecy.

Source: China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War

U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

September 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States is vulnerable to a devastating electromagnetic pulse event caused by a high-altitude nuclear blast or solar superstorm, according to a recently published book.

Peter Pry, a former CIA analyst and author of the book EMP Manhattan Project, is urging the government to rapidly harden the U.S. electric power system against EMP similar to the three-year crash program to build the first atomic bomb in 1942.

“Today the United States and the world faces another existential threat—from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) catastrophe that can be caused by nature or man, and topple the technological pillars of modern electronic civilization,” said Pry, who served on a congressional EMP commission in the early 2000s.

Source: U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles

September 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pentagon is studying the deployment of space-based missiles and new sensors to counter the growing threat of high-speed missile attacks from China and Russia, senior defense officials said Tuesday.

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said a network of 1,000 missile interceptors deployed on satellite launchers, could be built for $20 billion—not at a cost of hundreds of billions as critics of space weapons assert.

Griffin, a long-time missile defense expert, said missile threats are increasing and space-based defenses are needed to counter the threats.

Source: Pentagon Plans to Deploy Space-Based Missiles

Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

August 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California.

A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Phoenix TV.

Source: Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

Chinese Aviation Firm Seeking Investment in U.S. Aircraft Makers

July 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A Chinese state-run aircraft and missile manufacturer linked to military programs and past espionage is attempting to purchase interests in major U.S. aircraft manufacturers.

According to Trump administration officials, the Aviation Industry Corp of China, known as AVIC, is seeking to gain access to advanced technology through attempts to buy minority stakes in major aircraft companies.

The attempts were detected by U.S. intelligence agencies several months ago and reported internally within the U.S. government.

Source: Chinese Aviation Firm Seeking Investment in U.S. Aircraft Makers

China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal ‘Crown Jewels’ of U.S. Tech

June 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

China’s government is using a multi-pronged strategy to systematically steal advanced American technology as part of economic aggression against the United States, according to a White House report.

The report, based in part on declassified intelligence from the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, provides some of the first public details on China’s industrial policies that have produced the world’s second largest economy, often at the expense of American companies.

“The Chinese state seeks to access the crown jewels of American technology and intellectual property,” says the report, made public Tuesday night.

Source: China Industrial Policy Seeks to Steal ‘Crown Jewels’ of U.S. Tech

Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The FBI mishandled the politically charged investigation of classified information found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and Bureau agents engaged in improper behavior including a text message threat to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, according to a Justice Department inspector general probe.

A report by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, however, appeared to let the FBI off the hook for allowing political biases and concerns about protecting the FBI’s reputation influence its investigation of classified data found on the email server.

Source: Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

Ex-DIA Official Charged as Beijing Spy Used Chinese Cell Phones

June 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A former Defense Intelligence Agency officer charged with spying for Beijing’s intelligence service used Chinese cell phones to communicate with his spy handlers, according to an FBI document.

Ron Rockwell Hansen, was arrested by the FBI on Saturday and charged with attempted transfer of defense secrets to China and other crimes.

Hansen, an intelligence contractor for many years after leaving DIA in 2006, was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he planned to travel to China.

A current DIA official working with the FBI helped identify Hansen’s alleged spying activities.

Source: Ex-DIA Official Charged as Beijing Spy Used Chinese Cell Phones

Artificial Intelligence to Weaponize Fake Videos

May 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Deception operations using high-quality fake videos produced with artificial intelligence are the next phase of information warfare operations by nation states aimed at subverting American democracy.

Currently, “deepfakes,” or human image-synthesized videos, mainly involve the use of celebrity likenesses and voices superimposed on women in porn videos.

But the weaponization of deep fakes for political smear campaigns, in commercial operations to discredit businesses, or subversion by foreign intelligence services in disinformation operations is a looming threat.

Source: Artificial Intelligence to Weaponize Fake Videos

House to Probe China Threat

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will begin a major inquiry into the threat from China this week in a shift from its past attention on Russian subversion.

The committee will hold a series of hearings, both open and in secret, examining threats posed by China in the military sphere, economic and industrial realm, technology arena, and Beijing’s significant influence operations against the United States, said committee aides.

The new inquiry is being directed by Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and is supported by Republicans and Democrats.

Source: House to Probe China Threat

White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The White House for the first time has pushed back against Chinese information warfare and propaganda in denouncing attempts by Beijing to impose political correctness on Americans and U.S. companies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement issued Saturday that President Trump ran against political correctness during the presidential campaign and is opposing “efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens.”

Source: White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests to the Chinese government over several recent incidents of laser firings near China’s first overseas military base at Djibouti.

Source: Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

Democratic Donors Paid $50 million for New Anti-Trump Research

April 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Anti-Trump researchers are continuing to conduct investigations of President Trump and were paid $50 million by unidentified donors in blue states, according to a House intelligence committee report made public on Friday.

The heavily redacted final report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said the panel is continuing to probe efforts by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of the discredited anti-Trump dossier, and the research firm FusionGPS that hired Steele on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign during the election.

Source: Democratic Donors Paid $50 million for New Anti-Trump Research

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