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Mar 14, 2012

US dangles secret data for Russia missile shield OK

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is leaving open the possibility of giving Moscow certain secret data on U.S. interceptor missiles due to help protect Europe from any Iranian missile strike.

A deal is being sought by Washington that could include classified data exchange because it is in the U.S. interest to enlist Russia and its radar stations in the missile-defense effort, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Tuesday in written replies to Reuters.

Mar 9, 2012

US senator says naval blockade of Iran should be considered

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – An international naval
blockade of Iranian oil exports should be considered before any
resort to air strikes against the country’s disputed nuclear
program, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services
Committee said on Friday.

“That’s, I think, one option that needs to be considered” to
boost pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program in line with
U.N. Security Council resolutions, Democratic Senator Carl Levin
said in an interview taped for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program.

Mar 8, 2012

China cyber capability endangers US forces -report

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – Chinese cyberwarfare
would pose a genuine risk to the U.S. military in a conflict,
for instance over Taiwan or disputes in the South China Sea,
according to report for the U.S. Congress.

Operations against computer networks have become fundamental
to Beijing’s military and national development strategies over
the past decade, said the 136-page analysis by Northrop Grumman
Corp. It was released on Thursday by the congressionally
created U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Mar 8, 2012

Pentagon says aims to keep Asia power balance

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – The United States is
shifting more military muscle, including another aircraft
carrier, to the Pacific to protect the status quo in a region
facing China’s growing clout, the Pentagon’s second-ranking
official said on Thursday.

In coming years, 60 percent of U.S. Navy ships will be in the
Pacific, up from 52 percent now, including a net increase of one
carrier to six, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an
industry conference hosted by Credit Suisse and McAleese and
Associates, a consultancy.

Mar 8, 2012

China cyber capability puts U.S. forces at risk: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese cyberwarfare would pose a “genuine risk” to the U.S. military in a conflict, for instance over Taiwan or disputes in the South China Sea, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Congress.

Operations against computer networks have become fundamental to Beijing’s military and national development strategies over the past decade, said the 136-page analysis by Northrop Grumman Corp released on Thursday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Mar 7, 2012

Obama mulls giving Moscow data on missile defense

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – The Obama
administration disclosed on Tuesday that it is considering
sharing some classified U.S. data as part of an effort to allay
Russian concerns about a controversial antimissile shield.

The administration is continuing negotiations begun under
former President George W. Bush on a defense technical
cooperation agreement with Moscow that could include limited
classified data, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Brad
Roberts told a House of Representatives’ Armed Services
subcommittee.

Mar 6, 2012

Defense chief warns Iran on nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta vowed on Tuesday that the United States would take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if diplomacy fails.

“Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he told an annual policy conference of the biggest U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “But make no mistake, when all else fails, we will act.”

Mar 6, 2012

U.S. defense chief warns Iran on nuclear program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday vowed that the United States would take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if diplomacy fails.

“Military action is the last alternative when all else fails,” he told the annual policy conference of the biggest U.S. pro-Israel lobbying group. “But make no mistake, when all else fails, we will act.”

Feb 22, 2012

CIA to software vendors: A revolution is coming

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency told software vendors on Tuesday that it plans to revolutionize the way it does business with them as part of a race to keep up with the blazing pace of technology advances.

Rather than stick with traditional all-you-can-eat deals known as “enterprise licensing agreements,” the CIA wants to buy software services on a “metered,” pay-as-you-go basis, Ira “Gus” Hunt, the agency’s top technology officer, told an industry conference.

Feb 13, 2012

Obama trims missile defense request

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The Obama
administration proposed on Monday a 6.7 percent cut in overall
U.S. ballistic-missile defense spending compared with last year
as part of deficit reduction efforts.

The $9.7 billion sought for fiscal 2013, down $700 million
from 2012, would scale back deployment of advanced radars built
by Raytheon Co as well as a Lockheed Martin Corp
“THAD” antimissile system that works inside and outside the
atmosphere.