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Nov 7, 2011

US discloses new push for offensive cyber arms

, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s advanced
research arm, which played a key role in developing the
Internet 40 years ago, said on Monday it will boost efforts to
build offensive cyber arms for possible keyboard-launched
attacks against enemy targets.

The U.S. military needs “more and better options” to deal
with a growing threat to industrial and other systems
controlled by computers vulnerable to penetration, Regina
Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency, told a symposium.

Nov 7, 2011

U.S. announces new push for offensive cyber arms

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s advanced research arm, which played a key role in developing the Internet 40 years ago, said on Monday it will boost efforts to build offensive cyber arms for possible use against enemy targets by the U.S. military.

“Modern warfare will demand the effective use of cyber, kinetic, cyber and combined cyber and kinetic means,” Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), told a symposium.

Nov 4, 2011

Exclusive: Arms deliveries to Taiwan lag: U.S. draft study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief bar to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several major weapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.

The 2011 annual report, under review by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, said only four of 60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, for instance, were on order as of mid-October, even though the Obama administration notified lawmakers of their planned sale to Taipei in January 2010.

Nov 4, 2011

Exclusive: Arms deliveries to Taiwan lag: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief bar to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several major weapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.

The 2011 annual report, under review by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, said only four of 60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, for instance, were on order as of mid-October, even though the Obama administration notified lawmakers of their planned sale to Taipei in January 2010.

Nov 4, 2011

Arms deliveries to Taiwan lag: U.S. draft study

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The transfer of U.S. arms to
Taiwan, the chief bar to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a
snail’s pace, at least for several major weapons systems, a
draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.

The 2011 annual report, under review by the U.S.-China
Economic and Security Review Commission, said only four of 60
Black Hawk utility helicopters, for instance, were on order as
of mid-October, even though the Obama administration notified
lawmakers of their planned sale to Taipei in January 2010.

Oct 28, 2011

U.S. moves to sell attack helicopters to Turkey

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The Obama administration formally notified the U.S. Congress on Friday of an unusual
proposal to take three AH-1W “SuperCobra” attack helicopters
from the U.S. Marine Corps inventory and sell them to Turkey.

The deal, valued at up to $111 million, would boost
Turkey’s self-defense as well as regional security and its
ability to operate with U.S. forces and other NATO members, a
Pentagon notice to lawmakers said.

Oct 28, 2011

China key suspect in U.S. satellite hacks: commission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least two U.S. government civilian satellites were interfered with four or more times in 2007 and 2008 via a ground station in Norway, and China’s military is a prime suspect, a draft of a report to Congress said.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which reported the interference, said it was “consistent with PLA doctrine,” Larry Wortzel, one of the 12 commissioners, told Reuters on Friday. PLA is short for China’s People’s Liberation Army.

Oct 27, 2011

Exclusive: U.S. considers unusual arms deal for Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is consulting Congress on an unusual proposal to transfer U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters to Turkey, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as Ankara tries to exact revenge for a major attack by Kurdish separatists.

Turkey, a NATO ally, has been seeking AH-1 SuperCobra helicopters to replace those lost in its long struggle against separatist rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Oct 19, 2011

U.S. delays Bahrain arms sale pending rights probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has told U.S. lawmakers it is delaying a planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain, a key Gulf ally, pending the outcome of a local investigation into alleged human-rights abuses since an uprising in February.

The handling of the issue is sensitive because of U.S. security interests in Bahrain, host of U.S. naval headquarters in the Gulf for more than 60 years and a pivot for U.S. efforts to deter Iran.

Oct 18, 2011

Big U.S. missile-defense deal delayed again

Oct 18 (Reuters) – The Pentagon has delayed until December
the award of a contract that could unseat Boeing Co as
the current prime contractor for the U.S. long-range missile
shield.

A team led by Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co is vying with Boeing to expand and maintain the
Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, hub of layered
antimissile protection.