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The latest indicator came from an Israeli news report last month that revealed Israeli Defense Forces launched a large-scale program to fortify strategic facilities likely to be targeted in a conflict.

The Tel Aviv news outlet Ynetnews reported July 31 that a large number of critical infrastructure facilities that supply water, power, gasoline and communications are being hardened against attack. The project is being headed by the Home Front Command, and the security upgrade is being carried out by Israeli companies in charge of the infrastructure. All the facilities being strengthened, with reinforced concrete and other defensive measures, were identified as “strategic facilities” likely to be targeted in any military attack against Israel.

A total of 15 facilities are getting the increased defenses, and the security includes better defenses against anticipated cyber attacks.

Iran has medium-range missiles that can reach Israel and is said to be developing cyber warfare attack capabilities.

CHINESE MILITARY VISIT CRITICIZED

A senior House Republican on Wednesday criticized the Army’s current hosting of a Chinese military visit as akin to allowing a Nazi leader to visit U.S. military bases during World War II.

“This is equivalent to inviting Hermann Goering to visit American air bases in order to further a spirit of cooperation between the U.S. and Nazi Germany,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on government oversight and investigations. Goering was founder of the Nazi Gestapo and ran Nazi Germany’s economic planning until the regime was defeated in World War II.

Mr. Rohrabacher was referring to the visit by Chinese Lt. Gen. Cai Yingting, deputy chief of staff for the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army, and a group of four other PLA generals, who will visit three Army bases this week.

“He doesn’t have to visit to understand what’s going on. All the Chinese hackers who bombard the Pentagon on a daily basis can give him that information,” Mr. Rohrabacher said of Gen. Cai.

The military exchange began Monday and ends Aug. 28. It is part of the Pentagon’s efforts to develop closer ties to a Chinese military that, in published military writings, routinely identifies the United States and especially the U.S. military as its main enemy.

Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry said Gen. Cai will visit Army bases in Texas, Missouri and Hawaii before coming to the Pentagon. The visitors will “see Army capabilities and discuss issues of mutual interest with Army senior leaders,” Col. Kageleiry said.

“The United States and China have individual and shared economic and security interests in establishing a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive framework for our bilateral relationship,” she said. “Transparency and reciprocity are the foundation of a sustained, reliable, and meaningful military-to-military relationship.”

“Transparency” is Pentagon-speak for U.S. efforts to penetrate excessive Chinese military secrecy, a major stumbling block in the military exchange program. China in past talks has refused to disclose information about its key strategic nuclear and conventional weapons, such as its growing arsenal of ballistic missiles, its increasing warhead stockpile and its asymmetric weaponry, including anti-satellite weapons, anti-ship ballistic missiles and cyberwarfare capabilities.

The Chinese military visit also comes amid growing tensions between China and the United States and its Asia allies. The State Department recently criticized China’s setting up a new military garrison aimed at the South China Sea, prompting an angry response from Beijing to “immediately correct the wrong behavior.”

China’s government also let loose throngs of Chinese nationalists around the country who protested the visit to Japan’s Senkaku Islands by Japanese nationalists.

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