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China adds warheads to older DF-5s

- The Washington Times

China's military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the deployment of S-400 missiles in Syria as he and other officials in Moscow escalated a war of words with Ankara after Tuesday's shootdown, which Turkey claims was justified on grounds that two Russian fighters ignored repeated warnings to change direction after entering Turkish airspace. (Associated Press)

New Russian beachhead in Syria

- The Washington Times

U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching what appears to be a buildup of Russian military forces in northeastern Syria, very close to the Turkish border.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, shows a photograph of an island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. (Associated Press/File)

Report faults Pentagon's Asia rebalance

A Pentagon-sponsored study has found that efforts to refocus U.S. policies and forces on Asian security are faltering because of an increase in Chinese high-technology weapons and instability in the Middle East.

The shift to space and information warfare is part of a major military reorganization that has been underway in China for the past several years. It's designed to transform the once ground forces-heavy PLA into a high-technology force.

China preps for space warfare

Following recent tests of anti-satellite missiles and near-space hypersonic vehicles, China's military will soon create a new Space Force within the People's Liberation Army, a sign Beijing is preparing for future space warfare.

Army Gen. General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, U.S. Forces Korea commander, still wants the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, an advanced missile system, deployed to protect U.S. and allied forces. (U.S. Army)

U.S. opposes China-Russia space arms treaty

- The Washington Times

A senior State Department official said in Beijing this week the United States will oppose a formal treaty banning weapons in space, as both China and Russia recently conducted flight tests of satellite-killing missiles.

A Minuteman III booster is lowered into the tube at a launch facility in February. Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick said three options were being considered: keeping Minuteman IIIs through 2075; building a new silo-based ICBM; and deploying a mix of Minuteman IIIs and road-mobile missile. (U.S. Air Force)

Pentagon studies new mobile ICBM

The Air Force is nearing completion of plans for the next generation land-based strategic nuclear missiles that could be deployed on difficult-to-locate mobile launchers or in tunnels.

FILE - In this May 29, 2003 file photo, sailors man the rails as the USS Theodore Roosevelt is maneuvered into it's berth at the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va. Defense Secretary Carter was flying Thursday onto the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an American aircraft carrier in the disputed waterway. Carter is using the visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt to amplify the U.S. view that China is making excessive claims that nearly all of the South China Sea as its territory.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Stealth bomber race underway

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon announced last week it is developing a new strategic bomber that will carry both nuclear and conventional weapons, as both China and Russia are engaged in similar stealth bomber programs. The U.S. bomber, currently named Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, eventually will be called the B-3 when the first aircraft are deployed in the mid-2020s.

A Russian Su-24 bomber takes off on a night combat mission in Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via Associated Press)

Inside the Ring: Russian military flights over Iraq questioned

Iraq's government has told the United States that it will not permit Russian military forces to conduct air and missile strikes inside the country. But Baghdad is allowing Russian military aircraft to overfly its territory to resupply its forces, despite a request from the United States to deny the flights.

House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, will focus his inquiries on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's failures in Libya Thursday during her testimony. (Associated Press)

China to boost Iran's weapons

- The Washington Times

House Republicans on Thursday plan on using an unexpected approach to questioning former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the much-anticipated hearing of the special congressional committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks about how the Chinese symbol for the word "people" resembles two sticks supporting each other as he speaks Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at a banquet in Seattle. Xi was in Seattle on his way to Washington, D.C., for a White House state dinner on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New details of Chinese space weapons revealed

A forthcoming report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission provides new details of China's space-weapons programs, dubbed counterspace arms, that are aimed at destroying or jamming U.S. satellites and limiting American combat operations around the world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a U.S.-China business roundtable, comprised of U.S. and Chinese CEOs, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Seattle. The Paulson Institute, in partnership with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, co-hosted the event. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)

China seeks return of 2 wanted officials

One of China's key objectives for this week's meeting between President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping is the return of two Chinese men in the United States who may have access to some of Beijing's innermost secrets.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, talks with former Chinese President Jian Zemin during a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate, in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Summit to seek expanded China military ties

Despite tensions over Chinese military cyberattacks and destabilizing island-building in the South China Sea, the Obama administration is hoping to use the visit next week by Chinese President Xi Jinping to expand military exchanges.