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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had surgery on his foot, leading many to believe it led to his disappearance from public view. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korean underground missile complex detected

North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex.

NSA pinpoints China's cyberattacks

A secret National Security Agency document has revealed the massive nature of China's cyberattacks against the United States, with nearly 700 intrusions in private-sector and government networks.


Stratcom backs Iran deal

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday gave qualified support to the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA director. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Controversial Iran intel estimate revisited

- The Washington Times

One of the enduring questions about Iran's nuclear program, which could be answered under the nuclear deal reached in Vienna this month, is whether a highly debated 2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Tehran's nuclear program was accurate or off the mark.

A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 2, 2015. Two B-52s flew an approximate 44-hour roundtrip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces in the region to conduct a conventional weapons exercise and perform a low approach at RAAF Base Tindal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton)

B-52s' BAAD message to China

Two B-52 bombers conducted a nonstop, long-range simulated mission to Australia recently that is part of the Pentagon's effort to bolster allies in Asia against a growing Chinese threat.

Unlike Germany and Japan that were converted to friends from enemies after World War II, Russia has not followed a similar model. (Associated Press)

Russian nuclear threat grows

Russia is emerging as a new strategic nuclear threat to the United States, a senior member of the House Committee on Armed Services revealed on Wednesday.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss island-building with People's Liberation Army Gen. Fan Changlong during a meeting Thursday. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter's remarks suggest an Obama policy shift on China

The Obama administration appears to be in the early phase of a policy shift on China. Tougher rhetoric and policies, most recently demonstrated by remarks in Asia from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, coincide with the departures of two key officials long known for advocating more conciliatory policies toward Beijing.

Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Wednesday challenged Chinese pressure for U.S. warships and surveillance aircraft to halt all operations near disputed islands in the strategic waters that China is claiming as its sovereign maritime domain. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter: Stop China island build-up

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday forcefully called on China to halt all island construction in the South China Sea and said U.S. forces will not be pressured into halting military operations there.

Ashton Carter (Associated Press)

Obama threatens veto of defense funding shift

President Obama will veto Republican-backed legislation if it allows the Pentagon to shift funds meant for conflicts to other defense spending, to circumvent sequestration limits, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Congress on Wednesday.


Joseph Dunford next to chair Joint Chiefs?

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to defense officials familiar with internal discussions of the matter.

Before leaving office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a look at high-tech projects being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Brad Tousley demonstrated a robot that would assist wounded warriors. (Associated Press)

Gearing up for robot wars

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday outlined the Pentagon's plans for an advanced war-fighting strategy involving robot weapons and remote-controlled warfare.

Maj. Eric Geyer, an F-18 Hornet instructor with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, and Capt. Kyle Haire, also an F-18 Hornet instructor with MAWTS-1, top left, and Maj. Clint Webber, the tactical aviation department head for MAWTS-1, bottom right, train in their aircraft during the spring Weapons and Tactics Instructors' Course at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 30.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. William Waterstreet)

Marine fighter jets landing on Taiwan sends China message

- The Washington Times

The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing's rule.