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President Trump added weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of North Korea last week by approving U.S. missile strikes on Syria while hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Associated Press)

Trump-Xi summit focuses on North Korea

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged views on the assessment of North Korea's nuclear weapons program last week, and "there was mutual agreement the problem has become more urgent," a senior administration tells Inside the Ring.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 7, 2017. Gen. Selva testified alongside U.S. Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command; U.S. Navy Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson. Gen. Selva spoke about the continuing relevance of U.S. nuclear forces for our national security and the steps the Joint Force is taking to modernize and replace them. He also stated that U.S. weapons, delivery systems, the infrastructure that supports them, and the personnel who operate, monitor, and maintain them are prepared today to respond to any contingency. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Drones threatened nuclear facilities

- The Washington Times

Drone aircraft recently carried out unauthorized intrusions over Air Force and Navy nuclear facilities, and the incidents pose a growing threat, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command disclosed to Congress Wednesday.

A video shows a Russian pilot flight-testing a jet equipped with a helmet mount from what analysts say appears to be for a GoPro video camera. The U.S. Navy has been slow to adopt the technology. (Russian Defense Ministry)

U.S.-Russia helmet video gap?

Russia is using GoPro video on the helmets of its fighter pilots, while the U.S. Navy and Air Force do not routinely use helmet cameras that are needed to record the increasing number of dangerous aerial encounters. The Navy delayed for two years before meeting a Pacific Fleet admiral's request to outfit pilots with helmet-mounted video cameras. The Navy also has not released any video showing some of the recent threatening encounters with Chinese aircraft since the cameras were introduced last year.

Michael Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn (left) (Associated Press/File)

Michael Flynn and the revenge of the bureaucrats

The resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Monday was the result of a coordinated effort by current and former U.S. intelligence officials to undermine the Trump administration using the disclosure of highly classified communications intercepts.

FILE - In this file photo posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on April 25, 2015, which is consistent with AP reporting, Nusra Front fighters stand on their vehicles and wave their group's flags as they tour the streets of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria. The battle for Aleppo has gripped the world, but it is hardly the only active front across Syria. One of the next targets for the forces of Bashar Assad will probably be the heartland of rebel territory, the neighboring Idlib province. (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)

Al Qaeda resurgence

U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world.

Critics says CIA Director John Brennan, a career intelligence analyst, sharply turned the agency in a leftward direction during his tenure in Langley. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to reform intelligence

One national security priority of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is to reform the heavily bureaucratized and, to some critics, politicized U.S. intelligence community.

American military intelligence has identified a hotel complex that is serving as an ersatz headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit. China is basically hiding its operations cyberattack units in plain sight.

PLA's hacking hotel

U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit -- inside two Beijing hotels.