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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.

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.