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As the Obama administration presses the United Nations this week to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, it faces the stark reality that the United States has failed to meet a 2012 deadline to destroy its remaining arsenal and has never pressured its closest Middle East ally, Israel, to sign the treaty banning such weapons.
The House approved an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill this week that would block the Obama administration's plan to cut U.S. nuclear forces under the 2010 U.S.-Russia New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
It doesn't look good when the most powerful man in the world can't get his hands on one of the most wanted men in the world.
President Obama will be looking for signs from China's leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to the U.S. economy and national security.
The U.S. military could blind Syria's air defenses -- as it would need to do to establish a 'no-fly' zone over rebel held areas -- without firing a shot, using new and highly secret cyberattack capabilities, according to USA Today.
As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is poised to spell out specific trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.
As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.
High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked, so officials say the Obama administration is now considering a range of actions.
U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, a former U.S. government official said. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is threatened by a computer-based assault.
Despite several years of escalating diplomacy and warnings, the U.S. is making little headway in its efforts to tamp down aggressive Chinese cyberattacks against American companies and the government.
As Americans debate whether they are better off now than they were four years ago, there is another question with a somewhat easier answer: Are you safer now than you were when President Barack Obama took office?
Cybersecurity experts are urging senators to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.
Cybersecurity experts urged senators Thursday to close loopholes in legislation to give the government more power to force critical industries to make their computer networks more secure.
The following is an excerpt from "Bowing to Beijing" (Regnery Publishing, Nov. 14, 2011):
Fast-forward more than a decade, to 2011. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, tells the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing that the United States faces a possible "electronic Pearl Harbor." Mr. Panetta had been the CIA director for the previous two years - so he would have known.
But on the U.S. front, there is also a classic not in my backyard — or "NIMBY" — element at play, said James Lewis, the head of communications for the Washington-based Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
"If it goes to Russia, they'd be using their existing destruction facilities and that would set them back even further," he said.