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U.S. Pacific Command
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Details of a new North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) surfaced this week with a report from Asia that U.S. spy agencies spotted what appears to be a larger long-range missile than the one now being readied for launch in the next two weeks.
Within 10 years, U.S. Pacific Command will become the military's strategic center of gravity, supplanting Central Command and its focus on al Qaeda and the Middle East as the Pentagon "pivots" toward Asia.
In a future war with the United States, China likely would first use cyberweapons to attack computer networks of U.S. forces in the Pacific rather than strike with conventional arms, according to a congressional report Thursday.
Recent congressional testimony confirmed North Korea's development of a new long-range, road-mobile missile that can reach American shores, increasing the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States.
Chinese cyberattacks and electronic intrusions into U.S. computer networks in peacetime are part of the preparations for a future high-technology war against the United States, according to the U.S. Pacific Command's new commander.
The Pentagon announced Wednesday the creation of a new office to deal with China's growing military power in Asia, and defense officials said the office represents a harsh policy rebuke to pro-China analysts who for the past 20 years sought to minimize Beijing's forces.
The Pentagon is bracing for some cutbacks in military and other cooperation efforts with China as a result of a new arms package for Taiwan, expected to be announced formally this week.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is panning the deficit compromise plan offered by so-called "Gang of Six" Senate leaders for its steep cuts in security funding.
A military prosecutor in Taiwan on Friday charged the former director of the Taiwanese military's electronic communications and information department with conducting espionage for communist China and accepting bribes from his Chinese handlers.