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Adm. Philip S. Davidson, as Indo-Pacific Command chief, organized a letter in early 2020 asking for "ammunition in the ongoing war of narratives." (Associated Press/File)

Commanders' info war request met with silence

- The Washington Times

Sixteen months after nine combatant commanders asked the director of national intelligence to help them counter Chinese and Russian disinformation, intelligence agencies have done little to respond.

The Pentagon is focusing too much on surprise nuclear attacks and not enough on scenarios with Russia or China, according to Senate testimony. (Associated Press/File)

Nuclear deterrence for China needs upgrade

- The Washington Times

The American strategy for deterring nuclear war is outdated and needs to be revised to address more likely scenarios, such as nuclear conflict growing out of a conventional war with China or Russia, according to Paul Bracken, a political science professor at Yale University.

Gen. Richard D. Clarke told the Senate Armed Services Committee how Special Operations Command is turning its focus from fighting terrorism to countering new threats from China. (Associated Press)

SOCOM fights China's disinformation

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Special Operations Command is shifting its focus from battling terrorists to fighting Chinese disinformation and preparing for a covert role in any future conflict with Beijing.

Adm. John C. Aquilino, who is on deck to lead the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, says China is advancing its military capabilities at an alarming rate. (U.S. Navy)

John Aquilino: China's military buildup accelerates

- The Washington Times

China is speeding up its large-scale military buildup with new weapons and military capabilities faster than previous estimates, the admiral likely to be the next head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command disclosed this week.

Seagate hard drives were sold to China's Huawei Technologies after the Commerce Department restricted exports of microchips or equipment containing microchips. (Associated Press/File)

Seagate chip sales to China's Huawei investigated

- The Washington Times

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, the agency in charge of monitoring compliance with export controls, is investigating the hard-drive maker Seagate Technology over a possible breach of sanctions imposed on China.

William J. Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, said China is investing heavily in artificial intelligence and machine learning. (Associated Press)

William Burns backs CIA AI to counter China

- The Washington Times

William J. Burns, the veteran diplomat tapped to be the next CIA director, says he will follow through with the agency's plans to adopt artificial intelligence technology to counter the large and aggressive activities of Chinese spies.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas W. Harker, outlining a Biden administration order, said, 'Extremist conduct is contrary to good order and discipline." (U.S. Navy)

Lloyd Austin's 'extremism' ban relayed to Navy, Marine Corps

- The Washington Times

A Navy message to all sailors and Marines outlines some of the Biden administration's thinking regarding combating radicalism within the services, following Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's call for a stand-down throughout the military on "extremism."

Sen. Marco Rubio criticized the Jan. 26 withdrawal of a Trump administration rule that would have required American schools and universities to disclose agreements with Confucius Institutes. (Associated Press/File)

Joe Biden ends Confucius Institute disclosures

- The Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security has dropped plans for a federal rule that would have required American schools and universities to disclose agreements with Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes on their campuses.

Security personnel manned the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit this week by a team from the World Health Organization. (Associated Press) **FILE**

WHO visits China lab in COVID-19 origin search

- The Washington Times

After more than a year of delays imposed by the Chinese government, a World Health Organization team probing the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic visited the suspect Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday.

A hacking unit at the National Security Agency was able to penetrate Huawei Technologies routers to steal secrets around the world. (Associated Press/File) **FILE**

NSA hacked Huawei routers

- The Washington Times

Documents leaked from the National Security Agency in 2014 revealed that the nation's premier spy service was secretly stealing electronic and other secrets by hacking Huawei Technologies telecommunications gear used widely in China and around the world.