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The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has pressured the U.S. Army War College into postponing a speech by an expert on the historical roots of Islamic terrorism. (Associated Press)

War College cancels speaker on Islam

A Muslim activist group has pressured the U.S. Army War College into postponing a speech by Ray Ibrahim, an expert on the historical roots of Islamic terrorism, after the group falsely labeled him as a racist and "Islamophobe," he said.

A 2012 discussion in which President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he was facing his "last election" and as a result would have "more flexibility" once reelected is explained in "From Cold War to Hot Peace," a book by Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. (Associated Press/File)

Obama and Russian collusion

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul provided new clues recently about a controversial open-mic comment in 2012 by President Obama, widely viewed as secret collusion to limit U.S. missile defenses.

New START extension in doubt

Senior Trump administration officials told Congress recently that the United States is reviewing whether to seek an extension of the 2010 New START strategic weapons treaty amid concerns about Russian treaty violations and China's growing nuclear arsenal.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, flanked by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford (left) and acting Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist, warned a House Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday about China's aggressive military buildup. (Associated Press)

Shanahan outlines China threat

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan told a House hearing on Wednesday that countering the threat posed by China is one of the Pentagon's highest priorities.

The Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg is funded by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, who is said to be a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press/File)

Mueller on Russian influence op

The investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow's election influence operation revealed that one of the key players involved in the scheme began the initial stages as early as 2014.

In addition to submarines, the Chinese are developing underwater aircraft carrier systems, underwater robotics and deep-sea troops as part of a buildup in waters down to 13,000 feet, military researchers said. (Associated Press/File)

China militarizing deep sea

Space and cyberspace are not the sole domains for China's growing asymmetric warfare programs. The Chinese military has another development program only recently disclosed that is part of the decadeslong buildup of weapons and forces: deep sea.

"China is in my view the greatest long-term geopolitical risk to the United States," Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a conference of China watchers. He suggested fighting back by exposing Beijing's abuses. (Associated Press/File)

Cruz on China threat

Ted Cruz warned this week that the United States is facing "perilous times" due to the growing threat from communist China.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has received a scathing indictment of poor cybersecurity in Navy computer networks. (Associated Press/File)

Navy cybersecurity faulted

An internal Navy study has faulted the sea service's failure to prevent the leaking of secrets and technology to foreign adversaries, including China and Russia.

U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks. (Associated Press/File)

Trump orders feds to prep for EMP attack

President Trump has ordered federal government agencies to harden the nation's infrastructure against potentially devastating attacks by a nuclear-bomb-produced electromagnetic pulse, or EMP.

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, security workers guard at construction site of the U.S. Consulate compound in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province. The State Department said an email notice Wednesday, May 23, 2018, that a U.S. government employee in southern China reported abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, recalling similar experiences among American diplomats in Cuba who later fell ill. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

China's acoustic cannon

U.S. intelligence and security agencies investigating the mysterious sonic attacks against American diplomatic personnel in China need to look no further than China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Former Google executive and billionaire Eric Schmidt, who was a major donor and informal presidential adviser to Barack Obama, is heading a the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a new panel led by Democrats. (Associated Press/File)

Democrats dominate artificial intelligence commission

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI), a federally appointed commission, held its first meeting Monday chaired by former Google executive and billionaire Eric Schmidt, a major donor and informal adviser to former President Barack Obama.

Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who is also commander of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), said Russia "only recently developed and deployed capabilities to threaten us below the nuclear threshold." (Associated Press/File)

New Russian missile threat to homeland

The commander of the military's Northern Command warned this week that Moscow is deploying conventionally armed missiles that for the first time are capable of striking targets deep inside the United States.

U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Bussey scans for contacts aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance in the Indian Ocean, on Feb. 4. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy)

U.S. destroyers in disputed waters

Two U.S. destroyers sailed into waters of some of China's militarized islands in the South China Sea this week in a challenge Beijing's expansive maritime claims, the Pacific Fleet said.