Inside the Ring - Bill Gertz, Pentagon News - Washington Times
Skip to content

Inside the Ring

Related Articles

Soldiers demonstrate how to use a U.S.-made dual mount Stinger missiles during the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Stingers to Taiwan

Amid growing tensions between China and Taiwan over Beijing's decision to sharply increase aircraft flights along the center of the Taiwan Strait, the Pentagon is preparing to transfer Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the Taiwanese military in the coming months.

In a major review of the Pentagon, a top official called for buying more current systems, including the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, like the one seen here at a golf course in South Korea. (Associated Press)

White House eyes new intel board

The Trump administration is moving ahead with setting up the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, and a chairman and vice chairman have been selected and are being vetted for security clearances.

President Obama outlined his nuclear policy in a landmark speech in 2009 in Prague, proclaiming he would seek a "world without nuclear weapons." The forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review says his administration's calculation of setting the conditions for further cuts in global nuclear arms was a failure. (Agence France-Presse/File)

Nuclear review repudiates Obama policy

A leaked draft of the latest Nuclear Posture Review reveals that President Trump is preparing to boost U.S. nuclear weapons by developing new arms and modernizing older weapons and delivery platforms.

Chinese soldiers and children holding U.S. and Chinese flags line up on the tarmac to greet President Donald Trump as he arrives at Beijing Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. on alert for China moves

China's government is known for using high-level foreign visits to conduct tests of new military equipment such as missiles and stealth aircraft, and the White House is hoping Beijing does not conduct provocative tests while President Trump is visiting the country this week.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finalized the New START treaty in February 2011. Last month, the Uranium One case resurfaced when news reports revealed that the FBI apparently covered up information about illegal Russian attempts to lobby Mrs. Clinton. (Associated Press/File)

Uranium One and New START

Some U.S. national security officials are urging an investigation of the burgeoning Uranium One scandal to focus on whether the New START arms treaty with Russia was compromised by Moscow payoffs and not just by Obama administration policies that sought to curry favor with the Kremlin.

In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a ship carrying Chinese military personnel departs a port in Zhanjiang, south China's Guangdong Province.  (Wu Dengfeng/Xinhua News Agency via AP) (credit) **FILE**

China eyes Pakistan port

After opening its first foreign military base near the Horn of Africa, China is preparing to build a second military facility in Gwadar, Pakistan.

This undated file photo distributed on Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File) (Associated press)

Congress seeks IG probe of radio

Four members of Congress have asked the State Department inspector general to investigate whether China coerced the Voice of America into canceling a live radio interview with a Chinese dissident.

North Korea's latest missile test involved the firing of a road-mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) dubbed the Hwasong-12.

'Steering casualty' behind USS McCain collision

Investigators probing the deadly collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker last month believe the primary cause was a loss of steering control and the crew's failure to compensate.

Sinodefence.com
China is developing warheads for its new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile for use in anti-satellite weapons.

Foreign space threats grow

China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are developing weapons and other capabilities to destroy vulnerable U.S. satellites in space, according to a think tank report on foreign space threats.