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In this Aug. 29, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump, left, watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. Space Command is unfurled as Trump announces the establishment of the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Space Force working on laser defenses

- The Washington Times

The Space Force is developing directed-energy weapons as a counter to space warfare threats posed by both China and Russia, according to the general in charge of the force.

In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent a record 28 fighter jets, 14 of them J-16s, towards the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the island's defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since China started flying planes towards the island last year. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)

G-7 leaders back Taiwan for first time

- The Washington Times

A statement of support by the G-7 leaders at their summit this week set off the Chinese government, which responded with stepped-up vitriol and provocative military flights in response to strong language in the group's final communique.

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.

This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  (Associated Press/File)  **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The American strategy for deterring nuclear war is outdated and needs to be revised to address more likely scenarios, such as nuclear conflict growing out of a conventional war with China or Russia, according to Paul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.