French Company Suspends Sale of Spy Satellites to Russian Military

A satellite made by Thales Alenia space of France

A French satellite company has suspended a deal with Moscow to build spy satellites for the Russian military amid U.S. concerns the satellites will contain U.S.-origin technology and violate sanctions and U.S. export controls.

The plan by Thales Alenia Space to sell the reconnaissance satellites would undermine newly imposed U.S. sanctions on Moscow for its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea earlier this year, according to U.S. officials.

Centcom: No Clear Links to Taliban in Killing of Army Two-Star

Secretary of the Army John McHugh, left, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, third from left, watch an Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

An investigation into the Afghan national police officer who shot and killed an U.S. Army general in Kabul last August found “no clear evidence” the shooter was part of the Taliban or a terrorist group, according to a U.S. Central Command report.

The report into the shooting, which killed Maj. Gen. Harold Greene and wounded 18 others during a visit to the Afghan National Defense University, stated that the shooter, Rafiqullah Tashkera was a “self-radicalized” jihadist.

Inside the Ring: China: A Cyberwarring State

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China’s strategy of large-scale cyberattacks is motivated mainly by the goal of keeping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in power, in addition to gaining economic secrets and planning cyberattacks in a conflict, according to a new report by the Center for a New American Security.

Inside the Ring: Confessions of a Panda Hugger

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William A. Reinsch, former undersecretary of commerce for export administration under President Bill Clinton, offered a surprising mea culpa in the latest annual report by the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission made public earlier this month.