Commander: U.S. Military Not Ready for Cyber Warfare

Gen. Alexander tells Senate threat of major cyber attacks is growing
Gen. Keith Alexander / AP

The U.S. military is ill-prepared for waging cyber warfare and needs to bolster defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks against both military systems and private infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told Congress on Thursday.

Obama Administration Ignores Russian Nuclear Violations

Moscow’s cruise, ballistic missiles undermine ’87 treaty, experts say
AP

Russia is covertly developing and testing nuclear missiles in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the Obama administration to date has failed to hold Moscow accountable, according to arms control specialists.

End of American Military Dominance

Hagel announces steep U.S. defense cuts in aircraft, ships, troops, weapons
Chuck Hagel

President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday.

Report: Taliban Insurgency to Grow After Troop Drawdown

Al Qaeda remains entrenched in Afghanistan
Pakistani Taliban / AP

The Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan will intensify following the drawdown of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan later this year, according to a Pentagon-sponsored independent study.

Split within Al Qaeda Over Syrian Rebels Grows

Ultra-hardline splinter group gains jihadist backing
ISIS fighters in Syria / AP

Sharp divisions among al Qaeda terrorists in the Middle East are continuing despite a recent appeal by the group’s top leader to heal the rift between two warring factions.

Iconoclast Army General to Get Third Star

Army Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster receives promotion
Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, center left, hands the Maneuver Center of Excellence flag to Command Sgt. Maj. James Carabello as he assumes command of the MCoE at Fort Benning, Ga.

An Army general who in the past criticized senior Army leaders for dereliction during the Vietnam War has been promoted and will likely pin on a third star later this year.

Wireless Threat

White House, State not pressing South Korea to avoid using suspect Chinese telecom gear
AP

Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.

White House Launches Infrastructure Cyber Security Initiative

Policies intended to improve public and private security efforts
AP

The White House on Wednesday announced new policies improving public and private security efforts to protect critical U.S. infrastructures against the growing threat of cyber attacks.

Suspect Software

Belarus confirms software work for U.S. medical and insurance companies
The shadow of Kathleen Sebelius / AP

Software developed in the former Soviet state of Belarus is part of networks used by U.S. medical and insurance companies that are now part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, according to a senior official of a government technology park in Minsk.