New Al Qaeda Group Produces Recruitment Material for Americans, Westerners

English language appeals raise new concerns of future jihadist attacks in U.S.
Alhayat Media Center

Al Qaeda’s ultra-extremist Syrian offshoot known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is stepping up efforts to recruit Americans and other westerners for jihad in Syria and possibly for future domestic terror attacks, according to U.S. officials.

Leahy Holds Up Egypt’s Apache Attack Helicopters

Administration announced waiver of restrictions on delivery of Apaches in April
Sen. Pat Leahy (D., Vt.) / AP

A U.S. senator is blocking the delivery of 10 U.S. Apache attack helicopters urgently sought by the Egyptian government since last spring to battle al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai peninsula.

Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast

U.S. F-22, F-15 jets intercept four Bear H bombers near Alaska, Northern California
Russian TU-95 Bear H / AP

Four Russian strategic bombers conducted practice bombing runs near Alaska on Monday and two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft came within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.

U.S. in Talks with Snowden on Possible Plea Deal

Former NSA contractor currently in Russia
Edward Snowden / AP

Federal prosecutors recently held discussions with representatives of renegade National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden on a possible deal involving his return to the United States to face charges of stealing more than a million secret NSA documents, according to U.S. officials.

Pentagon Confirms New Chinese Long-Range ICBM Development

Cyber, space warfare efforts continue
The DF-41 / Chinese website

China is developing a new long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple nuclear warheads as part of a large-scale strategic and conventional forces buildup, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday in its annual report to Congress.

White House Relents on Sending Needed Military Aid to Ukraine

Body armor, night vision gear, radios approved after initial rejection
Ukrainian soldiers / AP

After initially denying Ukrainian military requests for key nonlethal aid, the White House on Wednesday approved urgently needed equipment for troops battling pro-Russian insurgents.

The new military assistance includes body armor, night vision goggles, and communications equipment requested by the Ukrainians, but initially rejected by the Obama administration as part of its efforts to avoid upsetting Moscow.

Congress Targets Chinese Telecom Threat

Legislation would block intel officials from working for Chinese-linked businesses
AP

Current House intelligence and defense legislation now before Congress is seeking to block U.S. intelligence officials from working for Chinese-linked companies, and also is aimed at preventing a major Chinese telecommunications firm from conducting cyber attacks against defense and intelligence networks.

Collision Course

Russian jet nearly collides with U.S. surveillance aircraft in ‘reckless’ intercept in Asia
RC-135 / Air Force

A Russian Su-27 jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Pacific northeast recently in an aerial clash not seen since the Cold War.

An Air Force RC-135 electronic intelligence jet was flying a surveillance run some 60 miles off the Russian Far East coast, north of Japan, on May 23 when the incident occurred, according to defense officials familiar with the incident.

NY Firearms Maker Kahr Breaks Ground in Pennsylvania for New Factory

Among several manufacturers leaving New York state over 2013 gun law
Kahr Firearms Group President Justin Moon (left) and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (second from left), break ground on a new factory.

One of several firearms companies upset with restrictions imposed under New York state’s latest anti-gun law broke ground last week on a new factory in central Pennsylvania as part of an exodus of gun manufacturers from the state.

Congress Funds Army’s Hypersonic Missile After Chinese Strike Vehicle Test

Defense budget crisis limits U.S. role in hypersonic arms race underway by China and Russia
An artistic rendering of a hypersonic aircraft / AP

Congress approved funding last week for the Pentagon’s advanced hypersonic missile program and expressed concerns over China’s recent test of an ultra high-speed strike vehicle designed to deliver nuclear warheads through U.S. missile defenses.