Pentagon Chief Asks Congress Not to Hinder Cyber Defense


U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.

Mattis Rejects Chinese Claim U.S. Warship Violated Sovereignty

James Mattis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday a Navy warship passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea was legal and did not violate China’s sovereignty as Beijing asserted.

“We stay strictly in accordance with international law, so there’s no violation of anyone’s sovereignty,” Mattis told the Washington Free Beacon during a flight from Miami to Washington.