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China F-35: Secrets Stolen From US Show Up in Its Stealth Fighter.

China obtained F-35 secrets through an extensive cyber spy operation carried out in 2007 against U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin, U.S. officials and defense analysts said, and they have shown up China’s new stealth fighter jet.

Codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, the multiyear cyber-espionage operation yielded sensitive technology about the United States’ latest fighter jet which in turn was incorporated into the development of China’s new J-20 fighter, the Washington Times reported.

According to Defense officials, a Chinese military unit known as the Technical Reconnaissance Bureau (TRF), located in the nation’s Chengdu province, was behind the cyber-espionage. Once the data had been acquired, the TRF is said to have transferred it to the state-run Aviation Industry Corp. of China, which then used that stolen data in building the J-20 fighter jet, the Washington Free Beaconreported.

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Having started 10 years ago, the F-35 development program is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon that has cost $392 billion, making it the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program ever. The program’s original price tag was $233 billion; however it ballooned due to delays brought on by cost overruns.

Referred to as a “fifth-generation” warplane, the F-35 fighter jet will be replacing the popular F-16 and more than a dozen other warplanes that are currently in use by the United States and foreign governments around the world.

As of late 2013, the U.S. partner countries of Britain, Canada, Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey and Denmark, Israel, and Japan have already ordered F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin.

Also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35 is said to be the most technically-advanced plane in the United States’ arsenal with 7.5 million lines of computer code controlling its weapons system, which is triple the amount of coding currently used in the top Air Force fighter, the Government Accountability Office told The Wall Street Journal.

“You’ve seen significant improvements in Chinese military capabilities through their willingness to spend, their acquisitions of advanced Russian weapons, and from their cyber-espionage campaign,” James A. Lewis, a cyber-policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Washington Post. “Ten years ago, I used to call the [People’s Liberation Army] the world’s largest open-air military museum. I can’t say that now.”

In addition to the apparent cyber theft of secrets pertaining to the F-35’s development, China has also reportedly accessed other U.S. weapons systems, including the Patriot missile system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and the Army’s ballistic missile interceptor program.

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By Michael Mullins

NKorea OKs ‘Merciless’ Nuclear Attack Against US.

Image: NKorea OKs ‘Merciless’ Nuclear Attack Against US

Example of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor missile, seen here during the operational test on Oct. 5, 2011, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 03:18 PM

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The United States said on Wednesday it will soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the U.S. military adjusts to what U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described as a “real and clear danger” from Pyongyang.

The announcement came just hours before North Korea’s army said it had ratified an attack against the United States, potentially involving a nuclear strike, the latest in a series of provocations testing President Barack Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang.

“Some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger,” Hagel told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington.

The White House said on Tuesday Pyongyang had shown no sign of preparing its 1.2 million-strong armed forces for war.

But Hagel renewed his warnings that the U.S. military was compelled to take the threats from Pyongyang seriously.

As part of that U.S. reaction, the Pentagon said it would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, including a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles and an advanced, AN/TPY-2 tracking radar. The deployment was approved at a high-level White House meeting on Tuesday and formalized on Wednesday, one U.S. official told Reuters.

The United States already revamped its mainland U.S. missile defense plans last month and this week announced it had positioned two guided-missile destroyers in the western Pacific.

In a rare display of force during military drills with South Korea last week, the United States flew two stealth bombers on a first-of-its-kind practice bombing run over the South.

Put together, the steps imply a heightened defense posture that could become a new normal for the military in the region.

“The fact that the U.S. has taken a number of actions in the past two weeks shows that whatever package of plans we had on the shelf for enhancing deterrence and defense, we’re now deploying that,” said Victor Cha, a North Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

Hagel called America’s responses so far “measured, responsible, serious” and also said the United States was working with allies to lower tensions.

“We are doing everything we can, working with the Chinese, others to defuse that situation on the peninsula,” he said.


In Beijing, China’s deputy foreign minister met ambassadors from the United States and both Koreas to express “serious concern” about the Korean peninsula, China’s Foreign Ministry said. It was a sign that China, the North’s major benefactor, was increasingly worried about events spinning out of control.

“North Korea is a very good example of a common interest (with China),” Hagel said.

“Certainly, the Chinese don’t want a right now complicated, combustible situation to explode into a worse situation. It’s not in their interests for that to happen, certainly not in our interests or our allies’ interests.”

The rising tensions did not appear to jolt markets, long accustomed to cycles of rising tensions on the peninsula.

“I would say that people are taking it a lot more seriously than they used to,” said Steve Van Order, a fixed income strategist at Calvert Investments in Maryland.

One of the most isolated and unpredictable countries in the world, North Korea said on Tuesday it would revive a mothballed nuclear reactor able to produce bomb-grade plutonium.

North Korea has also previously threatened a nuclear strike on the United States and missile attacks on its Pacific bases, including in Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, since new U.N. sanctions were imposed over the country’s third nuclear weapons test in February.

Some U.S. officials believe Pyongyang’s bellicosity is aimed primarily at a domestic audience.

They see Kim trying to keep his vast, poorly paid army motivated with anti-U.S. propaganda and improve his status among North Korea’s largely dirt poor population by standing up to foreign enemies, even as he seeks to cement his grip on power.

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US To Move Missiles To Guam After North Korea Threats.

The Department of Defence said it would deploy the ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) in the coming weeks. Pyongyang has threatened to target South Korea and the US in recent weeks.

The state’s warlike rhetoric follows new UN sanctions and joint military drills by the US and South Korea. The THAAD system includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, together with an integrated fire control system.

The Pentagon said in a statement the missile system would be moved to Guam as a “precautionary move to strengthen our regional defence posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat”.

“The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend US territory, our allies, and our national interests,” the statement added.


“A clear and present danger…”

In recent weeks, North Korea has mentioned military bases in the US territory of Guam and the US state of Hawaii as possible targets.

“Some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks, present a real and clear danger,” said US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first major speech on Wednesday since taking up his post.

He added that Pyongyang had also threatened the interests of South Korea and Japan

The North has apparently been angered by UN sanctions imposed after a recent nuclear test. Pyongyang has escalated its warlike rhetoric amid the current round of US-South Korea military drills.

The US has recently made a series of high-profile flights of stealth fighters and nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea.

Officials have also confirmed that the USS John McCain, an Aegis-class destroyer capable of intercepting missiles, has been positioned off the Korean peninsula.

A second destroyer, the USS Decatur, has been sent to the region. source – BBC UK.

by NTEB News Desk

US Building Missile Defense Station In Qatar.

The Pentagon is building a missile defense radar station at a covert location in Qatar, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The site will be part of a system intended to defend the interests of the United States and its allies against Iranian rockets, unnamed US officials told the newspaper.

A missile defense radar station in Israel’s Negev desert. The Pentagon is building a missile defense radar station at a covert location in Qatar, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also reported that Washington was preparing for its biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Gulf in September, calling them the “first such multilateral drills in the region.”

A similar radar has existed on Mount Keren in the Negev Desert since 2008 and another is installed in Turkey as part of NATO’s missile defense shield.

In addition, officials told the Journal that US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East and South Asia, wants to deploy the first Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in the area in the coming months, possibly in the United Arab Emirates.

Tensions with Iran — which Western powers suspect of secretly striving to build nuclear weapons — are rife in the Gulf region.

An Indian fisherman was killed and three others wounded on Monday when a US navy ship opened fire on their vessel near the United Arab Emirates port of Jebel Ali in the southern Gulf.

US defense officials said the fishing boat had ignored warnings not to approach the refueling ship USNS Rappahannock, and that sailors on board the American vessel feared it could pose a threat.

The United States has warned Teheran about blocking the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, and has significantly bolstered its military presence there.

Fears of a closure of the strait — through which about a fifth of the world’s traded oil passes — intensified earlier this year after Iran threatened to close it if Western governments kept up efforts to rein in Tehran’s controversial nuclear program by choking off its oil exports.

Tehran says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only. The United States is trying to prevent military action by Israel against Iran.

In Israel on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington would use “all elements of its power” to prevent Iran going nuclear and was working in “close consultation” with Israel over how to do so.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is also expected to visit Israel in the coming weeks, according to the Pentagon. source – Yahoo News.

by NTEB News Desk

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