WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called on NATO allies to adapt to confront a wide variety of emerging threats, including Russia’s increased aggression, Chinese strategic competition and uncontrolled migration. Pompeo made the call at the opening of a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministers in Washington marking the 70th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic military alliance. He said it was important to strengthen the 29-member alliance to counter new threats from Russia, China and Iran. “We must adapt our alliance to confront emerging threats ... whether that’s Russian aggression, uncontrolled migration, cyber attacks, threats to energy security, Chinese strategic competition, including technology and 5G, and many other issues,” Pompeo said. In a 2018 strategy document, the U.S. military put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy. The NATO meeting will focus … [Read more...] about Pompeo urges NATO to adapt to emerging threats, including from China
March 14, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 13 Min. ) By Howard LaFranchi Staff writer Peter Ford Staff writer Ann Scott Tyson Staff writer Fred Weir Correspondent As the U.S. and Russia back away from the Cold War arms control regime, a new arms race looms. And this time, it wouldn’t just be the two largest nuclear powers. The recent India-Pakistan flare-up is a reminder that even regional conflicts can pose a global threat when the antagonists possess nuclear weapons. Moreover, cybersecurity risks and the specter of hacking nuclear arsenals add an element of uncertainty and instability to a post-arms control world.Still it’s largely the U.S. and Russia that are setting the tone. In February the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. More worrying still for many in the arms control community: The White House is debating whether to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction … [Read more...] about A budding nuclear threat, from more than just the usual suspects
By Song Sang-ho SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- With a new detente keeping the veneer of peace on the peninsula, South Korea has been awakened rudely to the security challenges it faces from without: muscle-flexing regional powers bent on military buildup. China's warplanes have repeatedly violated South Korea's air defense identification zone, most recently last month and some 140 times in 2018 alone. Japan posed threats to South Korean warships with menacing low-altitude flybys in December and January. Against this backdrop, Seoul's defense ministry has started to emphasize "threats from all directions" -- a relatively novel expression adopted in its latest defense white paper. "What we term 'threats from all directions' encompasses potential threats from neighboring countries as well as the existing security challenge from North Korea," a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity. "We have recently started to have some room to look outward and think about … [Read more...] about (Yonhap Feature) Amid cross-border detente, S. Korea confronts potential threats from outside
China and Russia possess cyber technologies they will increasingly unleash on U.S. companies, the military, election systems and critical infrastructure, and that poses a significant threat to national security, Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence panel in an annual hearing called the Worldwide Threat Assessment. “At present, China and Russia pose the greatest espionage and cyberattack threats,” but other countries are catching up, the director of National Intelligence told the committee Tuesday. North Korea and Iran have such capabilities too, and all these adversaries “threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways — to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure,” Coats said. North Korea poses cyber threats to financial institutions around the world, he said. Top lawmakers also highlighted the threats posed by advanced internet-enabled technologies that … [Read more...] about Spy chiefs say Chinese, Russian cyber strengths are top threats to U.S.
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. Trump’s Surprising ‘Bypass’ With President Trump expected to sign a compromise bill to keep the federal government open, and then declare a national emergency to build his border wall, James Corden mused on what would be an unprecedented action in the name of border security. “At this point in Trump’s term, what’s one more constitutional crisis? Like, we can deal with this.” — JAMES CORDEN “He’s bypassing Congress. Now, I knew that Trump might get a bypass — but honestly, I thought it would be from too much KFC.” — JAMES CORDEN Then Corden looked back to 2014, using one of Trump’s old … [Read more...] about James Corden Criticizes Trump for National-Emergency Threat