Largest Chinese Naval Drill “In 600 Years” Begins: Live-Fire Exercise In Taiwan Strait

Lets not forget this quote, which can also be found on the quotes page:

The central committee believes, as long as we resolve the United States problem at one blow, our domestic problems will all be readily solved. Therefore, our military battle preparation appears to aim at Taiwan, but in fact is aimed at the United States, and the preparation is far beyond the scope of attacking aircraft carriers or satellites.

– Chi Haotian, Minster of Defense and vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission

 

 

Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) assembled all of its most advanced warships, aircraft, and nuclear submarines for a massive show of force in the South China Sea. We explained, how the 3-day war drill from April 10 through 13 would be held in the waters south of China’s Hainan Island.

Asia Times estimates some 10,000 People’s Liberation Army airmen, marines and sailors boarded 48 naval warships and 76 aircraft to show their loyalty and devotion to President Xi Jinping, who was greeted on a destroyer “by a resounding chorus of platitudes from soldiers.” Continue reading

U.S. Military has ‘No Defense’ against Russian Nuclear Missiles, Top General Says

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who was the chief commander of the U.S. missile and nuclear warhead arsenal, told members of Congress Tuesday that Moscow’s deployment last month of at least two battalions of the SSC-8 cruise missile, also called the RK-55 Relief, violated a 1987 arms treaty and put most of Europe at risk. Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Moscow’s latest move left the U.S. and its NATO allies off guard.

We have no defense for it, especially in defense of our European allies,” Hyten told the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to the Agence France-Presse. “That system can range and threaten most of the continent of Europe depending on where it is deployed. … It is a concern and we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with it as a nation.” Continue reading

Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China’s news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) “urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order” to be ready to “win the war.”

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea – which despite last week’s decision by the Hague tribunal – deems as its own, could end in “disaster.” Continue reading

South China Sea dispute: China state paper warns of ‘war’ unless US backs down

This wouldn’t be the first time China has threatened war with the United States. Some years ago, Colonel Meng Xianging said there would be hand-to-hand combat with America within the next ten years. In 2005, Chi Haotian, Vice-Chairman of China’s military commision saying conquering America is a must for its survival and that America must be exterminated. In 2007, China also threatened to nuke the U.S. Dollar — a claim it can still make good on.

What’s more, the average American is too busy following the Kardashians to even know what’s going on outside the national borders, let alone outside their own homes.

 

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Beijing: A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that “war is inevitable” between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.

The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper the People’s Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country’s “most important bottom line”.

The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability. Continue reading

Be prepared for combat: Chinese general

A senior Chinese general has urged the army not to be slack and be prepared for any possible military combat. The remark comes amid rising tensions between China and Japan over some disputed islands.

Efforts should be made to ensure that the military is capable of resolutely performing its duty to safeguard the country’s national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity whenever it is needed by the Party and the people, said Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission.

Full article: Be prepared for combat: Chinese general (News Track India)

UPDATE 3: U.S. probes cyber attack on water system

As written in a book called “Red Dragon Rising: Communist China’s Military Threat to America” in 1999, so it has become…

Book passage:

TARGETING AMERICA: THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS

Information warfare and electronic warfare are of key importance, while fighting on the ground can only exploit the victory. Hence, China is more convinced [than ever] that as far as the PLA is concerned, a military revolution with information warfare as the core has reached the stage where efforts must be made to catch up with and overtake rivals.1 —General Liu Huaqing, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, 1995 On Wednesday night, June 16, 1999, officials at a California sanitation plant decided to check its computers for Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance. They were testing a back-up electrical system when they received a frantic midnight call from a park ranger: Raw, untreated sewage was pouring out of a manhole cover and spilling into a park.

Later it was estimated that four million gallons of sewage had been released. A computer had mistakenly closed a gate that should have remained open to control the transfer of sewage. A programmer’s error fifteen years earlier seems to have been the culprit. It cost taxpayers about $100,000 to clean up the mess.2 This is just one of a number of unfortunate accidents that have occurred as businesses and governments test for Y2K compliance. But Y2K accidents are just that—accidents. Suppose, however, that a competent and motivated hostile force was able to manipulate modern computer systems. Such a force could conceivably do the following:
• Change the dose levels in prescription medicines at pharmaceutical plants so that thousands of people would be poisoned3

• Infiltrate the manufacturing process for baby food so that the standard components would be increased by 400 percent—to toxic levels4

• Taint the processed-food industry for restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and retirement homes

• Subtly change airport radar signals so that air traffic controllers would unknowingly put passenger planes on the same flight path

• Open the electronic gates and fences at a number of jails and prisons around the country simultaneously, overwhelming law enforcement officials5

• Stage a surprise attack on many of the automated gasoline refineries in the nation, causing enormous, out-of-control fires that would inundate emergency officials and lead to immediate gasoline rationing6

• Contaminate the city water systems, turn the valves backwards at the sewer systems, shut down the electric power grid, and overload the natural gas pipeline system

• Loot bank accounts, transferring all funds overseas7

• Attack individuals’ identities, eliminating their Social Security records, Veterans Department records, driver’s license numbers, bank accounts and credit card numbers, and so on8

All of these are examples of what is known as “information warfare,” or more specifically “offensive information warfare.” Is there something to this, or is it just the product of an overactive imagination? The concept of information warfare—and in particular, offensive information warfare—is perhaps America’s most highly guarded military secret today.9 Most experts in the field believe that the United States is currently the world’s information warfare leader.10But the interconnected nature of modern American society makes the United states “the most vulnerable country in the world” for this sort of warfare, according to the former director of the National Security Agency, our premier electronic warfare agency.“Every one of the examples above has either been tried successfully or will be within the capability of hostile forces in a short period of time, and every one is of deep concern to the American government.12The problem is real.More alarming, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has the world’s largest information warfare program, after the United States.13
The article:

* Researcher cites report from Illinois State Police
* Says report shows computer was hacked from Russia
* Says water pump was damaged
* Motives of attacker unclear (Adds reaction from cyber security expert)

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Federal investigators are looking into a report that hackers managed to remotely shut down a utility’s water pump in central Illinois last week, in what could be the first known foreign cyber attack on a U.S. industrial system.

The Nov. 8 incident was described in a one-page report from the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, according to Joe Weiss, a prominent expert on protecting infrastructure from cyber attacks.

The attackers obtained access to the network of a water utility in a rural community west of the state capital Springfield with credentials stolen from a company that makes software used to control industrial systems, according to the account obtained by Weiss. It did not explain the motive of the attackers.

He said that the same group may have attacked other industrial targets or be planning strikes using credentials stolen from the same software maker.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining the matter, said DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard.

“At this time there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety,” he said, declining to elaborate further. An FBI spokesman in Illinois did not return phone calls seeking comment.

SCADA SECURITY

Cyber security experts said that the reported attack highlights the risk that attackers can break into what is known as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. They are highly specialized computer systems that control critical infrastructure — from water treatment facilities, chemicals plants and nuclear reactors to gas pipelines, dams and switches on train lines.

The issue of securing SCADA systems from cyber attacks made international headlines last year after the mysterious Stuxnet virus attacked a centrifuge at a uranium enrichment facility in Iran. Many experts say that was a major setback for Iran’s nuclear weapon’s program and attribute the attack to the United States and Israel.

In 2007, researchers at the U.S. government’s Idaho National Laboratories identified a vulnerability in the electric grid, demonstrating how much damage a cyber attack could inflict on a large diesel generator. (To see video that was leaked to CNN: here)

Lani Kass, who retired in September as senior policy adviser to the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States should take the possibility of a cyber attack seriously.
“The going in hypothesis is always that it’s just an incident or coincidence. And if every incident is seen in isolation, it’s hard — if not impossible — to discern a pattern or connect the dots,” Kass told Reuters.
“Failure to connect the dots led us to be surprised on 9/11,” she said, describing the Sept. 11, 2001 hijacking attacks as a prime example in which authorities dismissed indicators of an impending disaster and were caught unaware.

Representative Jim Lanvevin, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said that the report of the attack highlighted the need to pass legislation to improve cyber security of the U.S. critical infrastructure.

“The stakes are too high for us to fail, and our citizens will be the ones to suffer the consequences of our inaction,” he said in a statement.

Continue Reading Article: UPDATE 3-U.S. probes cyber attack on water system (Reuters)