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The Red Threat

From attacking our cyber information infrastructure,

People's Liberation Army writings in recent years have called for the use of all means necessary, including -or particularly- information warfare, to support or advance their nation's interests.[`DoD's efforts to stave off nation-state cyberattacks begin with China <http://www.gcn.com/print/25_25/41716-1.html>`_]

and spies stealing F-16 engines and other sensitive military tech,

On a hot Florida day late in 2005, Ko-Suen "Bill" Moo was preparing for the endgame of a covert operation he'd been orchestrating for nearly two years... The cargo was costing him nearly $4 million, but it was worth it. He would clear $1 million in profit once he made the delivery to his clients, senior officials in the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Moo's package was an F110-GE-129 afterburning turbofan engine, built by General Electric to power America's latest F-16 fighter jet to speeds greater than Mach 2 (1500 mph).

...58-year-old Moo told the arms dealers who had arranged the purchase that he would soon be looking for additional engines--or even an entire F-16. But what the Chinese army wanted most of all was an AGM-129A, the U.S. Air Force's air-launched strategic nuclear-capable cruise missile. The stealth weapon, which flies at 800 miles per hour, can deliver a 150-kiloton W80 warhead to a target 1800 miles away. [`How China Steals U.S. Military Secrets <http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/3319656.html>`_]

to now blinding U.S. satellites,

China has fired high-power lasers at U.S. spy satellites flying over its territory in what experts see as a test of Chinese ability to blind the spacecraft, according to sources.

Pentagon officials, however, have kept quiet regarding China's efforts as part of a Bush administration policy to keep from angering Beijing, which is a leading U.S. trading partner and seen as key to dealing with onerous states like North Korea and Iran. [`China Attempts to Blind U.S. Satellites with Laser <http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=2121111&C=america>`_]

how far will America let China go before taking action? Does China even have the right? According to treaty, a nation does not own the space above their territory. God forbid they get testy one day and shoot one down, it'd be 1962 all over again!

Posted by Marcin on Monday, September 25, 2006 in Defense and Intelligence.

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