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On September 22nd, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that someday the Chinese missiles based opposite Taiwan, and aimed at targets in Taiwan, will be removed. Wen also said relations are as good as they have ever been and should continue to focus on economics. Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou welcomed Premier Wen's statement. Chinese leaders rarely talk about military matters, and Wen's statement is as much a reminder of China's present capability to strike Taiwan with 1,000 or more ballistic missiles as it is a promise to withdraw them in the future. Evidently Wen's condition for removing the missiles was not reported in Taiwan; that condition is reunification.
The White House is trying to stop counterfeit supplies from entering the Defense Department's weapons systems, NextGov reports.
On September 24th, the Japanese Public Prosecutors Office released the Chinese fishing boat captain who had been in detention for ramming two Japanese patrol boats. Japan caved mostly because of Japanese business pressure. Chinese retaliation included postponing bilateral gas development talks, a halt to public and private exchanges, and the suspension of rare earth exports to Japan. This might be short term wise and long term foolish because it sets the precedent that Japan backed down from rightfully prosecuting a law breaker in Japanese claimed waters. The next incident will be more difficult to handle and the stakes will likely be higher.
With attrition from retirement and other factors, the Army is faced with needing as many as 500 new contracting officials almost every year for the foreseeable future. We get details on the options for dealing with that from the Army's Edward Harrington.
The Department of Energy's inspector general said DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy may have improperly hired a senior contract official and allowed officials to influence hiring by contractors, The New York Time reports.
The CIC helps enable the delivery of cyber-risk solutions by providing a collaboration space dedicated to fusing the ideas, services and technologies required to address the nation's toughest cybersecurity challenges.
This week, host Larry Allen speaks with Carrie Coogan, vice president of consulting for FedSources, about challenges confronting those entering the federal market.
September 28, 2010
International media have reported that Yemeni forces surrounded between 25 and 60 al Qaida fighters in a rural village. The surrounded militants rejected mediation efforts by local officials, setting conditions for security forces to besiege the militants in their hiding places. Later reporting indicated Yemeni forces attacked five houses in the village but found them empty. Up to 15,000 civilians have fled the fighting. The US is reported to be providing intelligence and advisory support because the US is determined to prevent al Qaida from exporting more terrorists from Yemen and from developing a base there. The impoverished Yemeni government welcomes the US aid.
House Democrats went over the heads of Homeland Security Department officials and appealed to the White House to cancel a $1 billion financial management project, NextGov reports.
Two recent developments exemplify China's expanding use of military forces in support of diplomacy and to maintain stability along borders. First, six Chinese aircraft launched long-range sudden attacks in Kazakhstan as part of ongoing simulated anti-terror exercises. On September 21st, it was reported that China approved the deployment of four military helicopters to Pakistan to assist in flood relief. The press reports are part of the public information program to test international reaction to China's having crossed another threshold as a responsible great power. The two developments spotlight China's near term strategic objective, which is dominance in Asia.