Iranian fighter jets continue to pierce the skies of Iraq, according to the New York Times. As both the United States and Iran seek to shore up the government in Baghdad while eliminating its greatest existential threat, the Islamic State, both countries are also attempting to avoid looking like allies.
Ben Bissell is an analyst at a geopolitical risk consultancy and a Masters student at the London School of Economics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with majors in political science and Russian in 2013. He is a former National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution as well as a Henry Luce Scholar, where he was placed at the Population Research Institute in Shanghai, China.
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Over at the Center for a New American Security, researcher Amy Chang is out with a detailed report entitled, "Warring State: China's Cybersecurity Strategy."
As the report points out:
Devising an optimal strategy to address the challenges in the U.S.-China cyber relationship first requires an understanding of the motives, agendas, and stakeholders embedded in the process.
A little over a week after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced he was leaving his post, CNN reports that President Obama has decided on Ashton Carter, who served as Deputy Defense Secretary under both Leon Panetta and Hagel, to be his replacement.
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In Washington, analysts and pundits are continuing to pick apart the resignation yesterday of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is hosting an "online, interactive" Q&A today with Rebecca Richards, the NSA's point person for civil liberties and privacy. Users can submit their questions via Tumblr here, and Ms. Richards will answer them live beginning at 2 PM EST.
Here is the video of President Obama's remarks, followed by a few statements from Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel. The proceedings start at about 32:30.