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Taiwan Seeks Stronger Cybersecurity Ties With US
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:51amClick here to read more
Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cybersecurity ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China.
Many hacks into Taiwan systems have been traced to sites belonging to China's People's Liberation Army, Vice Premier Simon Chang told Reuters in an interview, without elaborating on the locations.
“Taiwan has no enemy in the international community except you-know-who. Who in the world would try to hack Taiwan?” asked Chang, a former director of Asia hardware operations for Internet giant Google
US Military Faces High-Tech Recruiting Challenge
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:46amClick here to read more
The U.S. military faces a challenge recruiting people with the high-tech skills it needs for the future as those who joined after the September 11, 2001 attacks leave the service and the U.S. economy creates more jobs, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Monday.
Carter, in a speech at his former high school, said the military has to attract about 250,000 people a year just to keep up with those who retire or leave the service to pursue jobs, education and other opportunities in the civilian world.
At the same time, only about a third of the 21 million Americans age 17 to 21 are eligible to join the military, with half unable to pass the entry examination and the rest ineligible because they are unable to meet the physical fitness or character standards, he said.
What's What in Iran Nuclear Deal
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:41amClick here to read more
As a deadline nears for a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the talk centers around centrifuges, enriched uranium, and heavy-water reactors.
To understand what they are and why they matter, start with a look inside an atomic bomb. Stray bits of atom called neutrons collide with uranium or plutonium in the bomb's core, splitting the atoms apart and releasing enormous amounts of energy.
But not just any uranium will do
Turkish President Warns Iran About Trying to Dominate Middle East
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:36amClick here to read more
Turkey's president warned it will not tolerate Iran dominating the Middle East, amid growing concerns inside the country that it will be sucked into a sectarian conflict with its neighbor. Observers warn that Turkey's newly-assertive policy has risks, given that relations with most of its neighbors are strained.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Monday on those interfering in Yemen to leave, saying he was watching developments there closely. Last Thursday, Erdogan accused Tehran of having its forces in Yemen adding that Turkey would not tolerate Iran’s attempts to dominate the Middle East.
Political scientist Cengiz Aktar of Istanbul’s Suleyman Sah University said Erdogan’s comments herald a major policy change
Last Minute Twists Before China Bank Deadline
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF March 31, 2015 @ 8:30amClick here to read more
More than 40 countries have added their names to a growing list of those seeking to become founding members of China’s multi-billion dollar Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but the United States and Japan say they will remain on the sidelines.
Just days before the deadline at the end of March, Russia added its name to the list that has more than doubled since China announced its plans to build the bank late last year.
A growing number of Washington’s allies in Asia and Europe have lined up to participate, and in a last minute surprise, Taiwan announced its desire to join.