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25 Mar, 22 tweets, 11 min read
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on @USSOCOM & @US_CYBERCOM
"We recognize that our counterterrorism operations, while still critical to protecting Americans fro the likes of #ISIS & #alQaida, must become even more sustainable & focus on the most pressing threats" per @DeptofDefense Acting Asst Sec for Special Ops Chris Maier
"SOF continue to deter & disrupt persistent threats by terrorist & extremist organizations" per @USSOCOM Commander, Gen Richard Clarke

"20 years of this fight has honed out capability & most importantly our resolve" he says, calling SOF approaches "effective and sustainable"
"Additionally, we are well-postured within the joint force to compete against malign state influence" per @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke
"Below the level of armed conflict, SOF teams support a wide-range of US policy objectives & generate options to counter #China, #Russia & other competitors" per @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke
US has nearly 5,000 special forces in almost 60 countries, per @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke
"Adversaries are demonstrating a changed risk calculus" per @US_CYBERCOM @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA Gen Paul Nakasone

"They are undertaking malign activities in cyberspace of greater scope, scale & sophistication... US Cyber Command must continue to adapt"
#SolarWinds, MS Exchange hack-"This is a scope, a scale, a level of sophistication that we hadn't seen previously" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA

"It is the clarion call for us to look at this differently. How do we ensure we have as a nation both the resiliency & the ability to act"
NEW: "In the case of #Somalia there were as you know a lot of changes made in the last few months, including moving forces...From my perspective there are significant downsides to the pullout to cost & effectiveness" per @DeptofDefense Acting Asst Sec for Special Ops Chris Maier
Maier adds the impact of the troop pullout from #Somalia is part of the posture review currently underway by @DeptofDefense
NEW: #Afghanistan-"While progress has been made...the capabilities that the US provides for the Afghans to be able to combat the #Taliban & other threats that reside in Afghanistan are critical to their success" per @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke, who says he was there recently
NEW: "It's clear that the #Taliban have not upheld what they said they would do & reduce the violence" per @USSOCOM Commander Gen Clarke

"It is clear they took a deliberate approach & increased their violence since the peace accords were signed" he says
More: @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke says the #Taliban have not attacked US troops...
"Counterterrorism can also equate to great power competition" per @USSOCOM's Gen Clarke "in some place, like the #Philippines, where our access & placement in helping the Filipinos fight #ISIS allows us also to be involved in great power competition"
"Part of understanding our being able to see our adversaries" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA
"If we have a problem where we only see our adversaries when they operate outside of our country & we don't see them when they operate inside our country it's very difficult for us to, as I say, connect those dots" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA
"That's something that the administration & others are addressing right now" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA
#Election2020- "@US_CYBERCOM conducted more than two dozen operations to get ahead of foreign threats before they interfered with or influenced our elections in 2020" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA's prepared testimony
.@CYBERCOM_DIRNSA tells lawmakers that @US_CYBERCOM "did 11 hunt forward operations in 9 different countries for the security of the 2020 election"

#Election2020 #ElectionSecurity
"In terms of what our adversaries are doing today, our most effective response is being able too respond to what they're doing" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA

"We have a number of different ways upon which we respond" inclu. diplomatic or sanctions, he says
"This is not going be episodic" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA when asked about foreign cyber/influence operations "This is something US Cyber Command & the other combatant commands need to continue to work at"
"This is not just the department of defense...this is a whole of gvt effort" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA

"We have to operate together bcs the partnership is where the power is"

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25 Mar
Happening now: @POTUS @JoeBiden conducts his 1st news conference as president of the #UnitedStates Image
"I got elected to solve problems" per @POTUS, saying #COVID19 & the economy were the top, immediate priorities

Says he's hoping he can now begin to focus on issues like immigration, gun control - "We're going to move on these one at time"
"I think my Republican colleagues are going to have to determine whether or not we want to work together or they're going to decide the way in which they want to proceed is...continue the politics of division" per @POTUS
Read 22 tweets
23 Mar
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nomination of @USNavy Adm John Aquilino to lead @INDOPACOM
"The Indo-Pacific is the most consequential regions for America's future & remains the priority theater," per Adm Aquilino, nominated to lead @INDOPACOM

Aquilino notes presence of #Russia #China #NorthKorea & #violentextremists - 4 of top 5 defense challenges for US
Adm Aquilino now focusing on "pacing threat" from #China

Says the Us must approach #China w/"a sense of urgency"
Read 16 tweets
19 Mar
New: House Intelligence Committee Chair @RepAdamSchiff tells @CSIS @ODNIgov report on #Election2020 shows that "several agency heads...were not candid w/the country" about election meddling
Per @RepAdamSchiff, that list includes "former Atty General Bill Barr & former director of Nat'l Intelligence John Ratcliffe, his predecessor Ric Grenell, Nat'l Security Adviser O'Brien and others"
"You had top agency heads out pushing a misleading narrative in support of the president..." per @RepAdamSchiff "...deemphasizing the threat from #Russia & suggesting or affirmatively stating a falsehood, that #China was actually the bigger threat to our election"
Read 17 tweets
19 Mar
"All American share an obligation to stand up against hate in our communities" @DepSecDef Kathleen Hicks tells National War College about rising violence again Asian American community

Hicks says @DeptofDefense is committed to lead by example
#China - #Beijing has been displaying an "increased military confidence & a willingness to take risks" warns @DepSecDef Hicks
US, @DeptofDefense must be able "to demonstrate the will & capability to credibly deter PRC aggression" per @DepSecDef
Read 5 tweets
19 Mar
Conflict between #China & US increasingly likely and to deter that "a strong [US] military is the key" former US ambassador to #SouthKorea & former @INDOPACOM commander Harry Harris tells @CSIS

"It is essential"
#Beijing's buildup will have big consequences "unless we're there to head them off, not only us but our allies & partners in the region as well" per ret Amb Harry Harris
"We need to have the ability to have increased missile defense capabilities as well as an offensive missile, offensive capability" per Harris

"We need to build that out" he says, referring to threat from both #China & #NorthKorea
Read 6 tweets
18 Mar
JUST IN: Praise & congratulations for newly confirmed @CIA Director William Burns from @ODNIgov Director Avril Haines

The Senate confirmed the 64yo former ambassador by unanimous consent earlier after a weeks-long hold on his nomination was lifted
More: "We must have experienced leaders in place who are ready to grapple with these risks head-on" per Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman @MarkWarner

Dir Burns will "provide the leadership and support that the brave men & women of the @CIA deserve" he adds
Reaction to confirmation of Bill Burns by @CIA
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