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US needs low yield nuclear weapons, @US_Stratcom Cmdr @usairforce Gen John Hyten tells #SASC hearing - "That capability's a deterrence weapon to respond the threat that #Russia in particular is portraying"
"The #Russia|n doctrine will be to use a low-yield nuclear weapon on the battlefield in case of a conventional over-match with an adversary" per Gen Hyten, citing Vladimir Putin's own words
"Our defense is deterrent capability" per @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten, when asked about threat from #Russia #China #hypersonic missiles "We don't have any defense that could deny the deployment of such a weapon against us"
"#Russia's going to have, at least in the unclassified world, at least 11 different delivery platforms for low yield nuclear weapons that they can use in different places at different times - right now we have one" per Gen Hyten on why need sub-launched low yield nukes
"When I have my intel..,translate the #Russia|n for me it is not 'escalate to deescalate,' it is 'escalate to win' and we have to deter that kind of response, That cannot be allowed" @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten says of #Russia|n doctrine & threat
US Space Force - "I think that someday we'll have a space corps, space force in this country. But I don't think the time is right for that right now," per @US_Stratcom's Gen John Hyten "But I love the fact that the president talked about space as a warfighting domain"
"I see good signs" that US moving faster to keep qualitative edge, per STRATCOM's Gen Hyten "We can do it again but we need to get out of our own way"
"As I sit hear today, #Iran is in compliance with #JCPOA" per @US_Stratcom Cmdr Gen John Hyten, asked asked about nuclear deal "But it doesn't say anything about Iran as a global sponsor of terrorism or Iran building huge numbers of ballistic missiles"
Impact of potentially pulling out of #JCPOA on #DPRK - "Any action the #UnitedStates makes sends a message to everybody on the planet" per Gen Hyten "It will sends a message to #NorthKorea. It will send messages to #Russia #China, our allies... everybody is impacted"
"That's one of the differences in deterrence in the 21st century is that it's not longer a single country problem & a single issue proble, - it impacts everybody" per STRATCOM's Gen Hyten
Not just nukes- #cyber a concern, too

"We need to have specific rules of engagement in cyber that match the other domains" per @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten "Then we need to delegate that authority all the way down so we can deal w/threats that exist that challenge the #UnitedStates"
STRATCOM's Gen Hyten says #cyber should be treated like space has been treated - talked about/viewed/considered as a warfighting domain
"War, conflict, deterrence, is against an adversary, not against a place" @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten says of #cyber "You have to take the place out of it & focus on the adversary. What is the adversary doing? How do I deter that adversary?"
"Hopefully, that allows room for our diplomats to sit down with our adversary and say, 'Is this the world you really want to live in?'" per @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten
#Russia & nukes - "They've decided that that's the most important investment they have to make as a nation & they've put the vast majority of the resources they have left into that" per @US_Stratcom's Hyten at #SASC, adds...

"Oh, by the way, #NorthKorea's done the same thing"
"We have to make a decision in the near term," warns @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten re question about #Russia & the #INF
"If they [Russia] don't come into compliance w/the INF, how long will we continue to, as you said, tie our hands"

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Aug 17, 2018
NEW: 12 former senior intel official issue statement on "ill-considered & unprecedented remarks & actions by the White House" re former @CIA Dir. @JohnBrennan

"Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless," they say
"The president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances – and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech" per statement
"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool...this action is quite clearly a signal to other former and current officials" the former intel officials say
re @POTUS revoking @JohnBrennan's security clearance
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DEVELOPING: #ISIS force strength now may be close to its peak in 2015.
As of June 2018, estimated 28,600 to 31,600 #Daesh fighters in #Iraq #Syria per IG report

US intelligence estimates had 33,000 #ISIS fighters at group's peak in 2015

h/t @nickglavin
The same report says there are about 200 #ISIS fighters in #Philippines…
#ISIS caliphate gone but it's foot soldiers remain-as many as 32,000 #Daesh in #Iraq #Syria per latest @DeptofDefense intel

At its peak US intel officials said ISIS boasted about 33,000 fighters…
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Aug 7, 2018
NEW: “I have all the authority I need” per @DeptofDefense Sec Jim Mattis when asked about countering possible #Russia info ops/#cyber attacks red #Election2018
"We all saw in 2016 what happened when the #Russia|ns & possibly others, but the Russians for certain tried to do both influence operations & actually get in & actually corrupt some of the election process" per SecDef Mattis before meeting w/#British Defense Sec @GavinWilliamson
"The adversaries may be more than just #Russia" @DeptofDefense Sec Mattis tells reporters re #election security "We are not focused solely on one country. We are focused on protecting the elections themselves"
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Aug 1, 2018
Highlights fro #Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on foreign interference via social media platforms:

"Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on" per @SenatorBurr
"It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 elections" per @SenatorBurr "Foreign actors continue an aggressive and pervasive influence campaign against the #UnitedStatesofAmerica"
Efforts like those id'd by @facebook "creating events on our streets w/real #Americans unknowingly participating" adds @SenatorBurr
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Jul 3, 2018
BREAKING: Senate Intelligence Committee issues initial findings on its assessment of the 2017 US intelligence community assessment that #Russia meddled in #Election2016 "supported by the evidence"…
MORE: Senate Intel Committee "concurs with intelligence and open-source assessments that this influence campaign was approved by President #Putin" per just issued report
re #Russia meddling with #Election2016 with eventual goal to boost @realDonaldTrump
NEW: Senate Intel Committee report backs US intelligence finding that #Russia #Putin "aspired to help" President-elect Trump - says US agencies provided intel "to support this assessment...information obtained subsequent to publication of the ICA provides further support"
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#Europe "an increasingly complex & competitive security environment," SACEUR/@US_EUCOM Commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti tells #SASC in opening statement
"Our adaptation to the environment has made significant progress...particularly under the European Deterrence Initiative" per Gen Scaparrotti, calling it "the largest reinforcement of Euro-Atlantic Defense in a generation"
Gen Scaparrotti also says @NATO alliance "is strong" and that "European allies & #Canada have turned a corner on defense spending with increases in each of the past 3 years" adding $46 billion to defense spending
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