National Security Brief: U.S. Warships Moving To The Pacific

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. will shift most of its naval assets to Asia within the next decade. Under the plan, 60 percent of American cruisers, destroyers, subs and other warships will be based in the Pacific by 2020.

— Der Spiegel reports that Germany is helping Israel develop submarines with nuclear-tipped missiles. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told Spiegel that Germans should be “proud” that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel “for many years.”

— The Wall Street Journal reports: “Google Inc. has begun warning users in China of certain search words that may trigger the country’s Internet censors, in its boldest challenge in two years to Beijing’s efforts to restrict online content.”

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday pressed Russia to join international efforts for a political transition in Syria. “My message to the foreign minister was very simple and straightforward,” Clinton said. “We all have to intensify our efforts to achieve a political transition and Russia has to be at the table helping that to occur.”


— Egypt’s two remaining presidential candidates tried to seize the burst of political energy on Sunday after the sentencing of ousted President Hosni Mubarak to a lifetime in prison but exonerated his sons and several senior security officials.