The legal implications mean the U.S. must take the determination into account in formulating policy toward China.
Wednesday's events shocked U.S. allies.
"Taiwan may well play a role in the growing Sino-American rivalry similar to Europe's during the Soviet-American Cold War."
With more navigable waters due to melting sea ice, the Navy's strategy refers to the region as a "Blue Arctic."
Beijing's animosity has increased dramatically since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen won election in 2016.
If this intelligence is confirmed, it would sharply escalate tensions between China and the United States.
The Navy said the destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Curtis Wilbur "conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit."
Trump's response was in sharp contradiction to comments from Pompeo about both the source and the severity of the attack.
Putin has not been shy about dropping hints that he would consider a more formal alliance with China.
China called the McCain's movements "a serious violation" of its sovereignty and security.
The deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 attracted a variety of far-right extremists who shared a devotion to Trump.
The Humvee was stolen from a National Guard Armory in a Los Angeles suburb.
The proposal to expand military exchange shopping privileges had been expected to be finalized in late 2020.
Many survivors will see at least $400 more in their Feb. 1 annuity payments.
Typically, about half of each class washes out during the final apprentice course because of its demanding nature.