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January 2012


U.S., Iran Lack 'Dialogue' to Avoid a Costly Miscalculation

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U.S. and Iranian war ships have well-established ways of communication designed to avoid misreading their maneuvers and actions, but the two militaries still lack a mechanism commanders on each side could use to stave off a costly miscalculation.

As tensions between Washington and Tehran rise over ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Iran

Key Admiral Denies U.S. Sending Commando 'Mothership' to Middle East

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The admiral in charge of the Navy's fleet Tuesday denied Pentagon officials are sending a special operations "mothership" to the Middle East to give America's elite commandos a floating base in the volatile region.

Navy officials decided to overhaul the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship first ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Navy

Senior DOD Official Extends Hand to North Korea, Warns Others

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A senior Pentagon official invited North Korea's new leader to the negotiating table Monday after sternly warning other would-be foes that shrinking defense budgets do not equal an American military in decline.

"The ball is in their court" to launch new talks with Washington and four other key ...

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national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

U.S. Military Envisions More Bases Like Djibouti Facility

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A little-known U.S. military facility in the Middle East is a model for the kind of American bases President Obama's new defense strategy suggests soon will pop up around the globe, a senior Pentagon official said Monday.

[CIA Boss Petraeus Weighs In On Defense Cuts.]

The U.S. commandos who swooped ...

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military bases
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

CIA Boss Petraeus Weighs In On Defense Cuts

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The battle over declining national security dollars is officially underway, and some parts of the federal security system will take a helping hand from wherever they can find one. 

The reserve arm of the armed forces-not the Pentagon's top budget priority-got a boost Monday from what would normally ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Petraeus, David
Army
defense spending

Pentagon Faces Tough Sell on Base Closures

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Defense Department officials face an uphill battle in convincing Congress to approve several of the proposals in the next military spending plan. For instance, Pentagon brass clearly understand how tough it will be for lawmakers, in an election year, to order a new round of military base closings ...

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military bases
Pentagon
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Florida Poll: Obama Beats GOP Candidates on Foreign Policy

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Florida voters give President Barack Obama slightly better marks on handling foreign policy issues than Mitt Romney, but more feel the incumbent would handle global affairs better than New Gingrich.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released today, shows 46 percent of Florida voters feel Obama would ...

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Florida
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Pentagon: U.S. Commandos Killed 9 Somali Pirates in Rescue

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UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that the SEALs who rescued the hostages were from the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or SEAL Team VI, which was the same unit whose operators killed Osama bin Laden. The wire service also confirmed the commandos parachuted into the objective ...

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Panetta, Leon
Navy
pirates
Somalia
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Gingrich Vows to Deploy Covert U.S. Forces to Topple Castro Regime

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Newt Gingrich would deploy covert U.S. forces to Cuba to help topple the Communist regime led by Fidel Castro, the Republican presidential candidate said Monday.

The former House speaker said as president he would implement a policy "aggressively to overthrow the regime" of Fidel and Raul Castro.

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national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

House GOP Hawks Court Obama on Defense Cuts Reversal

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The House Armed Services Committee released a video just hours before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address urging the commander in chief to support a GOP bill that would void some planned Pentagon spending cuts.

In a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, several GOP House Armed Services ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Republican Party
defense spending
Pentagon

European Union Approves Tougher Iran Sanctions

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The European Union today approved a new package of sanctions designed to place new economic pressures on Iran, citing "serious and deepening concerns" about Tehran's nuclear arms ambitions.

[See a collection of political cartoons on Iran.]

The EU approved new sanctions that ban imports by member ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Iran
European Union
oil

Rep. Randy Forbes Chides White House Over Classified Strategy

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A House GOP hawk lightly panned the Obama administration Monday for failing to deliver lawmakers a sweeping-and highly classified-strategy document that is intended to shape national security decisions.

[White House Denies Iran's Charge of Secret Obama Letter.]

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), a senior ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
Panetta, Leon

NATO: No Connection Among Afghan Soldier Attacks

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Recent deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers on NATO troops are not connected and do not appear to be part of a broader campaign to undermine the U.S.-led mission there, an alliance spokesman says.

"Incidents in the recent past where Afghan soldiers have wounded or killed [NATO] members are isolated ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Afghanistan

Marines, Lockheed Handed Big Victory as Panetta Ends F-35 Probation

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta provided a major boost to Lockheed Martin and the F-35 fighter program Friday when he struck down the probation sentence that the Marine Corps' jump jet version had been under since last year. Panetta's predecessor, Robert Gates, slapped the probation sentence on the ...

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Lockheed Martin
Marine Corps
Panetta, Leon
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

White House Denies Iran's Charge of Secret Obama Letter

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The White House flatly denied a senior Iranian official's charge Thursday that President Barack Obama quietly reached out to Iranian officials about launching direct talks over Tehran's nuclear arms ambitions, a charge flatly denied by the White House.

[GOP Lawmaker to Panetta: Don't Use Marines'

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Iran
Obama administration
Obama, Barack

Pentagon to Provide Early Peek at Next Budget Plan

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The Pentagon will give Congress a sneak peek at its much-anticipated 2013 spending plan—the first to enact a $350 billion, decade-long cut—next week, which will allow lawmakers to cry foul over proposed cuts to their favorite weapon programs and bases.

[With Leaner Military, a New Focus on China.]

A ...

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national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

GOP Lawmaker to Panetta: Don't Use Marines' Punishment to Appease Allies

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A hawkish U.S. lawmaker is urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to resist tailoring a punishment for Marines who allegedly urinated on Taliban corpses just to please Washington's allies in the region.

[See a collection of political cartoons on Afghanistan.]

Senior Pentagon officials have ordered an ...

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military
foreign policy
Department of Defense
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Afghanistan
national security terrorism and the military

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