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March 2012


Army Vet: 'Stubborn' Generals Stifled Afghan Conflict

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The Afghanistan war has continued to flounder due to the "stubbornness" of some American and NATO generals there, a top military analyst said Wednesday.

U.S. and Western commanders believed the 30,000 additional American troops President Barack Obama sent them in 2009 would be there permanently,

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

Source: U.S. Would Funnel Syrian Aid Through Regional Allies

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The United States would not use U.S. military forces to funnel humanitarian and other aide to rebels in Syria, says a senior Senate aide.

Obama administration officials acknowledged they are mulling whether to provide assistance to the rebels in Syria, where the United Nations says some 8,000 have ...

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

3 Issues Driving White House's Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Plans

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The top American commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, is wrapping up a week in Washington during which he previewed the Obama administration's coming deliberations about the decade-old war.

During congressional testimony, press briefings and public forums, Allen talked less about ...

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

Pentagon: All U.S. Elite Commandos in Mali 'Accounted For'

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The Pentagon confirmed Friday that all U.S. special operations forces in Mali are safe amid an attempt by rogue military forces to topple the east African nation’s civilian government.

“We do have SOF personnel in country and they’ve ceased all activity,” says a senior Pentagon official. “I don’t ...

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

Paul Ryan's Budget Slammed For Foreign Affairs Cuts

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget, unveiled this week, is drawing fire from critics who say it would cut too deeply from foreign affairs programs, taking tools from the president that they contend are crucial to national security.

"If this were to happen," says Gordon Adams, who ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
federal budget

Senate Measure Urges U.S. Help in Effort to Nab Joseph Kony

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Over 30 U.S. senators are calling on the Obama administration to step up efforts to help several African nations combat Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, introduced a bipartisan measure Tuesday aimed at supporting and boosting "efforts to capture or ...

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

Obama Administration to Allies: Pony Up for Afghan Forces

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The Obama administration is placing a big bet that indigenous security forces can combat Taliban elements and keep the peace in Afghanistan, and Washington wants a little help from its friends to finance its gamble.

Pentagon policy chief James Miller and U.S.-NATO Afghanistan commander Gen. John ...

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

GOP Lawmakers: Recent Afghanistan Incidents Are Only Distractions

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A hawkish House Republican labeled recent controversies in Afghanistan involving U.S. troops as distractions Tuesday.

"U.S. leaders--including President Barack Obama--must not be 'distracted' by cases in which the Pentagon says U.S. forces burned Korans and other holy Muslim texts," California Rep.

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

McKeon Desperately Trying to Reverse Military Budget Cuts

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While congressional Republicans are scrambling for a way to avoid additional military budget cuts, a hawkish House Republican has gone even further by vowing to restore cuts that have already been set in motion.

The Pentagon has enacted a 10-year, $350 billion cut to planned spending. If Congress ...

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McKeon, Buck
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense
federal budget

Warning Shot: Lockheed Martin CEO Warns of Mass Layoffs

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The U.S. defense sector upped the ante Wednesday in its high-stakes standoff with Congress, warning lawmakers mass layoffs are coming unless lawmakers act quickly.

Another round of defense spending cuts would "dismantle" the U.S. defense and aerospace business sector, which for decades has been "the ...

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

U.S., Afghan Lawmakers Clash Over Alleged Gunman's Trial

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The trial of a U.S. soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians should be tried by the American military -- not by Afghans, several prominent senators said Tuesday.

Sens. John Kerry and John McCain, leaders on foreign affairs and military issues in the senate, rejected calls from Afghan ...

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

General: Increasing Number of Drugs and Guns Moving Into U.S.

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While Iran and its militant allies are working to set up shop in South America, U.S. military leaders struggle to keep pace with the continent's myriad of other problems, including narcotic trafficking, gun running and smuggling illegal immigrants.

Military officials with Southern Command and ...

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gun control and gun rights
drugs
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Air Force Chief Casts Further Doubt on Syria Operation

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The top Air Force general cast further doubt Thursday over whether the United States will use air strikes to pound Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces into submission and drive him from power.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said several key questions about a U.S. military ...

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Air Force
Syria
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

As $500B Budget Cuts Loom, Desperation and Denial Overtake Defense Sector

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Spending a few hours around Pentagon and defense business officials these days requires mentally ingesting a disorienting cocktail that is one part desperation and one part denial.

Defense Department and industry officials are using ever-escalating rhetoric and floating increasingly dire scenarios ...

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

Southern Exposure: Iran, Terror Groups Setting Up Shop in South America

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Iran and Middle East-based extremist groups are stepping up their activities in South America, aiming to make friends and score cash, a senior U.S. military official says.

Tehran intends to build military drones in Washington's backyard for the Venezuelan military led by Hugo Chavez, U.S. Southern ...

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

Gen. Mattis: Iran, Al Qaeda Involved in Syria Violence

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Despite Syria receiving military assistance from Iran, the White House says it will not get involved in a military mission due to al Qaeda involvement in the country's civil war.

Syria's already robust military has been further strengthened by air defense systems, intelligence gathering tools and ...

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

U.S. Officials Keep Everyone Guessing About Iran Plans

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The top U.S. general in the Middle East says Iran is the "greatest threat" in the region, but added only an internal uprising could halt its nuclear weapons program. American military strikes would delay Tehran's pursuit of atomic weapons, but "only the Iranian people can stop this program," U.S.

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

Waste Watch: Pentagon Spent Nearly $50 Billion on Canceled Weapons

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Over the last decade, the Defense Department spent nearly $50 billion on weapon systems that will never be used by American forces, according to a new analysis.

Major Pentagon weapon programs "fail more often than not," according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, which estimates ...

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

NATO Report Suggests Taliban Attacks Are Dropping

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As senior congressional Democrats call for a faster troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the rate of successful enemy attacks on NATO troops is lower than previous winters, according to NATO data.

But some say the numbers can't be taken at face value, or used to convincingly show that, as Pentagon ...

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