DOTMIL

April 2012


Romney's Team Suggests Foreign Policy Similar To Elder Bush

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The gurus advising Mitt Romney suggest the presumptive GOP nominee would be more in line with the pragmatic George H.W. Bush than the 41st president's hawkish son on the global stage.

Romney has mostly populated his list of national security and foreign policy advisers with veterans of Washington ...

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

Thousands of US Troops Likely in Afghanistan Beyond 2014 Withdrawal Date

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While details are still sketchy, it is increasingly apparent the U.S. military will maintain a sizable force in Afghanistan after 2014, when most American troops are slated to come home.

U.S. and Afghan officials this week announced they have fashioned a sweeping strategic partnership pact under ...

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

Top Australian Diplomat: U.S.-China War Would Be 'Disastrous'

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War between China and the United States would be "disastrous" for the entire world, says Australia's top diplomat, who also suggests that a conflict between the global giants is unlikely.

As Chinese economic and military power--and its global influence--grows, U.S. analysts, lawmakers, and some ...

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

Afghan Police Force May Hold Key to Country's Stability

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U.S. leaders often say developing a strong Afghan army will be the key to stabilizing the region after Western forces leave. But one general who oversaw southwestern Afghanistan says stabilization lies in the hands of the Afghan police.

With most of the attention still focused on clashes with the ...

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

White House Denies Asking Allies to Avoid Arming Syrian Rebels

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The White House denies asking Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern allies to opt against providing weaponry to Syria's opposition forces.

A source recently told DOTMIL U.S. officials had leaned on leaders in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, requesting they avoid arming the various opposition groups that for ...

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

Deficit? What Deficit? Space Shuttle Finds Few Foes After Expensive D.C. Flyby

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There's an old adage that if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., you should buy a dog. It turns out there's another way to win friends in the capital city: Mount an iconic spaceship on an American-made airliner and cruise--low--above D.C.'s monument-studded cityscape.

The Space Shuttle Discovery ...

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deficit and national debt
NASA
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense

Next Secretary of State Unlikely to Have Clinton's Star Power

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Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton were major celebrities long before they became secretaries of state, and Condoleezza Rice had ample gravitas before becoming America’s top diplomat. But Clinton’s successor, sources say, likely will lack their star power.

It’s more likely that whomever wins the ...

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

Nuclear Weapon Test in North Korea Seen as Inevitable

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A North Korean nuclear bomb detonation is inevitable as the defiant Asian regime seeks further leverage against Washington and its allies in the region.

Experts told worried lawmakers Wednesday that President Barack Obama repeated mistakes and miscalculations made by Presidents Bill Clinton and ...

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

Official: Members of Each Military Service Involved in Colombian Prostitute Party

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The military members implicated in a prostitution scandal last week ahead of President Obama's arrival in Colombia were dog handlers and bomb-disposal experts from each armed service, a U.S. official says.

"Potentially all services may have personnel involved," says the official, adding all are ...

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

A Look at Democratic National Security Talking Points

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Sanctions, not war, will lead Iran to suspend its nuclear weapons program. Less, not more, annual military spending will keep America safe.

Those are the political talking points being served up to Democratic pundits on national security issues by one liberal-leaning Washington organization in a new ...

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

Despite Missile Failure, North Korea is Still the Big Winner

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North Korea's long-range missile might have crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff, but the defiant regime got most of what it wanted from the failed launch.

"The North Koreans certainly hope they're buying themselves more time," says Jan van Tol, a former senior White House and Pentagon ...

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

Only a 'CNN Event' Could Draw U.S. Into Syria Conflict

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With a tenuous peace settling over Syria, a former White House official says it would take powerful video images blasted on cable news of regime-orchestrated brutality to draw in the U.S. military.

Barry Pavel, a former National Security Council and Pentagon official, tells DOTMIL via Twitter the ...

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

White House Puts Security Issues on Back Burner for Summit

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The White House is stressing American efforts made in regards to economic issues with South American allies ahead of a weekend summit in Colombia, but a key GOP lawmaker wants President Obama to get tough with America's foes in the region.

Obama and 33 other heads of state from the Americas will ...

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

Former Joint Chiefs Chair Questions Giving Special Ops Boss More Sway

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A former top U.S. military officer is calling proposals to increase the autonomy of commando units to launch missions across the globe "bad for democracy."

Retired Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs during the second term of President George W. Bush, said during remarks in Washington ...

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

The U.S. Still Has More Nukes Than Russia

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The United States has hundreds more nuclear weapons deployed and aircraft capable of dropping atomic bombs than Russia, according to State Department data released Tuesday.

Under a nuclear-arms reduction pact the Cold War-era rivals struck last year, both nations are in the midst of reducing their ...

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

Muslim Brotherhood’s Rise Fans Flames of Sharia Law Fears

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As the Obama administration scurries for clues about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, analysts are split about whether the group would institute a strict brand of law known as sharia that could undercut Washington-Cairo relations.

The Brotherhood already has secured a firm grip over Egypt's new ...

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

White House to Syrian Rebels: 'You're On Your Own'

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The Obama administration has made clear in closed-door meetings that it will not take additional measures to aid Syrian rebels, even as Bashir al-Assad escalates an already bloody civil conflict.

"We're not getting one ounce of an impression that that's going to be the case," says Muna Jondy, a ...

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

Three Reasons Mr. Obama Isn't Going to Jerusalem

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Mr. Obama went to Washington, then to Cairo. But even as his likely campaign-trail foe and conservatives hammer him over his chilly relations with Israel, experts say Mr. Obama won't be going to Jerusalem any time soon. 

Strategy, politics, and precedent show why Air Force One won't be landing this ...

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

As North Sails Subs, South Korea Gives Ships OK to Fire

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Pentagon officials are closely watching four North Korean submarines that recently went to sea, prompting South Korean commanders to give their navy a green light to retaliate if fired upon.

Just days ahead of a controversial long-range rocket test and a major political conference in Pyongyang,

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

War Drums: Singapore's Defense Chief Warns of U.S.-China Conflict

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A senior Singaporean official is calling for increased American engagement in Asia, warning without it U.S.-China tensions could trigger hostilities—and possibly a war.

During a speech in Washington April 4, Singapore defense chief Ng Eng Hen repeatedly referred to the United States as a "resident ...

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

Source Says White House Never Floated Cut to Only 300 Warheads

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The White House never asked for options about shrinking the U.S. nuclear arsenal to just 300 deployed warheads, a former senior official says.

"The Pentagon was never asked to look at options for going to 300," says Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, citing conversations with Defense ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
nuclear power
nuclear weapons

Oil Prices Fueling Russia's Disruption of U.S. Foreign Policy

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A Cold War foe is proving a major obstacle to Washington's foreign policy goals, blocking sanctions on Syria and Iran, and short-circuiting efforts to build a missile shield in Europe. And so long as oil prices remain high Russia will continue its role as a thorn in Uncle Sam's side.

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

U.S., North Korea Headed for Clash Over Rocket Launch

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Pyongyang and Washington appear headed for a high-stakes diplomatic clash as the North Korea prepares to launch a new rocket—and China stands in the middle.

North Korea appears in the midst of preparing a long-range rocket for launch in a few weeks, claiming it will put a civilian satellite into ...

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