DOTMIL

May 2012


Despite Restrictions, F-22 Fleet Is Cleared For Combat

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Flight restrictions placed on the U.S. military's F-22 fighter fleet would not stop senior Pentagon officials from sending the Lockheed Martin-made jets into war, a top official says.

After a dozen F-22 Raptor pilots reported hypoxia symptoms mid-flight, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta hit the Air ...

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

Pentagon Official: Another Iraq, Afghanistan Unlikely 'Any Time Soon'

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The United States is unlikely to engage in another lengthy ground operation like the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Obama administration and Pentagon officials "are not abandoning" the ability to do counterinsurgency operations, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton ...

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

U.S. General: As Long as Russia, China Have Nukes, So Will America

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Washington will not significantly shrink its nuclear weapons arsenal as long as Moscow and Beijing possess their own atomic arms that could target the United States, says the general who oversees America's nuclear fleet.

Senior U.S. officials do not view the Russians or Chinese "as enemies," says ...

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

Cyber Attack Talk May Outpace The Actual Threat

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The U.S. defense secretary has warned of a cyber-Pearl Harbor. The national intelligence director ranks cyber threats just behind terrorism and weapons of mass destruction on his list of top U.S. threats. But does the actual threat match those words?

[House Intel Chairman Predicts Major Cyber Attack ...

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

Experts: Egyptian Presidency Is Up For Grabs

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Egypt's upcoming presidential run-off election is shaping up as a "very competitive race" in which the status-quo candidate could defeat his Muslim Brotherhood foe, experts said.

On Friday, Mohammed Morsi, the Brotherhood candidate, advanced to a runoff election slated for next month in the north ...

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

Think Tank Calls Budget Cuts an Opportunity to Reform Military

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Despite dire warnings about U.S. military funding cuts, one prominent Washington think tank says fewer dollars give the Pentagon a chance to make sweeping changes to sustain America's warring dominance.

The Defense Department is implementing a $450 billion reduction to planned spending over the next ...

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

For Egypt's Brotherhood, Governing Will Be A Different Task

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With the Muslim Brotherhood poised to gain control over Egypt's parliament and presidency, experts are quick to note governing is much harder than political rabble rousing.

On Friday, Mohammed Morsi, the Brotherhood candidate, advanced to a runoff election slated for next month in the north African ...

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

Lockheed: F-35 Oxygen System 'Very Different' Than Troubled Sibling

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The fighter jet fleet in which the Pentagon has staked its future is equipped with a "very different" oxygen system than the one that has plagued the F-22, its Lockheed Martin sibling.

After at least 12 cases where F-22 Raptor pilots reported losing consciousness, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last ...

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

As Talks Begin, Iranian And Western Negotiators Have Opposing Goals

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Despite a proposal over Tehran's nuclear arms program being offered Wednesday in Baghdad, distance remains between Western and Iranian negotiators, indicating a deal could be months away.

Western diplomats put forth a plan where Tehran would cease enrichment of uranium to the point of 20 percent ...

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

U.S. Lawmakers Threaten Pakistan Over Bin Laden Treason Case

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Two prominent U.S. senators on Wednesday slammed Pakistani officials for handing down a harsh sentence for a doctor who helped nab Osama bin Laden, rekindling bad blood between the reluctant partners.

A Pakistani court sentenced Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison on a treason charge. McClatchy ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Pakistan
Levin, Carl
McCain, John

On Afghan Forces, Obama Secures NATO's Promises--But Not Euros

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President Obama secured agreements from Washington's NATO allies about missile defense and keeping western forces in Afghanistan through 2014. But, in a blow to the president's hopes of calling the just-concluded Chicago summit a success, it became clear on Monday that NATO leaders had balked at ...

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

Opposition Source: Brother-in-Law of Syrian President Has Been Killed

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The brother-in-law of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, who also is the troubled nation's former intelligence chief, is dead after an apparent assassination attack Sunday in Damascus, Syrian opposition leaders tell U.S. News & World Report.

The Free Syrian Army, an armed opposition group that has ...

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

NATO, Defying Russia, Moves Forward With Missile Shield

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NATO leaders have agreed to activate a new missile defense shield in three years—openly defying Moscow, which claims the system is aimed at Russian targets.

The transatlantic leaders agreed Sunday to make a sophisticated system operational by 2015 in order to "provide real protection for parts of ...

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

Obama Needs Strong Commitments to Afghanistan For Success at NATO Summit

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Securing strong commitments from some of Washington's closest allies on resources still needed in Afghanistan will make or break President Obama's chances of claiming success during the upcoming high-level NATO summit.

Highly orchestrated gatherings of dozens of world leaders often feature more ...

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

Red Menace: China Poised to Join Elite Aircraft Carrier Club

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The Pentagon has determined China soon will commission its first aircraft carrier, placing it in an elite club of seafaring nations and raising concerns about Beijing's growing global ambitions.

Dean Cheng of The Heritage Foundation says "even a limited operational capability makes China one of just ...

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

U.S. Aid For Israeli Missile Shield Not A Game Changer

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The Pentagon announced Thursday the Obama administration is sending $70 million to Israel to help it enhance its missile defense system, but it may take more than a massive check to comfort Benjamin Netanyahu, the Jewish state's hawkish top leader, when it comes to Iran.

The money comes on top of ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Israel
Iran
Netanyahu, Binyamin

Putin's Russia is Pivotal For Future U.S. Foreign Policy

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Russia is back, at least in the minds of U.S. national security leaders.

From halting Iran's nuclear program to squeezing Syria's regime to listening to President Obama's hopes for fewer nuclear arms, "Russia is the key," as one former official says.

Past-and-present Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Russia
China
Syria
Iran
Putin, Vladimir

Worries About Defense Cuts Grow As Public Sours on Pentagon Spending

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The Pentagon could draw the short straw after Election Day, when Congress returns for a lame-duck session ripe for compromises with the White House on a number of spending and tax measures.

Proponents of robust defense spending are growing increasingly concerned what is being called "taxmaggeddon"

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

NATO Summit Will Likely Produce Vague Plans on Afghanistan

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Despite ample hype about the coming NATO summit in Chicago, the powwow is unlikely to produce specific policy pacts that will make clear the alliance's plans for Afghanistan and Syria.

President Obama is set to welcome NATO and other world leaders to his hometown Saturday for three days of talks on ...

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

Former Officials: 2012 U.S., Israel Attack on Iran Unlikely

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A U.S. or Israeli military strike on Iran's alleged nuclear weapons facilities is unlikely this year, but could happen as soon as 2013, say several former senior American officials.

Election-year politics and the time-consuming nature of continued multination talks with Tehran will push into next ...

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

Panetta Selects Trusted Hand for New Air Force Chief

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta opted for a familiar ally to pilot the Air Force through its latest period of turbulence and transition, as it searches for a niche with an aging fleet in the post-9/11 era.

Panetta announced Thursday that Gen. Mark Welsh, a senior officer who worked closely with ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Panetta, Leon
Air Force

Going Dark: As CIA Boss, Petraeus Is Less Visible—By Design

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Things change when one leaves the often-brash U.S. military to run the Central Intelligence Agency, a secretive organization populated by silent professionals. That includes how often one talks to reporters when charged with keeping the lone global superpower's deepest secrets.

CIA Director David ...

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

Despite Turkish Claims, NATO Never Extended Summit Invite to Israel

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Despite claims by Turkish officials about vetoing Israel's participation in major NATO summit, a senior U.S. official says the alliance never intended to invite Israeli leaders.

The two Middle Eastern countries have been feuding for two years since Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish ship delivering ...

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

Afghanistan, Russia, and NATO's Future Should Dominate Chicago Summit

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The black clouds of the American and European economic crises will loom ominously over NATO leaders when they assemble next week in Chicago for three days of high-level talks.

But Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations and Georgetown University says NATO leaders should avoid the urge to ...

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

U.S. To Press French President-elect Francois Hollande to Reverse Afghan WIthdrawal Vow

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Concerned France's new president-elect will remove French troops from Afghanistan this year, senior Obama administration officials are headed to Paris for high-level talks.

A senior U.S. delegation is slated to depart Washington for the French capital Thursday afternoon, said Phillip Gordon,

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

Obama Takes a Swipe at Potential GOP VP Candidate With Budget Talk

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President Obama was targeting a potential GOP vice presidential candidate late Wednesday, vowing to veto a Rep. Paul Ryan-sponsored spending measure, charging it would hurt veterans, seniors and children.

 The Wisconsin Republican, who chairs the House Budget Committee, recently rolled out a ...

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

White House Calls High Seas Treaty a Tool Against Iran, Russia

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The Obama administration on Wednesday used an obscure high-seas treaty to take aim at global rivals Iran, for its threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, and Russia, for its rush to claim natural resources exposed by the Arctic ice melt, while also dangling an olive branch before a domestic rival ...

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

NATO General Calls Out U.S. Lawmakers on Taliban Stance

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A senior NATO commander said Wednesday that two U.S. lawmakers are flat wrong in their assessment that the Taliban is gaining steam in Afghanistan, insisting that the take by Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California "is contrary to everything we're ...

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

NATO Generals Warn of Failure If European Countries Withdraw Too Soon

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A top NATO official said Tuesday that the alliance was committed to helping Afghanistan's military "for the longer term," hinting that if some countries opt out, others will take their place.

French air force Gen. Sephan Abrial, who leads the alliance's modernization efforts, added that contributing ...

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

Will Austerity Woes Lead to European War?

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As the European Union struggles to regain its footing after years of ongoing economic plight, its member nations are as deeply divided as ever. While rising nationalism has some pointing to the conflicts of past eras, experts say there is scant evidence that divisions spawned by Europe's financial ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Europe
Greece
European Union

Dollars For Drones: Firms Ready Lobbying Battle Over U.S. Flight Regs

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Before the low hum of drones appear above American homes, there will come ever-louder tones from defense and aerospace industry lobbyists pushing federal officials and lawmakers to bend to their firms' wishes.

In February, Congress mandated the FAA create rules to guide domestic drone flights,

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

Bin Laden: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

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Osama bin Laden was long the most-wanted person on the planet. He was the maestro of the 9/11 attacks, and the commander of the world's most lethal and feared terrorist syndicate. Yet, documents taken from his Pakistan hideout reveal bin Laden had become anything but.

Read more about bin Laden's ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
bin Laden, Osama
al-Qaida

Gen. Martin Dempsey: Afghan Strategy Made 'Hard Slog' Inevitable

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The war in Afghanistan has dragged on for nearly a decade in large part because Washington has employed a strategy that necessitated a "hard slog," America's top general said Tuesday.

"It's taking so long because we're trying to do it right," Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told a forum in ...

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

U.S. Sees Al Qaeda as Incapable of Hitting Homeland Targets

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Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan appear primarily focused on disrupting the Afghanistan conflict, and have lost the ability to plot attacks on the U.S. homeland, intelligence officials and experts say.

The U.S. has been pressing al Qaeda's longtime core in eastern Afghanistan and western Pakistan for ...

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al-Qaida
national security terrorism and the military
military
foreign policy
Department of Defense