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June 2012


Afghanistan Election Could Mean 'All Bets Are Off'

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"All bets are off" in Afghanistan later this decade if a regime more corrupt than that of sitting chief executive Hamid Karzai is elected, says one U.S. military expert.

Elections slated for 2014 in Afghanistan will coincide with the final withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from the war- and ...

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

Why Is The Pentagon Unable To Keep Awards Records?

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Why the Pentagon is unable to keep complete and accurate records about former veterans' receiving the nation's highest military honors is a question currently on the minds of lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and experts.

The faulty records tidbit was buried in Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Supreme Court
Kennedy, Anthony
Congress

Ahead of Talks, U.S. Official Is Warm, Fuzzy on China

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As senior U.S. diplomats prepare for a high-level summit next month with Asian leaders, the Obama administration is sounding a warm-and-fuzzy tone toward China, its biggest rival there.

Chinese officials and state-run media in recent weeks have had harsh words for Washington. One Beijing-controlled ...

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

Skeptics Doubt Planned Defense Cuts Will Mean Massive Layoffs

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Defense industry executives and pro-military lawmakers are warning of massive layoffs if new spending cuts are triggered, but skeptics are starting to question the validity of those figures.

At issue are several studies, including one commissioned by a top defense and aerospace trade association,

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

Pressure Mounts on White House to Detail Effects Of Deep Defense Cuts

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Pressure is building on the White House to issue official figures on what would happen to the economy if $1.2 trillion in across-the-board federal spending cuts kick in next year.

Many lawmakers facing re-election along with defense industry officials are getting increasingly anxious about a second ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
OMB
defense spending

Homegrown Terrorism Attacks Still Cause For Alarm Among Intelligence Officials

Al Qaeda's core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been dismantled, but the terrorist syndicate's operatives are becoming harder for U.S. intelligence officials to track because they are scattered across the globe. As the group tries to evade the watchful eyes of the Western world, security experts ...

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

Intel Boss To Leakers: We Won't Let Up

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Washington's top intelligence official is taking more efforts to cut down on unapproved disclosures of sensitive national security data as officials scramble to end a spate of leaks about America's secrets.

For the last month, national security leaders have been chasing a handful of news articles in ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
U.S. intelligence

Hawkish GOP Lawmakers Change Tune On New Revenues

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In a sudden reversal, key hawkish congressional Republicans say they would be open to raising new revenues to stave off more Pentagon funding cuts.

Pro-military Republicans have vociferously opposed Democrats' contention that a deal to lower the federal deficit by over $1 trillion has to include tax ...

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McCain, John
McKeon, Buck
Buck, Ken
deficit and national debt
Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military

Could Falkland Islands Dispute Trigger Another Memorable Olympic Moment?

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U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos stoop atop on the 1968 Olympic medal stand in Mexico City, heads bowed and black-gloved hands defiantly thrusted skyward. It remains a seminal Olympic moment, showing how the world's premiere athletic competition in an instant can be thrust into the ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
London
Olympics
Argentina

Is Syria Becoming a Proxy War Between U.S. and Russia?

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Russian state-owned firms are supplying regime with weapons. The CIA is reportedly helping vet recipients of foreign-provided arms for opposition forces. But this isn't the Cold War. It's present day Syria.

Reports surfaced Thursday that a small number of CIA officers have been deployed to southern ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Syria
Russia
McKeon, Buck
McCain, John
Obama, Barack

Senior GOP Lawmaker Suggests Security Leaks 'Coming Right From The Top'

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One of the most powerful Republicans in the House fired a shot across President Obama's bow Thursday, saying a string of leaks about classified national security matters "are coming right from the top."

Over the last few weeks, a number of news articles have appeared in major publications detailing ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Obama, Barack
McKeon, Buck
Congress

Amid D.C. Uproar, Intel Chief Quietly Cracks Down on Leaks

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As those in the political class in Washington give piercing speeches about a spate of leaks of classified national security data, the nation's top intelligence official is quietly clamping down on would-be leakers.

Washington has been in a clamor for weeks in the wake of a list of news articles ...

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Office of the Director of National Intelligence
U.S. intelligence
Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military

Israel's Precondition for New Talks: No Palestinian Preconditions

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The Middle East's most bitter rivals should "break the ice" and open new talks aimed at the creation of a Palestinian state beside Israel--but only if the Palestinians drop certain demands, says a senior Israeli official.

In calling Tuesday for the restoration of the Middle East peace process,

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

Senior Israeli Official Lays Out Acceptable Iran Nuke Agreement

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A senior Israeli official laid out the terms Tel Aviv would accept in a deal to curtail Iran's nuclear bomb ambitions.

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, speaking at a forum in Washington, described the steps Iran must take to appease hawkish Israeli officials who want to unleash a military ...

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

Pentagon: Russia Recalls Attack Helicopter Shipment to Syria

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A Russian vessel transporting military helicopters meant for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military has reversed course and appears headed back to its home nation, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

As that shipment of attack copters is returning to Russia, the Pentagon said Moscow is preparing to send ...

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

Romney Likely to Follow Obama's Lead on China

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Should Mitt Romney become president, he likely would use the same kind of nonconfrontational approach to China that occupants of the Oval Office have used for over four decades, says one foreign policy analyst.

Since the 1970s, U.S. presidents have sought to persuade Beijing to make economic and ...

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China
deficit and national debt
Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack

Putin Flexes Muscles, Turns To 'Gunboat Diplomacy' In Syria

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Russia's threats to send two war ships to its longtime port in Syria is nothing more than "gunboat diplomacy," with the Obama administration remaining mum Monday even as critics are calling for American military intervention.

Russian media reported Monday that Moscow would send two war ships capable ...

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

In Iran Talks, Both Sides Waiting For Other To Blink

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A breakthrough is unlikely when U.S. and western officials huddle Monday with an Iranian delegation about Tehran's nuclear arms program, and experts are watching to see if either side will even give an inch.

During the last round of talks last month in Baghdad, Western diplomats put forth a plan ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Iran
Moscow
Russia
Obama administration
nuclear weapons

Pentagon Official: We're Sticking With Russian-made Helos for Afghan Air Force

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Defense officials say that helicopters from a Russian-run arms company are the Pentagon's only supply option for the Afghan air force, but a military source tells U.S. News & World Report the Defense Department is paying too much for the new choppers.

"I am furious that we are still giving money to ...

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

World Bank Chief: Asia Poised To Pounce if U.S. Fails To Deal With Debt

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World leaders are fixed on Europe, eager for clues about how the European Union's ongoing economic crisis will affect their nations' interests. But attention soon will shift to Washington, warns World Bank Chairman Robert Zoellick.

Sources say U.S. lawmakers and the White House are quietly talking ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Asia
China
World Bank
Congress

UFO Alert: Navy Drone Causes Stir in D.C. Area

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Longtime Washington, D.C., area residents are quick to advise newcomers to build in an extra 30 minutes for even the shortest of car trips. But that tip fails to account for a mysterious aircraft that some drivers mistook for a UFO.

That is what some capital city area drivers encountered late ...

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

Michigan Senator Predicts Debt Deal Before Election Day

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A senior senator predicts lawmakers will strike a deal that staves off deep defense and domestic budget cuts, saying Democrats and Republicans can rally around several issues of agreement, like avoiding a middle-class tax hike.

In partisan and cynical Washington, most lawmakers and Congress watchers ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Levin, Carl
deficit and national debt
federal taxes
taxes
tax cuts
federal budget

Might Road to Non-Nuclear Iran Run Through Brazil?

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Might the road to convincing Iran to give up its nuclear arms program go through, of all places, Brasília? World Bank Chairman Robert Zoellick thinks so.

The idea would be for Brazil to suspend its own civilian uranium enrichment program--which it once claimed an "inalienable right" to ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Brazil
Iran
nuclear weapons
UN
diplomacy

Panetta: Paying For Iraq War On Credit Was A 'Mistake'

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says financing the Iraq war with borrowed monies and no tax hikes was a mistake.

The Congressional Budget Office has put the cost of the 2003-launched campaign at over $800 billion; President Obama has said it cost $1 trillion. The Bush administration opted to finance ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
deficit and national debt
Panetta, Leon
Iraq war (2003-2011)
Leahy, Pat

Official: U.S.-China Relationship 'More Complicated' Than Was Soviet Rivalry

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A senior State Department official calls managing relations with China Washington's top foreign policy challenge, placing it ahead of combating terrorism and preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, calls the Chinese ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
China
debt
Asia
State Department
fiscal policy

Russian Helicopters to Syria a New Political Headache for Obama

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The Pentagon has no plans to suspend or cancel purchases of helicopters for Afghanistan's air force from the same Russian firm that is allegedly sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's loyalist military.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that U.S. officials ...

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

Military Will Soon Pay More For Former Soldiers Than Current Ones

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The Pentagon soon will spend more on health care and other benefits for former military personnel than on the men and women fighting today's conflicts, according to a new study.

A Bipartisan Policy Center study group composed of former defense officials is warning that in 2014 the "cost of veterans'

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
defense spending
health care

Downed Drone Could Cost Navy Nearly $200 Million

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The Navy drone aircraft that crashed in rural Maryland Monday likely will cost the military branch nearly $200 million at a time when the military's budget is shrinking.

The Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft went down near Bloodworth Island, Md. There was no injury or property ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
drones
Navy
Northrop Grumman
defense spending

US Commander: Civilian Air Strike Pact Doesn't Ban Their Use

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U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan can still call for allied aircraft to drop bombs on enemy forces inside civilian-populated areas, but only as a last resort, says a senior American general.

The Los Angeles Times and New York Times have reported NATO military commanders have agreed to limit the ...

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

India Positioning To Fill Post-US Vacuum in Afghanistan

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New Delhi's ambassador to Washington made clear Friday that India is positioning itself to fill a vacuum that will be created in 2014 when most U.S. and western troops leave Afghanistan.

From a range of economic development projects to training Afghan security officers to combating a Taliban ...

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

Lindsey Graham Backtracks on Taxes to Avoid Defense Cuts

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After raising eyebrows by initially voicing support for federal tax hikes to stave off more national defense cuts, a key pro-military senator now says he favors raising the needed revenue "without raising taxes."

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is "in favor of increased revenue, but ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Graham, Lindsey
Pentagon
taxes
Norquist, Grover
Cleveland, Grover
federal budget

U.S. 'Dissatisfied' With Pakistan's Reluctance to Quell Haqqani Network

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U.S. officials remain "extraordinarily dissatisfied" with Pakistan's unwillingness to take on an extremist group that operates from its soil, underscoring the shakiness in relations between Washington and Islamabad.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Thursday that American ...

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

Automatic Budget Cuts Could Trigger 1 Million More Unemployed Americans

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Hundreds of thousands of Americans could head to the polls in November with fresh pink slips from firms that do business with the federal government, potentially upending key races across the country.

If Congress fails to pass a broad debt reduction package this year that would reduce the federal ...

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

GOP's Graham on an Island With OK on Taxes to Limit Military Cuts

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 A key GOP senator's party-bucking support of tax increases to stave off further national defense budget cuts is being met with a lukewarm response on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a pro-military South Carolina Republican, sent ripples across Washington by telling the New ...

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

What Would It Take To Finally Nab Al-Zawahiri?

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In the wake of a U.S. drone strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's right-hand man, terrorism experts say only another brazen commando raid on Pakistani soil would be needed to nab the group's elusive commander.

U.S. officials said Tuesday a drone strike in Pakistan had killed Abu ...

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

Al Qaeda Will Miss Slain Leader's "Potent Characteristics"

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The U.S. dealt a significant blow to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri when an American drone aircraft killed his right-hand man, say terrorism experts, but they caution the group has a deep bench to fill the void.

U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that a drone strike in Pakistan killed Abu Yahya ...

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

Syrian Opposition Poised to Launch New Attacks Against Assad Regime

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Syrian opposition forces new cease fire-ending offensive will last at least several weeks, the latest sign the U.N.-brokered plan is dead, a rebel source says.

In battles over the weekend, rebel militants allegedly killed around 80 Syrian soldiers weekend. The opposition forces opted to launch the ...

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