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July 2012


Romney Camp Uses Netanyahu to Hit Obama on Sanctions

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The Romney campaign tried to downplay new sanctions announced Tuesday by the Obama administration that are aimed at convincing Iran to end its nuclear arms program.

The new economic penalties are designed to place more pressure on Tehran as it moves closer to obtaining an atomic weapon, White House ...

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

U.S. Expected To Remain Neutral In South China Sea Disputes

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As China and its neighbors bicker about rights to the profitable minerals and fossil fuels beneath the floor of the South China Sea, some say it is unlikely Washington will take a side as squabbles continue to emerge.

China has warned neighbors in recent months to refrain from conducting military ...

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

White House Touts Drops in Cocaine Colombian Production, US Consumption

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A senior White House official on Monday touted declining drug production and consumption levels, but stifled any notion the Obama administration will propose legalizing marijuana to speed the trend.

White House drug control policy chief Gil Kerlikowske says cocaine production in Colombia has dropped ...

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

U.S. Allies Have Intense Interest In Military Drones

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America's allies are extremely interested in buying U.S.-made military drone aircraft, positioning American firms well for an expected explosion of unmanned plane sales.

In his global travels, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro says he detects "an intense interest" among U.S. allies to ...

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

U.S. Official: No Evidence Of 'MANPADS Leakage' In Syria

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U.S. officials have uncovered no evidence showing the Syrian military has lost control of large numbers of portable missile launchers and other weapons, a senior State Department official says. Meantime, Washington hopes a political settlement in Libya will lead militias to turn over similar ...

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

Study Urges Panetta to Send More Marines, Attack Subs to Asia-Pacific

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A report prepared for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urges the Obama administration to beef up the U.S. military's footprint in the Pacific region by sending additional Marines, attack submarines, missiles systems, and other firepower the area.

The report includes a number of startling conclusions ...

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

At Start Of Romney Trip, Pentagon Announces Panetta to Tunisia, Egypt

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As presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney kicks off a three-country tour that will culminate in Israel to bolster his foreign policy and national security credentials, the Pentagon announced Thursday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will visit two key Arab countries before stopping in ...

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

Obama, Romney Surrogates Trade Foreign Policy Barbs

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Backers of President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are trading barbs over how America's foreign policy should be shaped even as the candidates largely focus on economic issues.

Romney surrogates charge Obama with withdrawing Washington from global leadership, selling out ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
2012 presidential election

Romney Opens Global Swing With Critique of U.K. Over Olympic Planning

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Mitt Romney began his three-nation goodwill swing in a curious manner Thursday by criticizing Washington's closest ally over what he sees as its poor planning for the Summer Olympics.

British media was humming with questions about what the presumptive GOP candidate was thinking when he told NBC News ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt

Romney Expected To Hear Candid Critiques Of Obama On Global Swing

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Mitt Romney vows to avoid publicly bashing President Barack Obama during his first overseas trip as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee—but what he will likely say behind closed doors is another matter.

Romney will be in London for the opening of the Olympic Games, then will head to Poland and ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
Israel
2012 presidential election

F-22 Ready for Duty: Jets Headed to Backyard of China, North Korea

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Sending a message to America's would-be foes in Asia, senior Pentagon officials have declared the F-22 fighter ready for duty and soon will send a squadron to Japan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is satisfied with an Air Force plan to begin removing flight restrictions on the nearly 190-plane ...

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

Pressure Intensifies for Assad To Flee Syria

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Amid reports Bashar al-Assad's forces have deployed war planes against rebel elements, a powerful White House ally on Capitol Hill says Washington should broker a deal under which the Syrian president would leave the country.

A BBC reporter embedded with Syrian rebels says regime fighter jets are ...

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

Senior Democrat: Some Security Leaks Came From White House

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A senior Senate Democrat lightly-yet-pointedly criticized the Obama White House Monday, saying bluntly that some recent national security leaks appear to have originated at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"The White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks," Senate Intelligence ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
U.S. intelligence

Obama Campaign: Romney's Foreign Trip Short on Substance

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Obama campaign surrogates Monday hammered Mitt Romney for merely criticizing the president on national security and foreign policy issues rather than offering his own policy prescriptions, challenging the presumptive GOP candidate to do just that on a major overseas trip.

On a conference call Monday ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
2012 presidential election

Department of Defense Issues Statement on Colorado Theater Shooting

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The Pentagon issued a brief statement Friday in response to the shooting in a Colorado movie theater.

The Pentagon said several military members were known to be inside the theater at the time of the massacre. One Navy sailor and two Air Force members were injured in the shooting. Another Navy ...

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

Three Ways Former SEAL's Super PAC Can Hurt Obama

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Hours after Navy SEALs took out Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said the commandos "exemplify the professionalism, patriotism, and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country." But one former SEAL-turned-Republican politician doesn't buy it, and he's targeting Obama's re-election ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack

As Smoke Clears In Syria, Confusion Abounds About Attack

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A Syrian opposition source says there are doubts in the country that a bomb attack killed four senior Syrian officials Wednesday.

Media reports from the region initially called the explosion that killed Assad's defense minister and brother-in-law the work of a suicide bomber. Later reports claimed a ...

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

GOP Ticket Could Be First in 50 Years With No Foreign Policy Experience

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Mitt Romney, a conventional presidential candidate who rarely takes big political risks, is poised to do something historically unconventional and politically risky. The presumptive GOP nominee lacks foreign policy and national security experience, but Romney appears ready to buck the 50-year-old ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election

Industry Execs: Don't Rule Out Tax Hikes to Avoid Defense Cuts

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Find a way to void deep reductions in government spending on which defense companies are dependent, and consider raising taxes to do so. That was the somewhat surprising message several industry executives delivered to lawmakers Wednesday.

Senior executives from some of the biggest firms that sell ...

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

As House Vote Looms, Prepare for a Fight on Military Cuts

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Pentagon spending cuts took center stage in Washington Tuesday, with both sides jockeying for position just one day before the House is slated to vote on a measure that would require the Obama White House to lay out its plans for the cuts.

In a preview of a fight expected to simmer until election ...

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

With Shooting, U.S. Navy Ship Sends Message to Iran, Al Qaeda

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The crew of a U.S. Navy ship opened fire Monday on a small vessel in the Persian Gulf that the Pentagon says ignored several warnings, effectively sending a deadly message to foes like Iran and al Qaeda: Don't press your luck.

The Pentagon announced Monday that the USNS Rappahannock, a fuel resupply ...

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

Survey: Majority of Voters Favor Defense Cuts

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Overwhelming numbers of Americans living in both Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning congressional districts favor slashing annual military spending, according to a new survey.

Seventy-four percent of Americans living in Republican districts say they favor cutting the Pentagon's budget, while ...

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

Four Reasons Picking Condi Rice as V.P. Could Hurt Mitt Romney

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Speculation kicked into high gear that a pillar of George W. Bush's foreign policy, Condoleezza Rice, has made Mitt Romeny's vice presidential short list when the Drudge Report reported as much late Thursday. But Democratic and Republican sources tell U.S. News & World Report that picking Rice ...

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Department of Defense
foreign policy
military
national security terrorism and the military
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
Rice, Condoleezza
Obama, Barack

Defense Firms Ignore Presidential Fight, Pour Millions Into Congressional Races

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The top U.S. weapons manufacturers are largely sitting out the 2012 presidential race, opting instead to pour millions into congressional races as the firms use campaign cash to influence lawmakers' fight over massive defense cuts.

The five biggest American arms manufacturers have donated a combined ...

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

London 2012: An Olympic-Sized Target For Terrorists

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Take the world's premier athletic spectacle. Then, place events at 100 venues across the United Kingdom. And finally, scatter tens of thousands of athletes, coaches, spectators and vendors to those sites.

What you get are the 2012 Olympic Games. You also get what security officials and would-be ...

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

Study Warns Cost of U.S. Troops 'Is Unsustainable'

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Increasingly costly benefits for U.S. troops, if left unchecked, would force the military to shed so many war fighters that it would struggle to perform even its simplest missions.

The massive cost of America's all-volunteer military is unsustainable, states a blunt report released by a Washington,

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

F-22 Taking Fire Again, One Expert Says 'Shame On Panetta'

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The Pentagon is under fire yet again after two more F-22 pilots experienced oxygen deprivation while flying in the most expensive fighter jet ever made, but the new incidents will not ground Raptors based near Iran.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger are ...

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

Lawmakers May Start Issuing Subpoenas Over National Security Leaks

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Scandals are commonplace in Washington. But rarely do political stories making headlines produce what is generally reserved for television dramas: congressionally-issued subpoenas followed by tense hearings complete with the grilling of senior White House officials.

Yet, that scene is exactly what ...

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

Study: Most Troops Say Military Paying Too Much For Lifetime Healthcare

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U.S. military personnel and their dependents believe lifetime healthcare coverage isn't worth the high price the Pentagon pays for it, preferring instead pay hikes over other potential benefits changes.

Those are but two findings in a new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments report due out ...

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

Too Early to Call Libya Election a Setback for Muslim Brotherhood

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As details of initial election results were released in Tripoli on Monday, social media and news reports were quick to declare that the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood has suffered a major setback. But one expert says it's too soon to know just how different the winning coalition will prove.

People ...

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

NSA General on Cyberattacks: 'Probability for a Crisis Is Mounting'

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Attackers of U.S. government and private-sector Internet networks are increasingly looking to inflict permanent damage, not just render them inoperable, says a senior military official.

Cyberattacks against American information networks first went from exploitative to disruptive. Now such online ...

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

Russia's About-face Could Mean Syria's Assad Is on His Way Out

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Members of Syria's opposition are headed to Moscow for high-level talks with Russian officials, a sign that the Bashar al-Assad era is nearing its end.

Syrian National Council leaders are slated to huddle with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other officials later this week, a senior ...

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

Oops: 'The President's Own' Strikes Up Romney Tune for Obama

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Even the Marine Band, considered the creme de la creme of U.S. military musicians, can have a bad day.

While it is known as "The President's Own," a subgroup of the band failed its commander in chief--and on the anniversary of America's independence of all days.

After President Obama delivered ...

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Department of Defense
military
national security terrorism and the military
Marine Corps
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt

Muslim Group Turns Up Heat on Navy Over Target Images

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Bowing to pressure from a Muslim-American advocacy group, the Navy removed images from targets at a commando training range showing a Muslim woman aiming a handgun--but the service is mum on why the images were used.

The Navy last week took down the image at a new SEAL training facility at Joint ...

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

Supply Route Deal Won't Thaw Icy U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

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The State Department's announcement Tuesday that Pakistan will reopen ground routes long used by U.S. and NATO forces to supply troops in Afghanistan signals a thaw in a relationship that entered a deep freeze over a year ago. But the deal won't resolve the remaining thorny issues between ...

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

U.S. Official: 'Narrow Priorities' in Afghanistan

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The only thing that might finally bring tangible success in Afghanistan after a decade of strategic and tactical ups and downs is a healthy dose of realism, senior and former U.S. officials insist.

The U.S. must finally "set priorities" because "we cannot do everything in Afghanistan," says Alex ...

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