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War Fund Bill Pending

The Senate is considering a $60 billion that incorporates $30 billion for President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan with more than $5 billion to replenish disaster aid accounts, provide Haitian earthquake relief, and make a down payment on aid to flood-drenched Tennessee and Rhode Island. The Associate Press reports the must-pass legislation is the only appropriations bill likely to advance to Obama's desk until the fall and is a tempting target for Democrats seeking to add money for a summer jobs program or to help to local school district to retain teachers.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Senate , Barack Obama , Afghanistan ,

Monday - 05/17/2010, 11:04am EDT

Computer worms evolving

About 4 years ago, computer worms began nibbling at the Pentagon's sensitive computer based information networks. One in particular managed to infiltrate computers linked to U.S. Central Command. Now it appears that original version of the worm has been improved several times over and attempting even more damaging attacks of Pentagon systems. The Chinese are commonly accused of the attack, but experts who've studied the constant assaults, they say it bears the hallmarks of Russian Intelligence.

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Monday - 06/20/2011, 12:19pm EDT

DoD to continue with drone program

Department of Defense Undersecretary Ashton Carter has told Congress that it would keep working on Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk reconnaissance drone even though it's way over budget. He notified Congress on Tuesday that the program was essential to national security and that there were no alternatives that would meet the department's requirements for less money.

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Thursday - 06/16/2011, 12:12pm EDT

Uprising paved way for counterterrorism efforts in Yemen

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent

Tags: Yemen , drones ,

Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 08:20pm EDT
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Pakistan disappoints the U.S. again

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Associated Press that the Obama administration tried to improve relations with Pakistan recently by sharing intelligence about on the locations where insurgents were suspected of making bombs, but it turned out to be a big disappointment. The two locations are in the tribal territories in northwestern Pakistan. But by the time authorities reached the facilities, the suspects had been tipped off and were gone.

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Tuesday - 06/14/2011, 02:49pm EDT

Al-Qaida leader's death a blow to East Africa groups

J.J. Green, WTOP national security correspondent

Tags: Faisal Muhammad , al-Qaida , al-Qaida in East Africa , Fazul Mohammed , Fazul Abdullah Mohammed

Monday - 06/13/2011, 07:27pm EDT
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"No one would shed a tear"

The United States and NATO are stepping up military operations against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, hoping to push him out of power to drive him from power -- or Reuters says a senior U.S. official is hoping they can kill him. The comments came after some of the heaviest bombing in Tripoli since the campaign to oust Gadhafi began. According to the Reuters report, the official said, "no one would shed a tear" if Gaddafi were to die in one of the many attacks."

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Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:49pm EDT

U.S. troops may stay in Iraq

CIA director Leon Panetta, expected to be the next Secretary of Defense told the Senate during his confirmation hearing he thinks Iraq will ask the U.S. to maintain a military present beyond the end of this year, when American troops are currently scheduled to leave. Panetta said Iraqi leaders will have to decide support they need, and for how long, in order to make sure security gains there are not lost. He said there are still about 1,000 al-Qaida insurgents in Iraq and keeping some troops in Iraq to support security forces there is a good idea.

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Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:49pm EDT

The U.S. must stay the course

The U/S has to continue its financial investment in Afghanistan. That's what the nominee to be the next Ambassador says. Ryan Crocker, who did some tough duty in Iraq said during his confirmation hearing that the multi-billion dollar commitment that now totals close to $20 billion dollars, is necessary to prevent the government there from slipping back into the state that it was when Al Qaida used it as a launching ground for terror attacks.

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Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:48pm EDT

The U.S.S. Carl Vinson makes a stop

The U.S.S. Carl Vinson is arriving in Hawaii. This is it's first port of call since it ferried Osama Bin Laden's body out to sea to be buried. The ship arrived in Pearl Harbor for a a short visit before heading home to San Diego. The aircraft carrier was deployed in the Arabian Sea last month with the Navy SEAL team carrying the body of the man who spearheaded the Sept. 11th terror attacks was brought aboard. Bin Laden's body was reportedly put in a weighted bag on the carrier, an officer made religious remarks and his remains eased into the sea.

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Monday - 06/13/2011, 01:47pm EDT
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