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CIA Director Leon Panetta is being asked retract comments that he made during an interview with the New Yorker Magazine. Talking about former Vice President Dick Cheney 's views on National Security. Panetta said "When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." Senator John MCain went on the the morning TV shows to say Panneta's comments were "totally uncalled for. Cheney's criticism came on the same day that President Obama made a major national security speech.
President Obama has asked for as much as $63 million in aid for Yemen for this fiscal year. The State Department says that's up from about $40 million in 2009. Yemen also received an additional $67 million in special funds for counter terrorism and border control efforts in 2009. Even though the Pentagon is not yet made a final decision, General David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said last week the United States would significantly increase its security assistance program for Yemen.
October 7th, 2009
Transparency and openness in government are two goals the Obama Administration wants to meet by using technology. Aneesh Chopra, the first Federal Chief Technology Officer, is challenging agencies to open their minds to using IT in new ways.
President Barack Obama told Haitians "they will not be forsaken". The United States was sending 3,500 soldiers and 300 medical personnel have been sent there to help with disaster relief and security in the wake of an earthquake that knocked the Caribbean nation to its knees. The Pentagon was also sending an aircraft carrier and three amphibious ships, and Marines. The challenge there will be long-term. Parliament, the national palace, and many government buildings collapsed and it was and many lawmakers and officials are feared dead.
Are there problems ahead for the Obama administration and Pakistan? If the current situation is any indication, there may be. The U.S. wants the Pakistanis to engage Afghan militants operating in Pakistan to assist the NATO war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan says it has its hands full with its own war. This is a serious problem, because the U.S. needs Pakistani cooperation on this in order to make its new strategy on the Afghan war to work.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev agreed the outlines of a deal to reduce their strategic nuclear warheads to 1,500-1,675 within seven years of a new treaty coming into force. The sides want to make a deal before the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) expires on Dec. 5. Both sides are already committed to reducing their arsenals to between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads under the separate Moscow Treaty (SORT) that runs until 2012.
President Barack Obama said he got the commitments he wanted yesterday from the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan. What he got were promises from them to take the fight to the Taliban and al-Qaida. The terrorist organizations are growing in stature and are becoming more brazen. At the same time the U.S. military is dealing with reports that U.S. forces accidentally killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan. In the middle of the chaos, there are reports the Taliban killed civilians and paraded them around claiming U.S. forces did it.
How safe are the nation's critical networks? Several years ago Chinese hackers were caught trying to break into sensitive government and military systems. They've progressed from that to Congress. Last year, two members of Congress said their systems had been hacked into and sensitive information destroyed. The news that they struck again --hitting the Joint Strike fighter a couple of years ago, comes as no surprise to many in the cyber world. The Obama administration is preparing to release a review of the nation's cyber security.