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Tags: defense spending , Department of Defense , Defense Department , defense budget , Robert Gates , John Hamre , Andrew Krepinevich , CSIS , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Center for Strategic & International Studies
Prosecutors have dismissed all charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing U.S. defense secrets, ending a four-year legal saga. During that time former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other Bush administration supporters had to take the witness stand. At the heart of Keith Weissman's and Steven Rosen's case was the question of whether secret negotiations and discussions between government officials, lobbyists and reporters are legal.
United States must do more to help Afghanistan battle the corruption undermining critical programs to rebuild the war-torn country, a top government watchdog The Associated Press reports. According to the AP, Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said Afghan officials have made repeated pleas for assistance in ensuring the billions of dollars in international aid they're receiving are spent properly. Yet graft and fraud remain significant problems even as more U.S. tax dollars flow into the country.
Now that the World Health Organization has confirmed the entire globe is on the brink of a H1/N1 pandemic. The military will play a role in dealing with it. A Pentagon spokesperson indicates the Health and Human Services department and Centers for Disease Control are spearheading the effort right now and have not necessarily asked the military for help. But if and when the request comes, a variety of options may be on the table. Including systems used to track infectious diseases and possible logistic help for medicine delivery.
The Associated Press] says Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday told Marines being deployed to Afghanistan that a U.S. victory there would look similar to progress in Iraq, but he cautioned that more civilians with skills beyond the battlefield will be needed, The Obama administration has called up 17,000 more troops to supplement the 38,000 American troops already fighting a resurgence of the Taliban. It said last month it would send several hundred citizens, from agronomists to economists, to work on reconstruction and development issues as part of the military's counterinsurgency campaign.
A hiccup in Iraq. "We're supposed to have all combat forces out of the cities by June," says U.S. military spokesman General David Perkins. But the before that can happen, Al Qaida has to be dealt with. Perkins says "We have said before, for al Qaida to win they have to take Baghdad, but in order to win they have to hold on to Mosul." They are still holding on in Mosul. Perkins says to bring the conflict to an end, Iraq's neighbors, particularly Syria, are going to have to stop allowing foreign fighters to come into Iraq.