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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.
The Pentagon say it will give Pakistan another ten-million dollars in military assistance. Spokesman Geoff Morrell says the U.S. is also sending military assets to the region. The goal he indicated was to help alleviate suffering. Along those lines, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States was sending $110 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Pakistan as part of the administration's new hearts and minds strategy to turn people away from the Taliban.
Sec. Gates discusses the shortcomings of contracting and procurement policies
Yes, but will it work?
The death earlier this week of Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha has left open one of the most important jobs on Capitol Hill: chairman of the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. A Washington state lawmaker is the front-running candidate for the job.
Military health care premiums for retirees will be raised slightly starting Saturday and that more cost increases are on the way. According to the Associated Press, premiums haven't been raised since 1994 and still will be just a fraction of what civilians pay. Officials said Thursday that individual retirees will pay $260 annually, up from $230; and it will be $520 annually for a family, up from $460. Yearly hikes are expected in the future.
A 26-year-old Massachusetts man has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, Mass. and a U.S. citizen, also was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization -- specifically to al-Qaida -- in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.
Iraq is going to buy 18 F-16 warplanes from the U.S. This is a step forward in a still unclear discussion about what the U.S. role will be in Iraq after the U.S military drawdown is complete. U.S. military officials say Iraq is spending three billion dollars on the fighters. Iraqi and U.S. military officials contend that a more capable Air Force is a major priority. It's unclear yet whether the Lockheed Martin F-16s they are buying would be the standard A/B model or the more advanced C/D variant.