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Pentagon warning Congress

The Associated press is reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that deeper defense cuts would force the Pentagon to cut back ship and construction projects, furlough civilian workers and leave the military with the smallest force since 1940. Panetta described the implications if a special congressional super-committee fails to come up with a deficit-cutting plan by Nov. 23. On top of some $450 billion in defense cuts already under way, the Pentagon would face another $500 billion in reductions.

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Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:42pm EST

Stanley Resigns

Dr. Clifford Stanley, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, a retired Marine Major General has submitted his resignation. His job was to find new talent with expertise in innovation, energy and competence. Stanley, who took office in February 2010, will leave in the next two weeks. Dr. JoAnn Rooney, currently Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as Acting Undersecretary until a successor is named.

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Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:54pm EDT

US sets up virtual embassy in Iran

The Obama administration is setting up an Internet-based embassy to reach out to Iranians hoping to broaden their understanding of the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the "virtual embassy in Tehran" will be online by the end of the year. She told the BBC's Persian-language service Wednesday the site will aim to answer questions on traveling and studying in the U.S.

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Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:53pm EDT

DOD worried about Thailand

The Pentagon has issued a statement about the flooding in Thailand. It reads, "The Secretary has expressed serious concern about the flooding in Thailand on several occasions during his current visit to the Asia-Pacific region. He offers his deepest condolences to all those who have suffered as a result. The Secretary is closely monitoring the situation and applauds the Thai government's quick response to this major natural disaster."

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Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:48pm EDT

Iranian terror hearing coming

The House Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, and the Counterterrorism & Intelligence Subcommittee are going to conduct a hearing on Iranian terror operations in the United States. Among the topics the hearing will address: Threats from the Iranian government, Iran's intentions to carry out attacks inside the United States, Iran's ties to the Western Hemisphere and the impact of sanctions against Iran and consideration of more punitive actions.

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Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:46pm EDT

US troops headed home from Iraq

It's over in Iraq. But now a new beginning is dawning. President Barack Obama has announced the war is over and all troops will be home by the holidays. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says a full U.S. troop withdrawal will allow the two countries to start a new strategic relationship in the interests of both governments. After the withdrawal is over al-Maliki says the two countries will begin talking about a "new phase" in strategic relations.

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Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:45pm EDT

U.S. Delegation arrives in Pakistan

CIA chief David Petraeus will be among an army of high-level U.S. officials with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she arrives in Islamabad on Thursday to ramp up pressure on Pakistan to do more to stop militant infiltration across the border into Afghanistan, several U.S. officials in Washington and the region told The Associated Press. In a muscular show of diplomatic force, the U.S. dispatched most of its senior national security leaders to Pakistan with what several officials described as a combined message of support and pressure.

Tags: Defense , David Petraeus

Monday - 10/31/2011, 01:38pm EDT

U.S. military will negotiate with North Korea

The Pentagon says it's going to re-open negotiations with North Korea. The focus is resuming efforts to recover the remains of some of the estimated 5,500 U.S. service members unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War. The Bush Administration stopped the recovery in 2005 because of concern about the safety of recovery teams in North Korea. No indication has been given yet as to how the security situation will be addressed.

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Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 12:51am EDT

USS Cole anniversary marked

Survivors and relatives of those killed in the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen marked the 11th anniversary of the bombing at the ship's home base in Norfolk. The ceremony comes after a Pentagon official recently approved charges that carry a possible death penalty for a Guantanamo prisoner accused of planning the attack. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is to be arraigned Nov. 9 at the U.S. military base in Cuba. The attack on the U.S. destroyer killed 17 sailors and wounded 37.

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Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 12:51am EDT

Drug Cartels getting away

Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies along the southwest border and those charged with weeding them out say they don't have the money to do it. According to the Associated Press, James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs, told a Senate homeland security subcommittee in Washington that only about one in 10 of the new hires for agency jobs are given polygraph tests, and of those, 60 percent are deemed unsuitable for employment.

Tags: technology , U.S. Customs , Border Protection's Office of Internal Affairs , Senate

Friday - 03/12/2010, 02:47pm EST
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