National Security & Defense

Defense Secretary Panetta: End Budget Uncertainty, The U.S. Needs An “Agile And Ready” Force

February 7, 2013

“But in order to be able to effectively protect the American people and our interests abroad at a time of instability we must have an agile and ready force, and above all, we must end the cloud of budget uncertainty that is hanging over the Department and the entire U.S. government.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta Warns Budget Cuts Would Negatively Impact Military Readiness

February 7, 2013

“For the Pentagon, sequestration would mean almost $500 billion in cuts over 10 years. For 2013 alone, some $46 billion in reduced spending would result in “a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness,” Panetta said.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta Reiterates Impetus For Cyber Security

February 7, 2013

“The Pentagon set up a cyber command to practice both offense and defense on the computer battlefield. Now cyber command is expanding five-fold.”

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U.S. Military Outlines Budget Sequestration Cut Reductions

February 6, 2013

“The Army says the same forced cuts mean they will have to cut funding for counter-IED efforts, intelligence and surveillance aircraft and new soldier equipment.”

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United States Announces New Sanctions Against Iran and its State Broadcasting Authority

February 6, 2013

“Also targeted were the Iranian Cyber Police… the Communications Regulatory Authority, which the Treasury Department described as an enforcer of Internet filtering… [and] the Treasury targeted Iran Electronics Industries.”

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White House Press Secretary Carney Deflects Questions About Memo Explaining Targeted Assasinations

February 5, 2013

““I am not a lawyer and these are the kinds of things that are probably best expressed and explained by lawyers,” Carney said during the press briefing. “There are issues here about . . . feasibility of capture that I think are pertinent to that question.””

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Next Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Scheduled for February 26th

February 5, 2013

“First word of the meeting, to be held in Kazakhstan, came in comments from Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to state news agency IRNA.”

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United States and South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

February 4, 2013

“The region has also seen a boost in diplomatic activity since last month, when North Korea announced it would conduct a nuclear test to protest U.N. Security Council sanctions toughened after a satellite launch in December that the U.S. and others say was a disguised test of banned missile technology.”

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Report: North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Makes “Important Decision” at Secret Military Meeting

February 3, 2013

“Several observers in South Korea believe the nuclear test will come before Lunar New Year starts on February 10.”

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Vice President Biden: U.S. Remains Open to Direct Talks With Iran

February 3, 2013

“Any thawing of the chill between Tehran and Washington suffered another setback last month when Iran announced it would accelerate enrichment of uranium that could be used in fuel reactors as well as nuclear warheads.”

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49th Munich Conference Focuses on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Mali

February 2, 2013

“Vice President Joe Biden will meet separately on Saturday with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, UN Special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference as all sides strive for a resolution to the 22-month conflict.”

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United States: Iran’s Plans to Install Advanced Uranium Enrichment Machines a “Provocative Step”

January 31, 2013

“The White House spokesman said that installing more advanced centrifuges at Natanz would “mark yet another provocative step by Iran and will only invite further isolation by the international community”.”

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Iran Announces Plans to Install Advanced Uranium Enrichment Machines in its Main Enrichment Plant Near Natanz

January 31, 2013

“A new generation centrifuge could, if successfully deployed, refine uranium several times faster than the model Iran now has.”

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North Korea President Kim Jong-un Places the Country Under Martial Law

January 31, 2013

“In an emergency meeting of his top defence and security officials on Saturday, the North Korean leader issued a series of orders that included the conclusion of preparations for a new nuclear test, the Joongang Daily reported.”

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President Obama’s Top Advisor on “Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction” Leaving the White House

January 30, 2013

“Samore was also the point person on Obama’s 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Korea.”

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