National Security & Defense

NATO Chief: Defense Spending Cuts Could Endanger NATO’s “Military Power and Global Influence”

January 30, 2013

“Anders Fogh Rasmussen is also expected to warn in his annual report, due out later on Thursday, that too deep defense cuts could worsen the West’s economic crisis by weakening defense industries that are key drivers of innovation, jobs and exports.”

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Military Experts: Third North Korea Nuclear Test Likely To Occur Undetected

January 29, 2013

“In all likelihood the first word of the test will come from Pyongyang itself, just as it happened when the country conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.”

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Israel Finance Chief Expects “Moderate But Significant” Defense Spending Cuts

January 28, 2013

“In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Steinitz, a leading member of the weakened Likud party of hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also said there are no plans to further raise taxes in order to hit a deficit target of 3 percent of economic output.”

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Russian Foreign Minister: Iran and Western Powers Must “Stop Behaving Like Little Children”

January 28, 2013

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Iran and the West should stop behaving “like little children” and agree on where to hold talks on Tehran’s nuclear program that were supposed to take place this month.”

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U.S. Envoy Urges North Korea to Cancel Plans to Conduct a Third Nuclear Test

January 28, 2013

“North Korea’s top governing body warned last Thursday the regime would conduct another nuclear test. It said its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads and are capable of striking the U.S.”

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U.S. Defense Department Approves Massive Expansion of Cybersecurity Force

January 27, 2013

“The move, requested by the head of the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, is part of an effort to turn an organization that has focused largely on defensive measures into the equivalent of an Internet-era fighting force.”

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Satellite Photos: North Korea Preparing, Almost Ready to Conduct a Third Nuclear Test

January 25, 2013

“The North said a nuclear test was part of “upcoming” action but did not say exactly when or where it would take place.”

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano: “Cyber 9/11″ Could Happen “Imminently”

January 25, 2013

“She urged Congress to pass legislation governing cyber security so the government could share information with the private sector to prevent an attack on infrastructure, much of which is privately owned.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry on Iran: It Is Not Hard To Prove A Peaceful Program

January 24, 2013

“”President Obama has stated again and again, he prefers a diplomatic resolution to this challenge, and I will work to give diplomacy every effort to succeed. But no one should mistake our resolve to reduce the nuclear threat.”"

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White House: North Korea Threats Are “Needlessly Provocative”

January 24, 2013

“White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters any such action by North Korea would violate U.N. resolutions and would increase Pyongyang’s diplomatic isolation.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry: Our Policy on Iran is not Containment. It is Prevention

January 24, 2013

“Senator John Kerry stressed the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons as he described the “immediate, dangerous challenges” for the nation that he will deal with if confirmed as secretary of state.”

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North Korea Announces Third Nuclear Test and Further Rocket Launches “That Would Target the United States”

January 24, 2013

“The announcement by the country’s top military body came a day after the United Nations Security Council agreed a U.S.-backed resolution to censure and sanction the country for a rocket launch in December that breached U.N. rules.”

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U.S. Air Force Top General: Sexual Misconduct is a “Cancer”

January 23, 2013

“The Air Force officer’s remarks came as the House Armed Services Committee held its first ever hearing on the sex scandal involving 32 military training instructors who allegedly sexually assaulted or maintained “unprofessional relationships” with 59 male and female victims.”

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Analysis: Congress Sequestration and Budget Delays Hindering Pentagon Defense Contracts

January 22, 2013

“The longer Congress waits to resolve sequestration and pass a budget for 2013, the faultier that assumption seems, so the Pentagon is taking several steps to spend only the money it absolutely has to.”

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United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency: Iran Talks Moved to February 13th

January 22, 2013

“The U.N. agency has been trying for a year to negotiate an agreement that would give its inspectors access to sites, officials and documents in Iran.”

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