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China Among Top 5 Weapons Exporters, Study Says

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has ranked China as the fifth-largest exporter of weapons in the world. SIPRI’s Trends in International Arms Transfers report says China increased its arms exports by 162 percent between 2008 and 2012 when compared to the previous five years, Reuters reported Monday. As a …

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James Clapper: 5K Contract Jobs At Risk Under Sequestration

Automatic across-the-board cuts under sequestration could result in about 5,000 contract workers losing their jobs and thousands of FBI employees being furloughed, the national intelligence director said Tuesday. James Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee the intelligence budget would take a 7 percent cut, or $4 billion, for the rest …

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Frank Kendall: Pentagon In Sequestration Damage Limitation Mode

The Defense Department is in damage limitation mode as it seeks to manage the effects of automatic budget cuts under sequestration, the Pentagon’s lead weapons buyer said Tuesday. Frank Kendall, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told an audience at the Newseum in Washington he is concerned the contracting industry …

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Memo: AF Taking $18B FY 2013 Sequestration Hit

The U.S. Air Force expects to cut $12 billion from its budget under sequestration at the same time it is facing a $1.8 billion shortfall for overseas contingency operations and a continuing resolution, two top Air Force officials said in a memo. American Forces Press Service reports Gen. Larry Spencer, …

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Military Service Chiefs Ask Congress For Spending Flexibility

The top uniformed officers from the four military branches asked a House subcommittee Tuesday to give them spending flexibility now that automatic sequestration budget cuts are in effect. American Forces Press Service reports the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veteran Affairs heard testimony from Army Chief of Staff Gen. …

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Ashton Carter, Janet Napolitano Help Host Summit With Governors

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with representatives of the Council of Governors Feb. 25 at the Pentagon to discuss issues surrounding cybersecurity and defense budget. Napolitano explained the recent White House executive order on critical cybersecurity infrastructure and resiliency, American Forces Press Service …

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Senate Confirms Chuck Hagel For Defense Secretary

The Senate voted 58-41 Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary and will be sworn into office Wednesday, Reuters reports. Patricia Zengerle writes that four Republicans supported Hagel’s nomination along with all Democrats and independents in the Senate. Hagel will assume office as the Pentagon is preparing …

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Robert Work To Head Defense, Security Think Tank

Robert Work, Navy undersecretary, is joining the national defense and security think tank Center for a New American Security as CEO and will start his new position April 22. Work succeeds Nate Fick, who stepped down in November 2012 to become CEO of cybersecurity firm Endgame, the CNAS said Wednesday. …

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