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Japan Military Head: F-35 Can Help Manage Regional Tensions

Japan’s military top brass remain committed to purchasing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, the country’s top uniformed military officer has told Reuters. Shigeru Iwasaki, chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Staff, told Reuters he believed the F-35 was the country’s best choice as it handles tensions with both China …

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Reports: Pentagon Cutting 8 Furlough Days

The Defense Department now plans to furlough its civilian workers for 14 days during the rest of the current fiscal year, eight less than the 22 days it originally set aside, Bloomberg reports. David Lerman reports Congress provided the Pentagon $10 billion more operations and maintenance funding and spending flexibility …

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Report: China Ramping Up Armed, Unarmed Drone Development

China has deployed unarmed reconnaissance and ocean surveillance drones in Northeast Asia near Japan, the Senkaku islands and along China’s southern coast, the Washington Times reports. Citing U.S. intelligence officials, Bill Gertz writes China could also send drones to the South China Sea. One drone, the China’s CH-4 drone, appears to be …

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Mike Rogers: Caution Needed For Drone Program Shift

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), House Intelligence Committee chairman, said Sunday the U.S. government should take a cautionary approach to moving responsibility for the U.S. drone program away from the CIA. Rogers told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview the airstrikes have been a “very effective tool in disrupting the …

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Report: John Kerry Meets With Iraq Leaders On Syria

John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, flew to Iraq in an unannounced visit to talk with Iraqi leaders about how Iranian fighters and weapons are entering Syria, RTHK reports. Kerry traveled to Baghdad to talk to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other senior officials after visiting Israel with President …

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Pentagon Delaying Civilian Furlough Notices; Jessica Wright Comments

The Defense Department is delaying sending its furlough notices to civilian workers for two weeks so officials can analyze the continuing resolution passed by Congress this week, Federal Times reports. Stephen Losey reports the CR is intended to let the department put $10.4 billion into its operations and maintenance accounts …

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NATO, Afghanistan Govt Agree To Partial Drawdown

NATO and Afghanistan’s government reached an agreement Wednesday on a limited and phased drawdown of NATO forces deployed in one district, Reuters reports. Afghan President Hamid Karzai set a March 10 deadline for U.S. special operations forces to leave the Wardak province and this new agreement is limited to one …

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Report: Pentagon Starting Furlough Notices Thursday

The Defense Department will begin sending furlough proposals to its civilian employees Thursday and workers will have seven days to appeal their furloughs, Federal News Radio reports. Notices will be sent between Thursday and Monday and appeals will end between March 28 and April 1, according to a timeline posted …

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Gen. John Kelly: Southcom Taking 26% Cut Without Sequester

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, chief of U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday the command is cutting its budget by 26 percent without the additional cuts under sequestration. With sequestration, Kelly said Southcom could have no assigned surface assets to conduct detention and monitoring operations as …

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