Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

Panetta: Fiscal Cliff Prevents Future Planning

Budget uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff keeps the Defense Department from being able to plan the country’s future defense strategy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. According to CBS News, Panetta told a National Press Club audience the department has had to deal with the headwinds of sequestration, which he …

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House, Senate Negotiators Reach Defense Bill Deal

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a compromise version of a defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013, which Defense News reports allocates $631 billion in funding for the Pentagon. The goal was to iron out differences between both chambers’ bills and get a final bill to …

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CNN: DNI Jim Clapper Staying On

Jim Clapper has told colleagues he will remain as director of national intelligence, CNN reports. Citing a senior U.S. official, Barbara Starr reports the intelligence community began learning of Clapper’s decision Monday and said he will stay in the DNI post for the “foreseeable future.” President Barack Obama asked Clapper …

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Report: France to Host Afghan Govt, Taliban Talks

France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a radio interview Sunday that Afghan government officials and Taliban group representatives are meeting for the first time this week in Paris, Reuters reports. High-ranking members of the Afghan High Peace Council and the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance are also expected in the meeting, …

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Martin Dempsey: Sequestration Puts Readiness At Risk

Manpower is exempt from sequestration cuts to the Defense Department‘s budget, but the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday the military’s readiness is in jeopardy if the sequester kicks in. American Forces Press Service reports Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told an audience from U.S. Naval Forces Central …

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Bloomberg: Chuck Hagel the Frontrunner for Defense Secretary

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is the likely nominee to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, Bloomberg News reports on its Twitter feed. Citing sources, Bloomberg reports President Barack Obama invited Hagel to White House on Dec. 4 to discuss the position. According to Reuters, Obama met with him to …

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Obama Nominates AF Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke to Head Air Guard

President Barack Obama has nominated Air Force Lieutenant General Stanley Clarke to become the next director of the Air National Guard, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. According to Air Force Times, Clarke would succeed the retiring Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, who has led the Air Guard since February 2009. Clarke …

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