Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

CSIS Report: Troop Numbers Driving Asia Defense Spending Increase

A new Center for Strategic and International Studies report reveals the increased military spending of China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from 2000 to 2011, Defense News reports. According to Zachary Fryer-Biggs’ story, the report attributes the increased spending with troop size and maintenance costs rather than large investments …

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House Dems: FY 2013 Defense Sequester $10B More than OMB Figures

Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee estimate the Defense Department will have to cut $60 billion from its fiscal year 2013 budget if sequestration takes effect, according to AOL Defense. That figure represents a 1.9 percent higher amount than the Office of Management and Budget‘s estimates, Sydney Freedburg Jr. reports. …

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WH’s Ben Rhodes Defends Drone Program in PBS Interview

A White House deputy national security adviser recently defended the government’s use of drones in military and civilian missions, Politico reports. Ben Rhodes told PBS’ “Frontline” program the White House intends to move from large-scale deployments to focused missions against terrorist groups, according to Byron Tau’s story. In the interview …

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Report: North Korea Claims Its Rockets Can Reach US

North Korea is claiming it has rockets that can hit the continental U.S. on the heels of South Korea and the U.S. signing a missile defense pact, Reuters reports. According to Jack Kim’s story, observers believe North Korea is developing a long-range missile with a range of 4,160 miles. South …

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US Afghan Commander John Allen Nominated to Head NATO, EUCOM

Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of international coalition forces in Afghanistan, has been nominated NATO’s supreme allied commander and commander of U.S. European Command, Stars and Stripes reports. According to John Vandiver’s report, Allen would take over NATO and EUCOM in the spring, pending confirmation from the Senate. The …

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BAE-EADS Merger Talks Centered, Ended Based on Politics

Negotiations between BAE Systems and EADS on a potential merger mainly centered around how the British, French and German governments would hold stakes in a combined company. According to BBC News, the companies ended discussions after talks between the three governments collapsed over how much of a stake they would …

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McCain Asks Panetta for Sequestration Severance Costs Report

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said in a Wednesday statement he has asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to issue a report to Congress on costs associated with potential defense contractor layoffs if sequestration occurs. In his letter to Panetta, McCain said he requested information …

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