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Israel Softens Rhetoric on Iran as Chuck Hagel Visits Middle East

Israel has suggested that it would be patient when dealing with Iran in the coming months because the isolated nuclear power has an election in June which could see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lose his presidency. Chuck Hagel is currently visiting Israel, the second foreign country he has been to as Secretary of …

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Report: Pentagon Asking for Lower 2014 Missile Defense Budget

The Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $9.16 billion to fund missile defense programs for fiscal year 2014 as part of a $526.6 billion defense budget request scheduled for release Wednesday. If approved, the Pentagon would receive $550 million less in missile defense funding than the $9.71 billion for …

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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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Obama Signs Defense Bill

President Barack Obama signed into law Wednesday the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, which allocates $633 billion in spending, The Hill newspaper reports. Jeremy Herb and Alicia Cohn write the bill include portions Obama objected to, including a block on funds for the Medium Extended Air Defense System and …

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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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Rear Adm. Joseph Horn Named Integrated Warfare Systems PEO

Navy Rear Adm. Joseph Horn has been appointed program executive officer for integrated warfare systems, succeeding Rear Adm. James Syring, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the next director of the Missile Defense Agency. According to a Defense Department release, Horn currently serves as program executive for the Aegis Ballistic Missile …

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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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