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Dead Guards on Freighter Are Identified as Former Navy SEAL Members

February 21, 2014
Mark Mazzetti, Nicholas Kulish | The New York Times
Two former Navy SEAL members who had been hired to protect the container ship that was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009 — an episode that became the basis of the Oscar-nominated film “Captain Phillips” — were found dead while the ship, the Maersk Alabama, was docked in the Seychelles, officials said Thursday.
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U.S. Debates Drone Strike on American Terrorism Suspect in Pakistan

February 11, 2014
Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The Obama administration is debating whether to authorize a lethal strike against an American citizen living in Pakistan who some believe is actively plotting terrorist attacks, according to current and former government officials.
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GOP Pushes Plan Tying Debt Ceiling to Military Pensions

February 11, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
House Republican leaders are moving ahead with an increase in the nation's debt limit in exchange for a reversal of minor cuts in military pensions that were part of the recent bipartisan budget deal.
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Will various military scandals erode public confidence in the armed forces?

February 6, 2014
Three of the military’s five branches are ramping up investigations into some of the most serious scandals for the armed forces in a generation. The latest involves charges that Navy trainers cheated on certification exams to teach at a nuclear reactor school. Gwen Ifill talks to Craig Whitlock who covers the Defense Department for The Washington Post.
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US official: Snowden leaks lead to Pentagon change

February 5, 2014
Kimberly Dozier, Stephen Braun | Associated Press
A top U.S. military intelligence official said Tuesday that the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programs and personnel because of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden.
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Fraud in Army Recruiting Bonus Program May Cost Nearly $100 Million

February 5, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
An Army program meant to increase the number of recruits during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars devolved into an illegal free-for-all that could cost taxpayers close to $100 million, military investigators say, describing new details of what they called a long-running scheme among National Guard recruiters that went undetected for years.
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Nuclear Corps, Sidelined in Terror Fight, Produces a Culture of Cheating

January 23, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Top military officials were quick to voice outrage over revelations last week that 34 officers responsible for launching the nation’s nuclear missiles cheated on monthly proficiency tests, but few expressed surprise.
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U.S. Military Eyes Afghan Force of 10,000, or a Pullout

January 22, 2014
| The New York Times
The Pentagon has proposed to President Obama that 10,000 American troops remain in Afghanistan when the international combat mission there ends after this year, or none at all, senior government officials said Tuesday.
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Is Air Force cheating scandal symptomatic of a bigger problem?

January 17, 2014
Thirty-four Air Force officers who conduct nuclear operations have thus far been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal. Gwen Ifill talks to Robert Burns of the Associated Press and Bruce Blair of Princeton University about the larger implications of the cheating revelations for the Air Force.
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