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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.

Christie's Traffic Troubles, Gates' Memoir, Tackling Unemployment & Focus On Poverty

January 10, 2014
Christie's Traffic Troubles, Gates' Memoir, Tackling Unemployment & Focus On Poverty
From the Vault

Obama, Gates, and the Afghanistan Troop Surge

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September 4, 2009
In his new memoir to be released next week, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sharp criticisms for President Obama – including over the Afghanistan troop surge. Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates writes. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to September 2009 during the debate over sending more troops to Afghanistan. As ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported at the time, there were “tribes breaking up within the White House” over whether to send more troops.
Nov 22 2013
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Webcast Extra: Negotiations with Iran and U.S. Budget Policies

November 22, 2013
How are John Kerry’s negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons programs progressing?

An Evolving Solution for Syria

September 13, 2013
Developments surrounding Obama's attempts to take action against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad
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