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Pentagon Officials Say They’re Willing to Assume Risks of a Reduced Army

February 25, 2014
Helene Cooper, Thom Shanker | The New York Times
In shrinking the United States Army to its smallest size since 1940, Pentagon officials said Monday that they were willing to assume more risk the next time troops are called to war.
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Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

February 24, 2014
Helene Cooper, Thom Shanker | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.
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Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

February 21, 2014
Kimberly Dozier | Associated Press
A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.
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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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