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    Defense Authorization

    Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees spoke to reporters after finishing negotiations on a $633 billion Defense Programs bill for fiscal year 2013.

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    Afghanistan War Commander Nomination

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the pending nomination of General Joseph Dunford to lead the war in Afghanistan. Topics included war planning, troop levels, safe havens for insurgents…

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    Senior Military Commander Nominees

    Nominees for senior military commander positions testified about their qualifications. Members asked the nominees a range of questions focusing on the impact of budget cuts to the Department of…

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    U.S. Military Readiness

    Witnesses testified on military readiness in the midst of Defense Department budget cuts and the implications of the sequester, which would automatically cut $109 billion to defense and social…

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    Fiscal Year 2013 Navy Budget Request

    U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials testified on the fiscal year 2013 Navy budget. Senators on the Armed Services Committee questioned plans to change the force structure of the Marines,…

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    Cyber and Strategic Commands Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

    Military commanders in charge of cyber space, missile defense, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, space operations and other areas testified on their fiscal year 2013 budget request.

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    Military Operations in Afghanistan

    General John Allen and Undersecretary James Miller testified on operations in Afghanistan. Among the topics they addressed were force levels in the country, tensions between the U.S. and…

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    Southern and Northern Commands Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

    The generals for the military’s Southern and Northern Commands testified about their fiscal year 2013 budget requests.

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    U.S. Military Operations in the Middle East

    Witnesses testified on the U.S. Central and Special Operations Command fiscal year 2013 budget. They focused on political unrest and violence in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program and…

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    Violence and Political Unrest in Syria

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey testified on the violence in Syria. Several committee members pressed for military action against the forces of Syrian…

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    Threats to National Security

    James Clapper and Lieutenant General Roland Burgess testified on global threats to U.S. national security. Topics included the possibility than bombings in Syria were linked to al Qaeda,…

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    Defense Department 2013 Budget Request

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified on the 2013 military budget. Secretary Panetta defended proposed cuts of $487 billion over the…

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    Joint Chiefs Expansion Proposal

    Defense Department officials testified on adding the National Guard bureau chief to the Joint Chiefs Staff.

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    Iraq Security Issues, Defense Department Officials

    Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey testified on security issues in Iraq. Questions focused on the planned withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Iraq, with several contentious…

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    Iraq Security Issues, Panel 2, Part 2

    Witnesses testified on security issues in Iraq. Panelists included Brett McGurk, international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; Douglas Ollivant, senior national security fellow in…

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    Iraq Security Issues, Panel 2, Part 1

    Brett McGurk, international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, testified on security issues in Iraq.

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    Counterfeit Electronic Parts on Defense Systems

    Witnesses testified about sources of counterfeit electronic parts, how they are made, cases where counterfeit electronic parts have penetrated the defense supply chain, and the cost and…

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    U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Witnesses testified about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in his remarks that U.S. and Afghanistan forces were searching for better ways to defend against insurgent…

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    Ashton Carter Nomination Hearing

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be deputy secretary of Defense. Among the topics addressed were the potential impact of…

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    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Nomination

    The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nominations of Army General Martin E. Dempsey for reappointment to the grade of general and to be chair of the Joint…

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