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This Defense Contractor Has A Green Side

AeroVironment has an unusual combination of products — military drones and electric vehicle chargers. The company's president acknowledges that some workers are uncomfortable with the company's dual interests, but he doesn't see a conflict.
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'Algerian Style': Cooperative, To A Point

Algeria has been acting alone in the hostage situation at the remote In Amenas natural gas field, relying on its years of experience fighting terrorism internally. It has turned down offers of support and advice from other nations, including the U.S. Yet any anger over Algeria's go-it-alone approach has been muted; the nation is a critical ally of the U.S.
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When To Act? The Dilemma In Every Hostage Crisis

The Algerian authorities moved quickly after hostages were taken at a gas plant in the Sahara desert. While details of that operation are still fuzzy, such actions are inherently risky.
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Obama's Foreign Policy: The Way Forward With Iran

As President Obama prepares for a second term, a host of international challenges await. In a piece in the Washington Post, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that as Obama prioritizes his foreign policy goals, "It is essential that the issue of war or peace with Iran be fully vented."
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Obama To Unveil Gun Control Plans

President Obama will make his second speech on guns and gun violence at the White House Wednesday. He is urging Congress to move quickly to pass a raft of bills that would limit access to more deadly weapons. Among the guests at Wednesday's speech: children who wrote to him after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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Guantanamo Bay Still Unresolved

President Obama is a week away from getting sworn into a second term in office — but he still has plenty of unfinished business. Four years ago, he vowed to shut down the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the facility is still up and running. Host Michel Martin discusses what's next for Guantanamo.
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U.S. Provided 'Technical Assistance' In Botched French Raid, Obama Says

A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
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Uncertainty Looms For Pentagon In Obama's Second Term

Facing sequestration cuts, a troop drawdown in Afghanistan and what's expected to be a contentious fight over the next defense secretary, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the biggest challenges for the Department of Defense come from inside U.S. borders. Still, the Pentagon's job is to anticipate future threats — and prepare.

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