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Taliban Showing New Willingness On Prisoner Swap

At issue is the fate of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. prisoner of war held captive in Afghanistan. The Taliban may be keen to trade him for some of its leaders held at Guantanamo Bay.
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Tammy Smith: First Openly Gay U.S. General

Army Reserve officer Tammy Smith was promoted to the position of Brigadier General last Friday. In doing so, she became the first gay general to serve openly in the U.S. military. Gen. Smith talks with NPR's Lynn Neary about her career in the military and the significance of her recent promotion.
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Encoding Geopolitics: Virus Infects Banks In Lebanon

A common cybercriminal tactic appears to have been adopted by a nation-state for classic espionage purposes. The Kaspersky Lab in Moscow says the Gauss virus is targeting several large banks in Lebanon. Though the nation-state behind the virus hasn't been identified, analysts say it may be part of a U.S. effort.
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Air Force Chief Leaves Legacy In The Sky: Drones

The U.S. Air Force's top officer, Gen. Norton Schwartz, is retiring after four years on the job. Schwartz was a champion of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones. But he says the Air Force will continue to need pilots for decades and more manned aircraft to ensure it can prevail with a minimum use of force.
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Report From The Drone Convention: Unmanned Vehicles Find New Uses

Drone makers and robotics manufacturers gathered in Las Vegas are optimistic that they will overcome civil liberties concerns about these gadgets, and make the leap from wartime to peacetime markets. Products include "throwable" robots that police can use for remote surveillance, and small aircraft to watch volcanic eruptions.

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