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At $130 Million A Plane, Critics Question The Cost Of The F-35

The aircraft is intended to serve the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines for decades to come. But delays and cost overruns keep pushing up the price. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, says the cost will come down as production ramps up.
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How Good Is The World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the newest fighter plane set to enter the U.S. arsenal. The versatile, high-tech jet is supposed to help three military branches modernize their aging fleet of aircraft. It's in the skies now, but is still dogged with technical problems and questions about its high price tag.
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U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

The U.S. military plans to send an Army brigade to Africa next year. Some 4,000 soldiers would deploy — in small units and at different times — to help train and advise African troops. It's part of an Obama administration plan to address the growing challenge posed by terrorism in Africa.
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Hagel Would Be First Former Enlisted Soldier To Run Pentagon

President Obama may nominate former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary. The Vietnam veteran could bring a bipartisan presence to Obama's Cabinet, but only if he survives opposition from some in his own party.
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Secretary Of State Role A Natural Fit For John Kerry

President Obama is nominating Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Already a seasoned diplomat, he has been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has frequently jetted off to Afghanistan and Pakistan whenever the Obama administration needed him.
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John Kerry Already A Familiar Face To World Leaders

The Massachusetts senator has already carried out sensitive diplomatic efforts on behalf of President Obama, with a strong focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years.

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