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U.S. Military Mission: Pushing Afghans To Take Lead

The U.S. strategy for leaving Afghanistan calls for U.S. troops to hand off responsibility for security to Afghan forces. The target date is two years away. It's been a slow process so far, with Afghan troops sometimes unwilling, or unable, to assume leadership.
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Cybersecurity Firms Ditch Defense, Learn To 'Hunt'

It's boom time for cybersecurity companies that specialize in going after Chinese hackers. The top competitors in the sector have been taking a nontraditional approach. Instead of focusing on protecting clients from malware, these firms are learning more about the attackers — and going after them.
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House To Vote On GOP Bill Framed As Guns Vs. Butter

Republicans want to block some $55 billion worth of automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget next year. Instead, they want to cut funding for social programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. It's a choice that has been framed as guns versus butter, and this time, guns are expected to win.
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How Are CIA Moles Recruited?

Melissa Block talks to Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, about how moles are recruited in operations similar to the one which revealed the most recent "underwear" bomber plot.
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Outing Of Al-Qaida Double Agent May Benefit CIA

U.S. officials now say that the man picked to bring a bomb onboard an airliner bound for the United States was actually an agent working on behalf of the CIA. That's the latest twist in a complicated tale — and it raises questions about just how dangerous the group behind the plot really is.

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