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On The Ground With Troops In Afghanistan

NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, recently spent several weeks in Afghanistan following the last major combat offensive in the region. He and Andrew Exum of the Center for a New American Security talk about the situation on the ground just two years shy of the withdrawal deadline.
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The Pentagon's Biggest Threat In Years? Budget Cuts

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified about the defense budget on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
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U.S. Criticism Of Pakistan No Longer Hush-Hush

Officials used to use diplomatic language when talking about differences with Pakistan, but now they're not bothering to disguise their frustrations. Several recent events have shown just how blunt the Americans have become.
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Ahead Of Moscow Talks, U.S. Options On Iran

The next round of talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions opens in Moscow in June. Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, joins NPR's Neal Conan to talk about the U.S. options on Iran.
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Does Leaking Secrets Damage National Security?

Last week's assignment of two federal prosecutors to investigate disclosures of national security information might have been the first shot in a new war on leaks. Advocates of open government say they fear an overreaction.

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