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Defense Contractors See Hope In Homeland Security

With defense spending taking a hit, contractors are looking for new markets. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most promising — especially border security. At a recent expo, businesses showed off their goods that might help strengthen America's borders.
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Panetta Met With Security Breach In Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on Wednesday. As he arrived, a vehicle exploded at the base where the secretary was scheduled to speak. Panetta is unhurt, and it's not clear whether it was an attack on the secretary or not. His long-planned trip comes in the middle of a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The U.S. is investigating the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently committed by a U.S. soldier.
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Lewis McChord Base Has History Of Troubles

Melissa Block talks with Martin Kaste about the long list of troubles at Joint Base Lewis McChord. The base is home to the soldier that allegedly went on a rampage in Afghanistan, killing 16 civilians.
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Afghan Shootings Could Complicate U.S. Mission

The shooting of 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday is not likely to alter U.S. and NATO strategy in that country. But the incident will exacerbate tensions and could make it more difficult for the U.S. to work closely with the Afghans.
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Afghan Shooting Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

A series of recent episodes in Afghanistan has raised questions about the U.S. effort to work closely with the Afghans and wind down the U.S. military mission after more than a decade of war.
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Drones Over America: What Can They See?

In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the FAA to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace. Brookings Institution senior fellow John Villasenor explains what these drones will be able to see — and how our privacy and national security may be affected.

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