The Osprey was extremely expensive to develop and had multiple crashes during testing. The Marines flying it today in Afghanistan now sing its praises, but its high cost is now an issue as the Pentagon looks for cuts.
Fuel convoys are expensive and dangerous, pushing the military to seek out new energy sources. That frequently pairs them with alternative energy startups, which some call risky ventures. For the companies themselves, the chance to work with the military means more investment and a chance to expand.
The Afghan president's comments come only days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited both countries and said Islamabad must do more to crack down on militants using its territory as a staging ground for attacks on Afghanistan. Afghanistan's army is being trained and funded by primarily U.S. assistance.
How do Iraqis feel about the U.S. decision to withdraw all its remaining troops by the end of this year? The issue of a residual American force to train the Iraqi military was hotly debated in Baghdad.
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