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Sept. 11 Case A Litmus Test For Military Commissions

The trial of five men accused of helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks is scheduled to begin early in 2012 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The case will test a new system of justice reserved for suspected terrorists, and experts say the trial could make or break the military commission system.
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Pentagon Announces New Military Strategy

Thursday, the Pentagon announced its new strategy for dealing with threats around the world. The goal is to use the new blueprint to guide difficult budget choices in the coming years. The new document is released as the U.S. winds down two long wars — in Iraq and Afghanistan — and embarks on a period of defense budget cuts.
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Critics Question Pentagon's New Strategy

They say it abandons a long-held commitment: the ability to fight two wars at once. The strategy, to be unveiled Thursday, is expected to focus on Asia, which means more money for the Air Force and Navy. That comes amid calls for half a trillion dollars in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. The Army is expected to be the big loser.

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Boeing To Close Wichita Defense Plant

Residents of Wichita, Kansas, are outraged after Boeing announced Wednesday that it will close a massive defense plant there. More than 2,000 highly skilled jobs will be gone by the end of next year. The announcement sparked considerable frustration among elected officials who had been lead to believe that more Boeing jobs were on the way to Wichita.
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Pentagon Says Two-War Strategy Not Likely To Be Scrapped

Contrary to other reports, officials say that the Obama administration's new review won't do away with the requirement that the military always be ready to fight two wars.
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Taliban Plans To Set Up Political Office In Qatar

The Taliban announces it will soon open a political office in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The move could set the stage for negotiations on an end to the Afghan war. But the State Department reiterated that the process will only succeed if the Taliban renounces violence, severs ties with al-Qaida and abides by the Afghan constitution.
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Marine On Trial For Deaths Of 24 Iraqis In 2005

An explosion set off a series of shootings by a U.S. Marine squad in Haditha in one of the war's more controversial incidents. The military trial starts this week for the squad's leader, the only Marine still facing charges in the killings. Others were acquitted or had the charges against them dropped.

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