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In The Hunt For Al-Qaida, Drone Program Expands

The U.S. military has had great success with drones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Now the U.S. is planning to use them to track al-Qaida figures in places that include Somalia and Yemen.
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Op-Ed: U.S. Military Must Stay On In Iraq

The U.S. military faces a December 31 deadline to withdraw from Iraq. Many Americans argue that it is time for Iraq to stand on its own. But Meghan O'Sullivan, former deputy national security adviser to President George W. Bush, says the U.S. must maintain a strong force in Iraq.
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As Drones Evolve, More Countries Want Their Own

The Obama Administration has dramatically ramped up its use of drones as military and foreign policy tools. But many other countries want drones of their own, and advances in technology will soon allow for smaller, more powerful and cheaper models.
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Security Expert: U.S. 'Leading Force' Behind Stuxnet

One year ago, German cybersecurity expert Ralph Langner announced he had found a computer worm designed to sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. The Stuxnet worm is now recognized as a cyber-superweapon, and it could end up harming those who created it.
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Fragile U.S.-Pakistan Relations On Downward Spiral

Adm. Mike Mullen said last week that Pakistan's intelligence agency had a role in several high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including one earlier this month on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The comments led to sharp denials from Pakistan and increased concerns about a new crisis between the two countries.
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Amid Protests, Bahrain Votes With U.S. Blessing

It's election day in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain. Voters will be filling seats left vacant when the leading Shi'ite opposition party walked out of parliament to protest the crushing of unrest back in March. The opposition is calling for a boycott, and street protests have continued. But the government, with Washington's encouragement, insists it will maintain order and usher in genuine reforms. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Bahrain.
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Defense Leaders Make The Case Against Budget Cuts

Military leaders are promoting their branch's respective strengths in hopes of softening the super committee's blow, while private industry executives have warned against losing the country's industrial base.

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