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Christian Science Monitor

Under a broad plan to reconfigure US military forces in Europe, as few as three Army combat brigades, or about 35,000 soldiers, would remain there - a major downsizing from the roughly 62,000 soldiers stattioned there as recently as 2005.

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CBS News

So five years ago the Coast Guard undertood a massive modernization program called "Deepwater" and ended up way over its head. As correspondent Steve Kroft reports, the $24 billion project has turned into a fiasco that has set new standard

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Sydney Morning Herald(Australia)

The Australian Defence Force says up to five Iranian gunboats tried to capture Australian sailors in the Persian Gulf in DECEMBER 2004. A defence spokesman told reporters the four-hour confrontation occured after Australian navy personnel boarded

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Reuters

Venezuelan could buy a fleet of submarines as part of its broad-ranging military purchases, President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday, a week after reports his government would buy submarines from Russia. Chavez, a self-described leftist revolutionary

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By Paul Craig Roberts

Pace’s departure as evidence of a weak and appeasing administration does not ring true. An administration that escalates the war in Iraq in the face of public opposition and pushes ahead with its plan to attack Iran is not an appeasing administration

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Proposed explosives tests upwind from Tracy [California] will release as much as 450 pounds of radioactive depleted uranium dust into the air every year, according to an air pollution permit application filed Friday by Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Wired Blog

The Pentagon doesn't just want to blast any target on Earth, in an hour. The military wants to strike everywhere and anywhere, just about instantly, with "cans of whup-ass." Let me explain. For the last few years, the Defense Dept ha

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Deep Sea News

It is no secret that the US military has used the ocean as trashcan for munitions in the past. Peter discussed at the Old DSN how federal lawmakers were pressing the US Army to reveal everything it knows about a massive international program

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First Post

The US is considering introducing a limited military draft if it is to keep its present force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon advisers have warned British colleagues. Next month, US forces in Iraq will peak at around 170,000

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Daily Telegraph

More than 11,000 cases of soldiers going on the run have been logged since the Iraq conflict began in 2003. The MoD claims that the rates of desertion have more to do with domestic problems than the war.

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Reuters

The United States spent $529 billion, slightly less than the entire GDP of the Netherlands, on military operations in 2006, up 5 percent over the previous year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its latest year book

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Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly…”(Thomas Paine, The American Crisis. Dec. 19, 1776.)

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AFP

American and Israeli air forces began week-long joint exercises in southern Israel, simulating dog-fights and bombing targets on the ground, the army said. Dozens of aircraft are taking part in the exercises in the southern Negev desert, it said.

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KPIX(San Francisco)

A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange US military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

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AP

President Bush signaled Friday the United States will press ahead with a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe despite Russia's heated objections. Poland's president expressed support for installing interceptor rockets in his country.

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AP

The Bush administration sidelined Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announcing plans to replace him as the nation's top military officer rather than reappoint him and risk a Senate confirmation struggle focusing on the war.

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American Conservative

Courting the soldier vote during the 2000 presidential campaign, the candidate made this simple promise: “Help is on the way.” Throughout the 1990s, Republicans had regularly lambasted the Clinton administration for misusing America’s military and fo

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Reuters

The three-member panel at a Marine command center in Kansas City recommended that 25-year-old Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh be given a general discharge -- one step below an "honorable discharge" and a reflection of "significant negative

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AntiWar

Vice President Dick Cheney made a huge misstatement to his West Point audience on May 26. I hope that, at a minimum, the West Point history majors noticed it. Near the end of his speech at the United States Military Academy commencement, Mr. Cheney s

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Fort Worth Weekly

Since joining the Army in 1987, he had risen to the rank of sergeant first class, serving in both Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Korea. He has shrapnel scars, a Purple Heart and is back after his last tour in Iraq. One e-mail derailed his career and

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Washington Post

The creation of the Defense Dept Africa Command, with responsibilities to promote security and government stability in the region, has heightened concerns among African countries and in the US government MILITARIZATION OF US FOREIGN POLICY

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AP

Russia tested new missiles Tuesday that a Kremlin official boasted could penetrate any defesne system, and President Vladimir Putin warned that US plans for an anti-missile shield in Europe would turn the region into a "powder keg."

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UPI

US military aid to foreign countries has increased by 50 percent since the Sept.11, 2001, terror attacks, according to a new study. The top beneficiary is Pakistan, a key ally in the Afghan war and the campaign against al-Qaida.

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