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February 5, 2013
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  • GOP might filibuster Hagel confirmation
    Republicans are considering a filibuster in an effort to prevent the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Without a filibuster, Hagel appears likely be confirmed, as no Democrats have indicated that they intend to vote against him. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: CR makes sequestration cuts more ominous
    Sequestration threatens to trigger $4 billion in budget cuts, but an additional $4.6 billion may also need to be cut if Congress extends the continuing resolution, which freezes defense spending at 2012 levels. The Pentagon so far this year has not take into account the possibility that the CR will last throughout the year, which could worsen the budget woes that may come later in the year, analysts say. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cybersecurity rules allow pre-emptive strikes, secret review finds
    Officials say a secret White House legal assessment of cybersecurity decision-making powers has determined that President Barack Obama has the authority to greenlight a pre-emptive strike to protect against an impending attack. The review, which took two years to complete, determined that Obama retains that power even against a target where no declaration of war exists, via rules that govern the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Navy scales back fleet-size requirement
    The Navy has lowered its fleet-size goal to 306 ships from 313, but it says the move isn't related to shrinking budgets. "A 306-ship force structure represents the minimum level of capability and capacity to meet projected threats and support the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance," said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Courtney Hillson. Defense News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Failure changes for the better, success for the worse."
--Seneca the Younger,
Roman philosopher, statesman and playwright


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