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December 26, 2012
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  • Defense industry is pessimistic about deal to prevent sequestration
    The Pentagon and defense industry are preparing for $500 billion in budget cuts that are scheduled to go in effect at the end of the year, as hopes fade for a deal to prevent sequestration, analysts say. "I think there's a creeping sense of pessimism in the defense sector. ... I don't think most people in the industry really understand why their pleas have [been ignored]," defense analyst Loren Thompson says. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: U.S. officials see hopeful signs in Afghanistan's Zhari district
    The proficiency with which the Afghan military takes over security responsibilities in the Zhari district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province will be a key factor in how quickly U.S. troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan. Officials say violence hasn't spiked in the region since the majority of U.S. troops were removed about two months ago, which could be a sign that the Afghan military will be able to keep violence in check after the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops. SeattlePI.com/The Associated Press (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army teams will help train African forces
    The Army next year plans to send small units to as many as 35 African countries -- including Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger -- to help train and equip African militaries to combat terrorism. The units will not be authorized to conduct military operations without additional approvals from the secretary of defense. Military.com/The Associated Press (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. temporarily relaxes curfew for Japan-based troops
    The top U.S. commander in Japan has announced a one-time relaxation of a curfew imposed in October. On New Year's Eve, troops on the mainland, but not those on Okinawa, will be permitted to celebrate off-base until 1 a.m. as long as they cease drinking by 12:30 a.m. Stars and Stripes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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