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Op-Ed: Evolution of Warfare - Drone Distinguished Warfare Medal

Washington - With the evolution of warfare, the US government has turned to drone operations, which is the engagement of the enemy from afar. The Pentagon has announced an award for drone pilots, the Distinguished Warfare medal.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan: Casualties and the future of NATO post 2014

Washington - NATO Defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, taking stock on the progress in Afghanistan. DOD reports indicate that there were no US soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week, however one NATO soldier was killed on Friday.

Op-Ed: Game of Drones: Operators are to receive medals of valor (video)

Washington - Drone operators, wielding the joysticks that operate those infamous drones killing "terrorists" all over the world, can now receive a "Distinguished Warfare" Medal for their efforts.

U.S. to strengthen focus on al-Qaeda militants in North Africa

On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Obama administration would pursue AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in North Africa, in an effort to ensure that the international terror network has no place to hide.

Panetta: Syria's chemicals moved for safety purposes

The Syrian government has moved some of their chemical weapons in order to ensure their safety says US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Former head of Mossad suggests countdown is on to Iran attack

The former head of Israel's spy agency says Iran should be very worried for the next 12 weeks. The warning comes as Israeli leaders say time for diplomacy and sanctions is running out.

Pentagon to hold first LGBT Pride Month event

Nine months after the U.S. military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy, that banned gays from serving openly in the U.S. military, the Defense Department is planning an event in recognition of gay and lesbian service men and women.

Walrus moms, national security, and thin ice

(Mother's Day) - As global climate change continues to affect the sea ice conditions in the Arctic, the world faces conflicts over ocean rights, while wildlife struggles to adapt. The U.S. Government hopes ratifying the U.N. Law of the Sea is a solution.

A secret Mossad-CIA meeting about Iran

Can a meeting between the Israeli Mossad and the American CIA be called secret if the Iranian press knows and talks about it? Is it information or dis-information?

CIA, Blackwater assassination program did not operationalize

Former intelligence officials describe the CIA’s outsourcing of assassination program to Blackwater, where Al-Qaeda leaders were targets and millions of dollars were spent on a program that was unknown to Congress and canceled by Panetta.

Panetta-Pick A Hot Potato For Obama?

President-elect Barack Obama is fielding an onslaught of objections to his proposed appointment of Leon E. Panetta. They charge he doesn't have any intelligence experience.
 

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NASA satellite data reveals how the minimum sea ice extent  reached on Sept. 9 [2011] as depicted he...
NASA satellite data reveals how the minimum sea ice extent, reached on Sept. 9 [2011] as depicted here, declined to a level far smaller than the 30-year average (in yellow) and opened up Northwest Passage shipping lanes (in red)
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