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Gov’t Settles Case With Defense Distributed

From Reason:

The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed, a collective that organizes, promotes, and distributes technologies to help home gun-makers. Under the agreement, which resolved a suit filed by the two groups in 2015, Americans may “access, discuss, use, reproduce or otherwise benefit from the technical data” that the government had previously ordered Defense Distributed to cease distributing.

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Army Reducing Amount of Combat Brigades

From MilitaryTimes.com:

The Army will cut 10 brigade combat teams over the next four years, bringing the number of active-duty BCTs to 33, Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Tuesday.

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Bill To Increase Protection for Embassies and Consulates

From Military Times:

The Senate voted Wednesday to authorize a 1,000 person increase in the size of the Marine Corps to provide additional protections for U.S. embassies and consulates, a direct response to the Sept. 11 attack on the a diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

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New Defense Strategy Includes Big Cuts

From Military Times:

President Barack Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and senior military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon on Thursday to introduce the strategy, which emphasizes a shift in focus from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific region.

The strategy document also states that the U.S. will have to rely on a smaller military force.

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Flaws Continue to Plague F-35

Wired’s Danger Room has the coverage on the Joint Strike Fighter and it’s many problems:

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meant to replace nearly every tactical warplane in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, was already expected to cost $1 trillion dollars for development, production and maintenance over the next 50 years. Now that cost is expected to grow, owing to 13 different design flaws uncovered in the last two months by a hush-hush panel of five Pentagon experts. It could cost up to a billion dollars to fix the flaws on copies of the jet already in production, to say nothing of those yet to come.

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Pentagon report: Afghans believe Taliban victory inevitable

“Washington (CNN) — A new Defense Department report on Afghanistan says dramatic increases in fighting against the Taliban have failed to convince the local population that the Afghan government and coalition forces will succeed.

“The Taliban’s strength lies in the Afghan population’s perception that Coalition forces will soon leave, giving credence to the belief that a Taliban victory is inevitable,” the report says.”

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/23/us.afghanistan.taliban/

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Defense Department: Book Burner

From CNN:

In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s new memoir “Operation Dark Heart.”

In the memoir, Shaffer recalls his time in Afghanistan leading a black-ops team during the Bush administration. The Bronze Star medal recipient told CNN he believes the Bush administraton’s biggest mistake during that time was misunderstanding the culture there.

Not long ago I finished reading Jawbreaker by Gary Berntsen, which was heavily redacted by the CIA. The redactions are so thick in parts that is is almost comical.

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