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Fire, police, ambulance… or Marines? Elite fighting force sets up law enforcement operation

The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions – a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month. Each is made up of roughly 500 military police ...

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US cuts military aid to Rwanda over Congo concerns

JOHANNESBURG — The U.S. government said Saturday it has cut this year’s planned military assistance to Rwanda amid concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting rebel movements in neighboring Congo. “The United States has been actively engaged at the highest levels to urge Rwanda to halt and prevent the provision of such support, which threatens to undermine stability in ...

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Presidential busts: The runner-up: Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

For someone who didn’t live through the era, it may be difficult to understand the pervasive gloom that hung over the United States in 1979 and 1980. Our hostages were stuck in Iran, and a rescue effort became a deadly fiasco in the desert. The Soviet Union dramatically escalated the Cold War with its invasion of Afghanistan. But worst of ...

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NSA top spy going to Defcon 2012

Related topics NSADefConHackersHackingSpy Advertisement General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), will speak at the Defcon conference, the Pentagon affirmed. General Keith B. Alexander is also the current Commander, United States Cyber Command. Defcon for those of you who don’t know is a community of “hackers.” Not to be confused with “crackers”. Hackers, are a whole sub ...

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Uncle Sam’s health-care obligation to the military

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that Walter Pincus cited in his July 17 Fine Print column, “CBO says military health-care costs could soar,” tells only half the story and ignores the obvious: Those who pursued a career in uniform have every right to use the benefits they were told that their decades of service would earn for them. Those…

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In Pictures: Riba Sterling Prize shortlist 2012

The six buildings shortlisted for this year's Sterling Prize for new architecture awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) have been announced. The London Olympic Stadium, recognised for its sustainability, is the second Olympic venue to have been shortlisted – the Velodrome was nominated last year. The…

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