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Friday, December 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Today, the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Reuters reports that officials are confident North Korea was involved and that there may also be evidence of a Chinese link, either through collaboration with Chinese actors, or simply through the use of Chinese servers. The Wall Street Journal details the difficulties . . .
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Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

The New York Times is reporting that American officials have concluded North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking attacks on Sony Pictures. Privately, Officials also note that the White House has not yet decided to accuse the North Korean government though, as it weighs what response it can credibly muster. Questions also remain over . . .
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

In a historic speech, today, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, opening an embassy in Havana, reviewing Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, and easing travel and monetary restrictions. The deal comes at the end of 18 months of talks facilitated by Canada and . . .
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

A devastating attack on a school in Pakistan by the Pakistani Taliban has left 145 dead. Nine attackers stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, open to both the children of civilians and military members, in what a spokesman for the militant group said was retaliation for the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan. As the militants . . .
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Monday, December 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Heavily armed Australian police have stormed a Sydney cafe in order to free several hostages held there at gunpoint. Two hostages and the gunman are dead. Reuters reports that the gunman, identified as Man Haron Monis, was an Iranian refugee and self-styled cleric facing multiple charges of sexual assault as well as accessory to murder. In . . .
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Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Yesterday, CIA Director John Brennan launched his defense of the agency he leads, calling officers “patriots” but called the tactics employed by some as “abhorrent” and “outside the bounds” of what was approved by the Justice Department. Mr. Brennan also echoed an earlier conclusion made in the CIA’s Comment on the SSCI Study, suggesting that . . .
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Today, the New York Times brings us news that when the CIA first received detention and interrogation authorities in 2001, the Agency initially planned to create a system of worldwide jails that would abide by the standards of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The conditions were to mirror those as maximum security prisons around the United . . .
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The news cycle over the past day has been dominated by the release of the extensive report on CIA intelligence-gathering techniques, popularly known as the “torture report” or the “CIA report.” The New York Times writes that the review portrays a broken CIA that was devoted to a failed interrogation program. NBC News reports that . . .
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The US is bracing for the expected release today of the most extensive review of CIA intelligence-gathering tactics “in generations.” The report is expected to be released at around 11:15 AM, right as Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is scheduled to address the body’s floor. While the full document, which . . .
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Monday, December 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

If recent news reports and inflamed Twitter activity are to be believed, the long-awaited Senate report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program is “expected to be released Tuesday.” Already, former President George W. Bush’s team is pushing back on the report’s findings. The New York Times reports that former intelligence officials have privately pressured Bush administration officials, . . .
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Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Today in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, President Barack Obama appointed Ashton Carter to serve as his fourth Secretary of Defense. Carter, a physicist by training, is a “national security centrist,” according to the New York Times, who is expected to “advocate a stronger use of American power.” During his announcement, President Obama . . .
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Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Iranian fighter jets continue to pierce the skies of Iraq, according to the New York Times. As both the United States and Iran seek to shore up the government in Baghdad while eliminating its greatest existential threat, the Islamic State, both countries are also attempting to avoid looking like allies. Even so, the Iranian airstrikes represent . . .
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

In the final days of the 113th Congress, the Senate and House of Representatives will likely pass a new defense authorization bill. According to the National Journal, the NDAA will reach the House floor this week and arrive at the Senate early next week. Although the legislative leadership hopes to approve the bill without amendments, . . .
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

A little over a week after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced he was leaving his post, CNN reports that President Obama has decided on Ashton Carter, who served as Deputy Defense Secretary under both Leon Panetta and Hagel, to be his replacement. Last year, Carter wrote an article in DefenseOne that outlined his plans . . .
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Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The U.S.-led coalition to fight back the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq struck Raqqa, an IS stronghold in Syria, hard last night.  CNN reports at least thirty airstrikes were launched against the city, as confirmed both by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based organization, and by rebels on the ground. The United . . .
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Shortly after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced he would be stepping down, it appears that two top contenders to serve as his replacement have taken themselves out of the running. In a letter to the board of directors of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense . . .
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

In Washington, analysts and pundits are continuing to pick apart the resignation yesterday of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. In Foreign Policy, David Rothkopf argues that sacking Hagel is not a cure for President Obama’s foreign policy woes; Hagel’s supposedly rocky performance was, instead, “a symptom of the disease.” Several news sources have written about . . .
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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will step down from his post, according to the New York Times. Hagel will do so “under pressure” from the administration, but the exact reasons are still unclear. Per the Times: The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require . . .
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Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The fight over immigration in Washington is underway. Last night, President Obama gave a prime time speech outlining his plan to act unilaterally on immigration, which would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work legally. The new plan will have Immigration and Customs Enforcement focus increasingly on recent . . .
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Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Is an Iranian nuclear deal going to happen? Four days before a scheduled deadline in talks, the answer to that question is as unclear as ever. Foreign Policy carries the comments of US Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, who said that while reaching a deal by the deadline was “not impossible,” he thinks “it’s going . . .
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