Soldiers from Niger patrol the road between Agadez and Arlit in September.
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December 31, 2010 How to counter and curb growing Islamist militancy and banditry in the Sahel — the vast, poorly policed zone that straddles the African nations of Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Algeria — is a priority for governments in West Africa, Washington and beyond.
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December 30, 2010 A $400,000 earmark funds an organization that helps connect soldiers and their families at Fort Drum with private-practice doctors. The service was necessary because Fort Drum lacks its own hospital, but it has also helped bolster the region's health care assets as a whole.
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December 30, 2010 An increasing interest in violent jihad in the U.S. coincides with al-Qaida's move toward smaller attacks. The group has called on affiliates to launch <em>any </em>attacks, and that call is expected to grow louder next year. Experts say law enforcement officials have decided the best way to battle this growing threat of homegrown terrorism is to confront the suspects directly.
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December 29, 2010 "Cyberwar" has moved to the top of national security threats. Now, the U.S. Cyber Command is looking for ways to better coordinate with the private sector on protecting the nation.
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December 29, 2010 Three U.S. presidents have now identified the prospect of cyberattacks as a threat to U.S. national security, but only in the past year has awareness of the danger approached a critical level. Several simulations of possible cyberwar scenarios have underscored the vulnerability of critical U.S. infrastructure -- power grids, transportation systems and financial networks -- to cyberattacks. Also this year, the discovery of the "Stuxnet" virus demonstrated that sophisticated cyberweapons have already been developed, with tremendous significance for both offensive and defensive cyberwar planning. Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Tom Gjelten for a review of 2010 cyberwar developments.
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Bundled up against the cold, military police trainees exercise early in the morning at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In a radical shift, the Army is overhauling the way it trains, cares for and feeds new soldiers.
December 28, 2010 Young Army recruits reflect society at large: They're in terrible shape. So the top brass has revamped basic training to focus on core strengthening and mastering simple, precise movements. The mess hall fare has also been overhauled -- in place of deep-fried foods there are whole grains, low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit.
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December 27, 2010 Afghanistan and Pakistan are the primary fronts in the war against al-Qaida. But there are other hot spots that concern the U.S., including Yemen, Somalia and the Maghreb. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Ben Venzke, CEO of IntelCenter, a counterterrorism contractor, about these other regions of concern.
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December 27, 2010 Washingtonian magazine is adding some background and texture to the story of Jennifer Matthews, the 45-year-old CIA base chief who was killed with 11 other agency officers and contractors.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during an interview with ABC News.
December 27, 2010 He has to write a book, Julian Assange says, to keep his operation running and to pay the lawyers who are trying to keep him from being extradited from the U.K. to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.
December 27, 2010 The Transportation Security Administration such it is taking steps to address the situation.
December 23, 2010 Most airline passengers expect to go through a body scan or pat-down, but they may find themselves inspected based on their actions. Human interactions with passengers, rather than technology, may help the TSA find potential threats. But opponents argue behavior profiling violates civil liberties.
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December 22, 2010 The new START treaty will require the United States and Russia to reduce each country's stockpile of long-range nuclear warheads by about 30 percent. It would also reduce the number of nuclear submarines, missiles and bombers each country can posses. So how does a country reduce its arms? NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with George Perkovich, director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how the United States and Russia will reduce their nuclear weapons to comply with the treaty.
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December 22, 2010 The ratification of the nuclear arms treaty with Russia is literally just a start. President Obama has mapped out further steps to limit nuclear weapons, all in entirely new territory. Both the U.S. and Russia have thousands of additional nuclear weapons in categories that have never been subject to limits -- tactical nuclear weapons, non-deployed warheads that could be used in a crisis. Then there are the other nations that possess nuclear weapons, such as China, France and Britain, which have never been subject to arms control negotiations. These are just a few of the thorny issues that the Obama administration would like to see included in new arms control talks.
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December 22, 2010 When he was asked Monday about high-profile arrests made earlier that day in Great Britain, James Clapper hadn't heard about them. The White House says he should have been briefed, but was focused on other national security issues.
December 22, 2010 President Obama has signed into law a repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members. But implementation is still months away, and gay-rights advocates are warning gay troops to "stay in the closet" for now. Here, a look at the road -- and roadblocks -- ahead.
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