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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday lifted a ban on women in combat, saying that it was “the responsibility of every citizen to protect the nation, and every citizen who can meet the qualifications of service should have that opportunity.”
“If they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve,” he declared.
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President Barack Obama named his choices for two of the nation’s prominent national security posts Monday, teeing up a likely confirmation struggle over his pick for the Secretary of Defense, a position that’s historically drawn overwhelming bipartisan support.
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Two Iranian jets fired on a U.S. military drone, Pentagon officials said Thursday — the first time such an action has been acknowledged by the United States.
“We don’t know why,” the Iranians were shooting at the drone, the official said, insisting the drone did not cross into Iranian airspace. The drone was “conducting routine maritime surveillance, watching ships,” the official said.
The Pentagon is sending the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis to the Persian Gulf region four months ahead of schedule for an eight-month deployment – twice as long as originally planned, defense officials told NBC News on Monday.
The major shift in the Stennis deployment is a response to steadily rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s threat to shut down the Strait of Hormuz over tighter international sanctions and the possibility that Israel may launch pre-emptive airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facility.