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Push in Congress to ban biofuels in military has big long-term costs

Norman Seip / Christian Science Monitor

The US armed services is working hard to wean itself off of fossil fuels and foreign oil. Yet some in Congress, for short-term savings, want to ban them from purchasing biofuels.

How the Navy’s Incompetence Sank the ‘Green Fleet’

Noah Shachtman / Wired

In October of 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus took the stage at a hotel ballroom in Virginia to announce the military’s most ambitious energy plan in decades: a break with the U.S. fleet’s strict dependence on oil.

Nuclear weapon safety hindered by cuts, says MoD report

Rob Edwards / The Guardian

The safety of Britain’s nuclear weapons and nuclear-powered submarines is being increasingly jeopardized by spending cuts and staff shortages, according to a report from the Ministry of Defense.

The New Spice Route for Africa

Lieutenant Colonel David L. Corrick, USAFR / Army Sustainment

Commercial trucking has been used sporadically over the years by the Department of Defense (DOD) in East Africa without a comprehensive plan. However, because of short timelines and a lack of standardized processes for surface movement, airlift remains the predominant means of delivering supplies to units dispersed in the Horn of Africa.

Car bomb kills ex-minister in Somali capital

Al Jazeera

A car bomb exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, killing a former trade and humanitarian affairs minister MP Mohamud Abdi Ibrahim.  Al Shabab has since claimed responsibility for the attack.


Africa to Get Own Internet Domain

Capital FM (Nairobi) / All Africa

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has completed its evaluation of over 500 applications from African Registry Operators and will create a new top level domain for Africa: “dot Africa.”

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LOTS at Stake in Middle Eastern Waters

Prachi Naik

Exactly one week ago, in response to escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf, the USS Ponce sailed into waters off the coast of Bahrain. Her arrival was a rebirth of sorts, marking the beginning of a new shift in US naval strategy.

Drought in America’s Corn Belt Worsens; Food Prices Likely to Rise

Catherine Foley

The US Corn Belt has been hit hard by drought over the past month, increasing corn prices and posing a major food security challenge.

Supply and Demand Behind the Burning of Flags

Matthew Wallin

Of the many ways in which foreign populations express their displeasure with America, few are as symbolically hurtful as burning the American flag.

The US Needs Domestic Access to Rare Earth Minerals

Lauren Haigler

The House recently passed legislation to streamline the federal mining permit process in hopes of opening up a domestic rare earth minerals market. It is seen as unlikely to be taken up by the Senate.

A Failure to Plan for Afghanistan’s Future

Joshua Foust

The story of Karz represents many of the lessons we need to learn about Afghanistan that the American Security Project is analyzing in a report to be released this week.

Shale Gas Regulation

Nicholas Cunningham

By now, it has become a widely accepted axiom that advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are “revolutionizing” the U.S. energy landscape. The critical question is how to do it in a responsible, safe, and environmentally benign manner.

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