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Polar Vortex in U.S. May be Example of Global Warming

Andrew Freedman / Climate Control

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.


Poll: Cyberwarfare Is Top Threat Facing US

Zachary Fryer-Biggs / Defense News

Cyberwarfare is the most serious threat facing the United States, according to almost half of US national security leaders who responded to the inaugural Defense News Leadership Poll, underwritten by United Technologies.


China Is the Top Foreign Investor in U.S. Firms Critical to National Security

Tim Fernholz / Defense One

China overtook the United Kingdom last year as the country that received the most scrutiny of its US investments, according to the US government.


U.S. and Iran Face Common Enemies in Mideast Strife

Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times

Even as the United States and Iran pursue negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, they find themselves on the same side of a range of regional issues surrounding an insurgency raging across the Middle East.


Nuclear Fuel Storage Remains Safe, Panel Members Say

Matthew L. Wald / New York Times

Most members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission indicated on Monday that they considered it safe to continue storing most spent nuclear fuel in pools, even though concerns remain about potential accidents and terrorist attacks.


India, Japan to Further Crank up Defense Ties

Rajat Pandit / Times of India

With an eye firmly on China, India and Japan on Monday decided to “further consolidate and strengthen their strategic and global partnership” in the defense arena through measures ranging from regular joint combat exercises and military exchanges to cooperation in anti-piracy, maritime security and counter-terrorism.


Should America Start Exporting Oil?

Keith Johnson / Foreign Policy Magazine

Energy execs and a powerful senator say it’s time — even though the U.S. still doesn’t drill enough to supply itself.


China Urges US to Punish Accused Arsonist in Consulate Fire

Voice of America

Authorities in China are urging the United States to aggressively pursue charges against a California man accused of setting fire to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on New Year’s Day.


Wooing Russia’s Twitterati

Anna Nemtsova / Foreign Policy Magazine

How the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow is using social media to get his message out.


USTR Reviews Trade Treaty Progress In 2013

Mike Godfrey / Tax News

In the review of its operations in 2013, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) pointed out that it has made “great strides” during the year, as it has “launched two groundbreaking trade negotiations, made substantial progress towards concluding a third, and secured the first major multilateral agreement in two decades.”


Turkish Graft Scandal Deepens with More Arrests, Police Dismissals

Daren Butler / Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government purged hundreds of police officers overnight, media said, as part of a crackdown on a rival he accuses of trying to usurp state power by tarring him with a specious corruption investigation.


Defense Budget in 2014: A Conversation with Russell Rumbaugh

Since sequestration and passage of the new budget the Defense Department has been adjusting to a reduced funding environment – and 2014 won’t be much different. The speaker will discuss the outlook for Pentagon spending in 2014.








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