NEWS & ANALYSIS

U.A.E. Scrutinizes Residents for Iran Ties

The United Arab Emirates, a neighbor and trading partner with Iran, is taking a closer look at government workers and foreign residents due to concerns about possible infiltration by Iranian agents, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Energy Companies Vie for Iraq Oil

Three international oil consortiums have agreed to Iraq's terms for investment, which they rejected in a bid round this summer, to develop two oil fields in the south of the country, according to media reports of a press conference with Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani on Tuesday.

USAF Shoots Down Out-of-Control Reaper Over Northern Afghanistan

The United States Air Force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Sunday morning after it lost control of the aircraft over a remote area in Northern Afghanistan.

Despite Contractor Scandal, U.S. Doubles Down on Private Security

Despite the scandal engulfing private embassy security in Afghanistan, the U.S. government will increasingly rely on private security contractors to protect U.S. personnel and property as U.S. troops leave Iraq.

Police Protest Tactics Need Review, U.K. Watchdog Says

A new report by a U.K. government watchdog recommended that London's Metropolitan Police overhaul its protest policing tactics in light of mistakes made during the G20 protests,according to the Guardian.

Air Force: Drones Will Become More Discriminate Killers

The U.S. Air Force has invested in new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be smaller, will hunt in packs, and will kill more discriminately, reports Esquire.com.

Fewer Contractors in Gates' Pentagon Budget

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to convert 11,000 private contractors to full-time government employees as part of his proposed budget for fiscal year 2010.

Intelligence Chief Outlines Global Security Outlook

Admiral Dennis C. Blair, the newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence, presented the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday an overview of the global security threats currently facing the United States.

Obama to Combat Flow of U.S. Arms to Mexico

With the majority of weapons smuggled into Mexico coming from the United States, President-elect Barack Obama promised Mexican President Felipe Calderon at a summit yesterday that he would do everything in his power to stop the cross-border flow of guns from America, reports The Houston Chronicle. (Updated)

Rockets Fired Into Northern Israel from Lebanon

Both the governments of Israel and Lebanon downplayed rocket fire from southern Lebanese territory today, which struck northern Israel as fears rise that a second front may open over the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
 




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