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House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D., Mo.) sent a sharply worded letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, chastising him for failing to provide documents to justify the Pentagon's decision to shut the Virginia-based Joint Forces Command.
On the afternoon of 10 October, the owners of the Panama-flagged MV Izumi reported that they had received an automatically released distress signal indicating that the vessel was likely to be under pirate attack.
The U.S. military is starting to see signs that the troop surge in Afghanistan is working on a timetable similar to the Iraq reinforcement campaign in 2007, according to an outside adviser and military sources.
The Russian navy on Thursday successfully test-fired an advanced ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine, giving a boost to the nation's top weapons program that has been haunted by a string of failures.