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A massive effort by U.S. and NATO forces — including offensives in the insurgent heartland and targeted assassinations of rebel leaders — has failed to dent Taliban numerical strength over the past year, according to military and diplomatic officials.
The number of suicides among active-duty Marines dropped last year for the first time since 2006, plunging 29 percent below 2009's record high. But suicide attempts climbed to their highest level since wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.
The U.S. has underestimated the pace of China's development of some cutting edge weapons, but China still lags in its ability to effectively deploy and use sophisticated systems, a top Naval Intelligence officer said today.
Tucked inside the defense-authorization bill passed last week in a lame-duck session are a few provisions that would expand Tricare coverage, and protect some beneficiaries from potential premium increases.
China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for Pacific allies.