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Petraeus Testifies on Benghazi Attack

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has told a congressional panel that he believed from the onset that the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was the work of terrorists.

Lawmakers say the former CIA chief made the comments during Friday's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, regarding the deadly attack that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

USS Gary Boards Two Suspected Drug Smuggling Vessels, Sinks One

The U.S. 4th Fleet guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) boarded and searched two suspicious vessels, sinking one, of being involved in illicit cargo trafficking Nov. 7 as part of Operation Martillo.

Petraeus to Testify About Benghazi Attack

Former CIA Director David Petraeus will testify before a congressional committee this week about the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Petraeus will appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed door session on Friday, exactly one week after he resigned after an FBI investigation uncovered his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and raised concerns about a possible breach of national security.

Dempsey Says He Retains Confidence in Allen's Ability to Command

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he retains “absolute confidence” in Marine Gen. John Allen’s ability to command NATO’s international Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey called Allen a man of integrity during an interview aboard an Air Force C-40 taking him from Guam to Hawaii. Dempsey spoke to Allen following Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s decision to refer an investigation about Allen to the DOD Inspector General.

IS THE PETRAEUS SCANDAL A DISTRACTION?

The resignation of General David Petraeus after revelations of an extramarital affair sent shockwaves through DC. One of the more immediate effects was to temproarily halt his plans to testify in front of a Congressional committee on the 11 September, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.

DOD Inspector General Investigates ISAF Commander

The Defense Department inspector general has opened an investigation of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a statement.

The statement said the FBI referred a matter involving Allen to the Defense Department on Nov. 11.

Today, Panetta directed that the matter be referred to the DOD IG for investigation and informed the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The House Armed Services Committee also has been notified, he said.

Iranians Attacked U.S. Drone Over International Waters

A recent Iranian attack on a U.S. drone occurred over international waters, but the aircraft suffered no damage and returned safely to base, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Little said the Iranian aircraft fired on the drone and followed it as it flew over the Arabian Gulf last week.

Russia Hopes for US Flexibility on Missile Defense Plan

Russia says it expects the United States will show more flexibility in a dispute over U.S. missile defense plans following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Speaking Thursday at an international conference in Moscow, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin expressed hope that the U.S. president will take into account the opinions of Russia and others regarding the configuration of NATO's missile defense.

Official Describes Sequestration’s ‘Devastating’ Impact

A senior Pentagon official reflected on his past service in a hollow military as a precautionary tale to lawmakers to prevent sequestration from devastating the Defense Department’s budget.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his perspective as a former Army officer while speaking to an audience during the 31st Annual Government Contract Management Conference.