February 1st, 2010
06:13 AM ET
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Review shows dramatic shift in Pentagon's thinking

According to Pentagon officials, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be asking for $708 billion, including funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- $44 billion more the 2010 budget of $664 billion.
According to Pentagon officials, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be asking for $708 billion, including funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - $44 billion more the 2010 budget of $664 billion.

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon will no longer shape the U.S. military to fight two major conventional wars at once, but rather prepare for numerous conflicts and not all in the same style, according to a draft of a new strategic outlook the Pentagon is announcing on Monday.

The new mantra for military planners will replace the almost 25-year-old combat planning style of fighting and winning two major conventional wars in two different locations in favor of a fighting force that is capable of protecting U.S. interests around the world from a range of threats, from terrorism to cyber attacks.

The change will be addressed in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, a congressionally mandated document that looks at future threats and the military's requirements to mitigate them.

"It is no longer appropriate to speak of major regional conflicts as the sole or even primary template for sizing, shaping or evaluating U.S. forces," according to a draft first obtained by Inside Defense.

The review will come on the same day the Pentagon presents its 2011 budget.

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February 1st, 2010
05:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Ex-Edwards' aide tells of politician's affair

Washington (CNN) - A new book about former Sen. John Edwards paints him as a cold, calculating and reckless politician willing to deny fathering a daughter, risking his marriage and putting the Democratic Party in potential political jeopardy - all in the name of trying to win the presidency.

In "The Politician," former Edwards' aide Andrew Young details the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee's efforts to conceal an ongoing extra-marital affair and the birth of a child out-of-wedlock in his 2008 run for the White House.

"The Politician" went on sale Saturday.

Young described an elaborate plan that allowed Edwards to maintain a mistress while he sought the Democratic presidential nomination. The plan was funded by two wealthy benefactors, the late trial lawyer Fred Baron and banking heir widow Bunny Mellon, but Mellon was unaware that her money was being used for the mistress.

A federal grand jury is investigating payments made to Hunter by the former senator's campaign and supporters. She had been a videographer as Edwards was preparing a bid for 2008 White House run.
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February 1st, 2010
04:56 AM ET
5 years ago

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Veteran political correspondent Candy Crowley was named on Sunday the new anchor of “State of Union,” CNN’s political news program. Crowley moves into the anchor chair that has been occupied for the past year by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent. King is moving to weekdays to anchor a new 7 p.m. ET political program.

CNN: Ex-Edwards' aide tells of politician's affair
A new book about former Sen. John Edwards paints him as a cold, calculating and reckless politician willing to deny fathering a daughter, risking his marriage and putting the Democratic Party in potential political jeopardy - all in the name of trying to win the presidency.

CNN: White House to roll out $3.8 trillion budget plan
President Obama will take the wraps off his $3.8 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2011 at a White House ceremony Monday. The spending package comes as the administration struggles to strike a balance between fiscal restraint and job creation in an economy that has struggled to rebound from recession.

New York Times: Forces Pushing Obama to Act on Gays in Military
President Obama and top Pentagon officials met repeatedly over the past year about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the law that bans openly gay members of the military. But it was in Oval Office strategy sessions to review court cases challenging the ban — ones that could reach the Supreme Court — that Mr. Obama faced the fact that if he did not change the policy, his administration would be forced to defend publicly the constitutionality of a law he had long opposed.

Politico: CIA ops moonlight in corporate world
In the midst of two wars and the fight against Al Qaeda, the CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side — a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation’s top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned.

CNN: Review shows dramatic shift in Pentagon's thinking
The Pentagon will no longer shape the U.S. military to fight two major conventional wars at once, but rather prepare for numerous conflicts and not all in the same style, according to a draft of a new strategic outlook the Pentagon is announcing on Monday.

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