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November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 20, 2014

Former CIA Chief: Intel Community Can’t, on Its Own, Track Iranian Nuclear Development

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Hayden at an undated hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

With a deadline nearing for Iranian nuclear talks next week, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency warned Thursday that without an “invasive inspections regime” attached to any deal, “I am unwilling to guarantee American intelligence can sufficiently verify the agreement on its own.” Full story

Which House National Security Committee Leadership Posts Are Settled, Which Aren’t

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Granger speaks with reporters as she leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on July 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated Thursday, 11:38 a.m., 1:55 p.m.]

Most of the blood to be spilled in national security and foreign policy-related House committee leadership races has now been spilled. Here’s the landscape as a result, with notes in some cases. Full story

November 18, 2014

Afghanistan Corruption Getting Worse As U.S. Begins Exit, Inspector General Says


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Afghan security force members destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province on April 29. Citing the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Sopko said in January that the rise in opium production is expected to continue and threaten the stability of the Afghan government. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

For all the international community’s wrestling to get Afghanistan corruption under control, it’s only getting worse with the United States drawing down its troops, according to John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Full story

Is Russia Feeling the Economic Pressure?


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via the Economist on Twitter

The Economist considered the question of what’s happening with the ruble. How it’s doing has no small impact on Russia’s rabble-rousing on the world stage. Full story

November 17, 2014

Helicopters, ISR & NSA in the Week Ahead

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Ayotte on the campaign trail in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a week that’s loaded up in the middle even more than usual, with less happening on Monday and Friday than Washington, D.C.’s well-established tendency toward slow beginnings and sleepy endings.  Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

November 13, 2014

Making Sense of Russia’s Pledge for Gulf of Mexico Bomber Patrols

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Shoigu makes the military salute at the Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, during a Victory Day parade. (Krill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s probably a straightforward power play, the announcement by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that it would send bomber patrols to the Gulf of Mexico. But it might also feed into some larger trends. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 8:03 a.m.
Foreign Policy

November 12, 2014

Survey Finds Large Majority of Arabs Disdain Islamic State

By and large, Arab public opinion of the Islamic State and of the U.S.-led campaign against it has received scant attention even though it is Arab countries that have provided the bulk of recruits for the organization and it is Arab nations that are most immediately threatened by its territorial expansion. Full story

November 11, 2014

The Apec Summit Has Been Awwwwkward

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Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Shinzo Abe during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, Nov. 10 (Kim Kyung-Hoon-Pool/Getty Images)

Just look at those faces. Do Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping look happy to be shaking hands with one another? Not that they should be, given tensions between the two nations.

But it’s just one of several uncomfortable exchanges that occurred during the Apec Summit. It’s still probably only, like, third on the list of most awkward things happening there, with Russian President Vladimir Putin smoothing up on Xi’s wife near the top of that list. Full story

November 10, 2014

Congress Helping Afghan Translator Featured on ‘This Week Tonight’ (But Can Do More)

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Fnu Mohammad backstage for “Last Week Tonight,” via his Twitter page, @leavenoone.

Nearly 20 members of Congress have helped Fnu Mohammad, the Afghan interpreter featured last month on John Oliver‘s “This Week Tonight,” in his successful quest to come to the United States and in his as-of-yet unsuccessful effort to bring his family here with him.

Mohammad and some of the people helping him said the support from Congress has been pivotal – but that there’s more lawmakers can do to save the lives of people like him and his family. Full story

James Clapper Gets a Much-Needed Win in North Korea With Prisoner Release

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Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. adjusts his name plate as he arrives for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Jan. 29. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

James R. Clapper, Jr. has spent a lot of time on the ropes before this weekend; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (@senrandpaul), had called for his resignation last year, and as recently as two months ago there were still headlines out there like, “Why Is James Clapper Still Employed?”

His reputation should get a lift after voyaging to North Korea to serve as the Obama administration’s envoy to secure the release of Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller (no matter what Dennis Rodman [@dennisrodman] says about who really got them released). Full story

The Week Ahead: Congress Returns, Veterans Day

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A female member of the U.S. Army takes part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on 5th Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Congress is back in town, with plans to needle administration officials over Ebola and ISIS. Bruce Springsteen will be in town, too, for a Veterans Day concert. Full story

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

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Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook page.

It wasn’t a boring one.

  • Election crazy. We went nuts on election coverage and analysis here at Five By Five this week, from the altered state of the security agenda, to the key committee changes, to the reaction in various security/foreign policy spheres, to the new military experience in both the House and Senate.
  • Other parts of the world. Rachel Oswald (@oswaldrachel) had two dispatches for 5×5 about what U.S. diplomats were saying: the U.S. assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (on Zimbabwe) and the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (on Syria). Oh, and on the subject of Syria…
  • Serious coverage elsewhere. The Washington Examiner offered a contrarian point of view about how much impact the elections would have on national security. Away from the election: The Washington Post wrote about changes afoot with the Defense Clandestine Service. The Navy Times had the peculiar tale of the Navy intel chief being forbidden from viewing classified information.
  • Less serious coverage elsewhere. Navy Seal + dog rappelling into an NFL game = delirious reaction. And how does camouflage ice cream sound to you?

November 6, 2014

Poll: American Jewish Voters Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Bibi, U.S. Role in Middle East Peace

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Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking 19 years since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a peace rally on Nov. 5 at the Mount Herzel cemetery in Jerusalem. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

A poll commissioned by the group J Street found American Jews voted heavily for Democrats (69 percent) in this week’s elections. It also offered a window into their views on a range of foreign policy issues. Full story

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