MHN: Snowden Finds a Home, Post 2014 Afghanistan Troop Deal Said Near


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The second year of mandated military budget cuts is shaping up to be more painful than then the first.
Fewer troops, fewer ships and fewer benefits are all possible scenarios, said Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel.
The Pentagon is considering deep personnel cuts to the Army and Marine Corps and parking three of the Navy’s eight carriers.
The United States won’t pay $70 million to pull its equipment out of Afghanistan after all.
That was amount proposed by the Afghanistan government. But a contract signed by both countries in 2002 negates that.
 Former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, who exposed massive government surveillance programs, has found a new home.
At least for now.
Russian authorities have granted him asylum for one year.
The United States and Afghanistan are reportedly close to a deal on how many American troops will stay there after the general pullout date of 2014.
Numbers proposed are in the 10,000-troop range. About 66,000 U.S. troops currently deployed there.
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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.