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The Treasury Department designated Yahya Abu Al-Hamman, who heads the Sahel wing of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as a global terrorist. President Obama issued an Executive Order promoting information-sharing on cyberthreats between government and key infrastructure companies; 198 attacks on critical US infrastructure systems were reported last year.
General Lloyd Austin, nominated to lead the Central Command, urged that the Afghan military be kept at its peak strength of 352,000 troops, rather than the much lower number currently planned, in order to ward off the Taliban. Retiring Defense Secretary Panetta announced the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize the contributions of drone pilots and computer defense experts.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said the US would "lead the world" in responding firmly to threats such as North Korea's latest nuclear weapon test. A former police sergeant wounded in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting is joining with dozens of others shot by al Qaeda-inspired Major Nidal Hasan in a lawsuit against the US military for treating the incident as "workplace violence" rather than "combat related" terrorism.
President Obama announced in his State of the Union speech that the US will withdraw 34,000 troops from Afghanistan "over the next year," and that by the end of next year, "our war in Afghanistan will be over." He said the US is negotiating an agreement with Afghanistan to allow the US to focus on training and equipping Afghan forces and pursuing "the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates." He also said al Qaeda is now "a shadow of its former self" although "different Al Qaida affiliates and extremist groups have emerged, from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa" which pose a threat that "is evolving."
The National Intelligence Estimate stated that the US is being targeted by sustained cyber-espionage efforts that are undermining US economic competitiveness. The major offender by far is said to be China, and the losses to the US are thought to be in the tens of billions of dollars.