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President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel to replace retiring Secretary of Defense Panetta, and John Brennan to head the CIA, in place of David Petraeus, who resigned in November. Suspected al Qaeda plotter Abid Naseer pled not guilty to terror charges in New York. Wanted bank hacker Hamza Bendelladj was arrested in Thailand; he will be extradited to the US. Chinese-made computer switches at the Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory were removed due to security concerns.
About 400 US troops are deploying to Turkey this week to man two US-supplied Patriot missile batteries along the Syrian border. President Obama signed a defense bill restricting transfers of detainees from Guantanamo and Parwan prisons, but attached a signing statement challenging some of the bill's provisions.
General John Allen submitted plans for a US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014 with three options: 6,000; 10,000; and 20,000 troops. A federal judge reluctantly ruled that the Justice Department need not make public a legal memorandum justifying the targeting of US citizen and al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki.