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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.
Classified Defense Department studies summarized by the General Accounting Office cast doubt on the feasibility and practicality of a multibillion-dollar missile shield designed to protect the US from Iranian missiles. General Allen said he did not believe a more moderate branch of the Taliban supporting women's right to education had emerged. Defense Secretary Panetta lobbied against looming cuts in defense spending.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsani Nafis, a Bangladeshi man who came to the US for violent jihad, pled guilty in Manhattan to plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve Building. He said he was influenced by al Qaeda's Inspire magazine and ideologue Anwar al Awlaki. Secretary of State John Kerry said the US was looking at possible new approaches to the Syrian conflict, and cited the threats posed by the Al Nusrah Front and the influx of fighters from al Qaeda in Iraq.
CIA director nominee John Brennan testified that US drone strikes meet "rigorous standards" in "full compliance with the law" and that civilian casualties are "exceedingly rare, and much, much rarer than many allege." He also said the US remains "at war with al Qaeda and its associated forces." The US is urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah a terrorist entity.