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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.
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.