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General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Afghan forces would be in the lead throughout Afghanistan by May or June, and that it will be up to them to determine whether areas currently contested by the Taliban revert to Afghan control. He also said he had grave concerns that the Syrian conflict could drag on for years.
Defense Secretary Hagel said North Korea's recent actions constitute a "clear and present danger." In a formal declaration, North Korea said today it had "ratified" an attack on the US involving possibly a "diversified nuclear strike." The Pentagon announced its plans to send a ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the next few weeks. The US is speeding up its training of the Syrian rebels.
Top ISAF commander General Dunford said conditions in Afghanistan are not yet such that "al Qaeda and other international extremist groups will not be able to conduct attacks on the West." Defense Secretary Hagel is expected to announce significant cuts to defense spending. The US deployed F-22 stealth bombers to take part in defensive military drills in South Korea.