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General John Allen, until recently the top commander in Afghanistan, declined the offer to head NATO and said he will retire to spend more time with his family. A US computer security firm alleged that hackers affiliated with the Chinese military have made over 140 significant intrusions into US corporate and government websites since 2006.
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.