— years ago Friday, the last U.S. troops left Vietnam. Good Friday, indeed (even if it were a Thursday back in 1973).
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North Korea’s Secret Weapon?

Kim Jong Un has ordered North Korean rocket forces to be ready to strike the U.S. and South Korea as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel denounced the Hermit Kingdom’s “provocative actions and belligerent tone.”

Kim’s orders …

There will be changes, some significant changes. There's no way around it. I would say also this is an imperfect process, and any decisions we make -- and we'll have to make some and will make some -- will be within the context of that imperfection. But we don't have any choices but get through a very significant analysis, back to why I asked the chairman and the deputy to lead a review on intensifying a review on everything. I mean, what do we really need? How do we protect those strategic interests? There are some opportunities in that, I think. I think everyone would agree we would just assume not have to find the high ground of opportunities this way, but we are where we are. So that's what we're going to do.
— Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, outlining his strategy for cutting Pentagon spending to reporters on Thursday.

No Comp Time!

There’s less competition for Pentagon contracts these days. Click on chart for more.

“Bomb. James Bomb.”

Kim Jong-un signs rocket orders under sign saying “Strategic force’s plan to hit the mainland of the U.S.”

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That’s the total number of digits that Battleland’s tried and true Texas Instruments’ TI-1795+ calculator can display.

We bought it nearly 20 years ago, and have used it nearly every day to keep track of Pentagon …

$4 Trillion

— The latest estimate, here, of the cost to the U.S. of waging the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, from Harvard researcher Linda Bilmes. The eventual cost could reach $6 trillion, she estimates, or nearly $20,000 per American.
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