[RealClearDefense] From the Washington Times: “Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as ‘critical’ and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing...

WHITE HOUSE PREPS MENU OF OPTIONS TO RESPOND TO RUSSIA

[RealClearDefense] From the Wall Street Journal: “Uncertain of Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in Ukraine, the Obama administration is preparing a menu of responses that range from expanded economic sanctions to possible military deployments in Europe to reassure anxious allies, U.S. officials say.

Australia Likely To Order More F-35s

By Bradley Perrett [Aviation Week & Space Technology], April 07, 2014 - The defense department has recommended the F-35 order, probably worth around $8 billion, and the proposal has the endorsement of a leading think-tank. The government shows every sign of accepting the recommendation, says a source closely connected to the authorities.

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