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Contrary to expectations that revenues would fall as the U.S. downsized its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, the professional services firm Deloitte gushes in a new report that “the resurgence of global security threats” promises a lucrative “rebound” in military spending.

As the clock counts down to the new year, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared for release.

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"A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various U military agencies," international security scholar Nafeez Ahmed writes at The Guardian.

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