National Security Brief: Iran Ready To Boost Nuclear Capacity

— Diplomats told Reuters that Iran has nearly completed installing centrifuges at an underground nuclear facility and could increase uranium enrichment “within a few weeks.”

— The CIA’s inspecter general is investigating former CIA Director David Petraeus after he stepped down over an extra-marital affair. The inquiry will focus largely on whether Petraeus misused the trappings and perquisites of his position, including security details, private jets and special accommodations, to facilitate the affair.

— The Pentagon has reportedly told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria‚Äôs stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials.

— A group of national security and budget experts have proposed a new defense strategy that could save the federal government hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. Meanwhile, a report commissioned by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) found near $70 billion in the Pentagon’s budget during the next decade designated for projects that have little to do with defending the nation.

— The New York Times reports: At least four people were killed and 17 others injured in Midland, Tex., on Thursday evening when a freight train crashed into a parade float at an event honoring veterans, the authorities said.