National Security Brief: McKeon Bucks The Labor Department

— The House Armed Services Committee chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) told members of the defense industry to ignore the Labor Department’s guidance to defense contractors that they’re not required to send pre-election layoff warnings to their employees.

— The New York Times reports: Using its New York-based operations, a major British bank schemed with the Iranian government for nearly a decade to launder $250 billion, leaving the United States financial system vulnerable to terrorists and corrupt regimes.

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— The Defense Department will encourage companies to build solar power plants and wind farms on 16 million acres of open land surrounding military bases, making each base less dependent on the nation’s aging electricity grid.

— A Syrian opposition source told U.S. News & World Report that nearly 20 high-ranking Syrian military officers defected to Turkey on Monday the same day former Prime Minister Riad Hijab had defected to Jordan.

— Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday that a terrorist attack that killed 15 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday night should serve as “a wake-up call” to the new Egyptian president about the growing danger in the Sinai Peninsula and the border between the two nations.