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WASHINGTON: As the administration courts New Zealand’s support for its new Pacific strategy, at least some submariners are uneasy that the US might make too many concessions at the expense of the nuclear navy.

“The SecDef for some reason became fascinated with New Zealand,” said Rear Adm. Robert Thomas, noting the country’s contributions in Afghanistan and its strategic location in the South Pacific. “So the SecDef [Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta] kind of threw ‘em a bone recently with respect to maybe some policy changes down the road.” Keep reading →