A few items that caught our attention today: 

(Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters)

• The Post’s Anne Gearan reports on a rather scathing independent investigation that said the State Department provided “grossly” inadequate security and relied on local militias to protect the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya that came under attack on Sept. 11. 

• The Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran reports that a civilian husband-and-wife team of military analysts used their access to Gen. David H. Petraeus to press for changes in the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. 

• Reuters reports that the Air Force has approved the formal start of pilot training for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter A-model, a new stealth warplane. Thirty-six expert pilots will train to be instructors for the Training at a Florida military base next year. 

• The Post’s In the Loop reports that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is exploring options for a life in academia if she leaves her post with the Obama administration. Among the schools where she is thought to be a candidate: Princeton, her alma matter.  

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