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Budget tight, US unveils slimmer military
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President Barack Obama insists the United States will maintain what he calls the best-equipped military in history despite deep and looming defense budget cuts. In a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room, Obama has offered the outlines of an overhauled defense strategy. It is designed to contend with hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts and refocus the United States' national security priorities after a decade dominated by the post Sept. 11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More



DOD Leaders: US will remain world's strongest military
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The Defense Department's new, 10-year strategy will ensure the United States remains the world's strongest military power, DOD leaders emphasized in weekend interviews. In an interview with Bob Schieffer that aired on the CBS news program "Face the Nation," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the department is changing to respond to a new global reality. More

Budget cuts could spark showdown for Air Force, Guard and Reserves
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Air National Guard leaders expect their active-duty counterparts to gut the Guard's aircraft and missions once the service completes a new "force mix study" and serious defense budget cuts begin to take effect. A rift is appearing to form between the Air Force's reserve and active components, with leaders pointing fingers from both sides. One central venue for this new split will likely be the Air Force's review of the roles and missions that belong in the active component, Reserves and Guard as part of the larger Defense Department-wide effort ordered by President Barack Obama's new defense strategy. More

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Deadline nears for employer support award nominations
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Members of the National Guard and Reserves have just 10 more days to nominate their employers for the Defense Department's highest award recognizing employers who have gone the extra mile to support their reserve-component workers. Jan. 16 is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Since its inception in 1996, the award has recognized 160 employers who provided exemplary support far beyond their basic legal requirements. More

Upgrades continue amid questions about armor's future
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The Army won't be sized for big-time wars anymore. American units are going to begin coming home from Europe. There's a food fight in the works over what roles and missions, including heavy units, sluice down into the Guard and Reserves. But all that stuff is tomorrow or beyond. Today, the Army is making hay while the sun shines — it's going forward with its plan to continue improving its flaship M1 Abrams main battle tank. More

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Forces combined under one roof at new $29.5 million Reserve Center
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There is more room for learning how to quickly set up a battlefield surgery center, along with high-tech video simulators for weapons training and offices for recruiting new members and helping those who have returned from combat find a job. But what the 160,000-square-foot Armed Forces Reserve Center also does is bring several branches of the military under one roof, saving money and providing modern amenities that older facilities were lacking. More

Rules restrict political activity by DOD personnel
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With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials are in the process of issuing regular election-year guidance to remind military and Defense Department civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities. This issue — one the department regularly addresses during election periods — came to light earlier this week after an Army Reserve soldier in uniform appeared endorsing a political candidate. More

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Job help for returning troops picking up steam
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Neil Uemura spent a year and a half in Iraq with the Army and then spent the year after returning home looking for work. He latched onto a new internship program for veterans and returning troops that Zions Bank launched in August and recently transitioned to a full-time job with the bank investigating ATM fraud. Nine of the 11 inaugural interns now have full-time jobs, one is currently deployed with the military and one has a job pending as the bank gets ready for its second round of interns. More

Virginia lawyers help Iraq, Afghanistan veterans get benefits, handle other legal issues
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Virginia lawyers are pitching in to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans obtain benefits or resolve other legal issues. Volunteer lawyers are donating their services to veterans through a Virginia Bar Association initiative. They help veterans who have problems concerning benefits, disabilities and discharges. More

Coast Guard acquisition chief: Deepwater dead
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The Coast Guard's acquisition chief has officially declared the multibillion-dollar Deepwater acquisition plan as dead. "The time has come for the U.S. Coast Guard to officially drop the Deepwater name from any reference to our acquisition portfolio," Rear Adm. Jake Korn, assistant commandant for acquisition, said in an article published last month in the agency's Service Lines magazine. Performance on the last line item under the Integrated Coast Guard Systems contract — a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman — ends this month, Korn said. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Jan. 3
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This week the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists. The net collective result is 1,312 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More


 


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