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US planning troop buildup in Gulf after exit from Iraq
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The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran. More



Challenges ahead for Iraqi forces' counterterror efforts
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Iraq's counterterrorism forces will lose critical intelligence and other specialized capabilities when American forces withdraw at the end of the year. Some military analysts worry the withdrawal could jeopardize the success these forces have had in weakening al-Qaeda's leadership in Iraq with daily raids on terrorist leaders. More

House Speaker to Super Committee: No more cuts to defense spending
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Top congressional Republicans, Democrats and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are united in a single message to the special bipartisan committee looking for ways to cut the deficit: Leave military spending alone. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters that the Pentagon budget was cut more than enough in the debt accord this past summer by President Barack Obama and Republicans. More

Congress works to avert defense budget cuts
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Weeks after agreeing to impose mandatory spending cuts on the federal government in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, members of Congress are hard at work to overturn a key element of the deal — the threat of automatic, steep cuts in the defense budget. The possibility of defense cuts — what budget insiders call a trigger mechanism — was intended to spur Republicans and Democrats to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. More

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Military retirement plan not 'unaffordable,' defense official says
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A senior defense official told a congressional panel that the current military retirement system is "neither unaffordable nor spiraling out of control, as some would contend," and cautioned against proposals to replace it with a private-sector-style plan. Jo Ann Rooney, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told a House Armed Services subcommittee that private-sector models "may not necessarily be the proper approach for the military." More

Retirement overhaul plan blasted
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The Defense Business Board's proposal to shift the military to a cheaper "contributory" retirement plan is "radical" and was released publicly without due regard for the impact it would have on troop morale in wartime. That was the charge leveled by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House armed services' subcommittee on military personnel, during a hearing where Defense officials were called to discuss a more thorough review of retirement they are conducting, for the future force only. More

Obama administration seeks to spur veteran hiring
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The Obama administration announced fresh steps to lift the hiring of military veterans, who face higher levels of unemployment than other Americans as thousands more prepare to return home from Iraq. President Barack Obama, currently touring electorally vital western states to convince voters he is doing everything he can to cut high U.S. unemployment, has repeatedly emphasized measures to aid veterans that resonate with many Americans. More

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DoD: Tuition assistance safe for now
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Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package. Current policy provides eligible service members up to $4,500 in tuition assistance. The Defense Department will pay up to $250 per semester hour for both undergraduate and graduate studies. More

Occupy Veterans movement growing across US
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Since Occupy Wall Street protests have broken out in cities across the U.S. and abroad, support has come from what might seem like an unlikely corner: war veterans. But two of the highest-profile protesters — each from opposite ends of the country — had served in wars. Last week, the world watched as bleeding, dazed 24-year-old Marine Scott Olsen was carried away by fellow protesters after he was struck in the head by an object apparently fired by an Oakland, Calif., police officer. And before that, Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas was captured on video confronting a group of New York police officers he said had been too rough with protesters. More

National Guard helicopters get high-tech equipment
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New high-tech equipment in two Louisiana National Guard helicopters lets the pilot and crew see things five miles away while relaying the images to people on the ground. Louisiana is one of the first four states to get the equipment designed for law enforcement and emergency missions, according to a National Guard news release. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Oct. 18
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This week the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Air Force announced a decrease. The net collective result is 745 more 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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