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NATIONAL SECURITY


U.S. military playing expanded role in Pakistan
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U.S. Special Operations Forces on a training mission in Pakistan are playing an expanded but largely unseen role in the country's counterinsurgency campaign, working with paramilitary units to "hold and build" tribal areas as militants are cleared out. More

Gates urges funding for special operations
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates talked budget issues at the Naval Academy during a Forrestal Lecture series. He stressed the importance of getting special operations funding, which has been one of his priorities since he first took office. More

Defense chief says nuke meeting a good first step
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says this week's nuclear security conference represents the first real concerted international effort to confront the threat of nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists. More

BENEFITS


Strict deadlines, disabled veterans and dismissed cases
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three years ago, the Supreme Court said there are some filing deadlines so rigid that no excuse for missing them counts, even if the tardiness was caused by erroneous instructions from a federal judge. The vote was 5-to-4, and Justice David H. Souter wrote a furious dissent. "It is intolerable for the judicial system to treat people this way," he said, adding that he feared the decision would have pernicious consequences. He had no idea. More

Vets can relax on reform
The Orlando Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the wave of confusion, misinformation, and partisan histrionics that followed the passage and signing into law of the comprehensive health-care reform bill, it is not surprising that Florida's military retirees would be apprehensive about the fate of their own health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs or through Tricare. More

VA health information technology improves quality of health care while reducing costs
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has shown that health information technology provides improved quality of health care and substantial cost savings, according to a study in the public health journal Health Affairs. The use of technology lowered costs while producing improvements in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. More

New benefits available for Agent Orange illnesses
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Vietnam Veterans will soon be able to claim health benefits related to three diseases now being attributed to Agent Orange. The New York state Division of Veteran's Affairs has begun to provide new outreach services for Vietnam era war veterans in response to three diseases being added to the list of presumptive conditions from exposure to Agent Orange. The diseases include B-cell leukemias such as hairy-cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease, bringing a total of 14 conditions assumed to be associated with Agent Orange. More

SERVICE SECTION NEWS


National Guard supports nuclear summit
The U.S. Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The National Guard is helping civilian authorities to protect 46 heads of government and international organizations at the largest domestic summit since the founding of the United Nations. President Barack Obama is hosting 43 heads of state and three heads of international organizations for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit. National Guard soldiers and airmen are among those supporting civilian authorities in the largest security operation since Obama's inauguration, when about 10,000 Guard members were on hand. More

Guardsmen, senators rip Air Force C-130 plan
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Guardsmen and lawmakers are up in arms over an Air Force plan to cut 21 C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Air National Guard's inventory in fiscal 2011. The Air Force's budget calls for 12 C-130s to be transferred from several Guard units around the country to active duty at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. Six aircraft from the Puerto Rico Air Guard and seven from the Arkansas Air Guard would be retired, while four C-130s would be added to the Guard's stock. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of April 6, 2010
U.S. Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week the Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy and Air Force announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,323 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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