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NATIONAL SECURITY

Army mulls future of National Guard, Reserve
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Leaders of the National Guard and Army Reserve are looking to theater security cooperation missions as a way to keep their forces ready, even as demand for boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan declines after almost a decade of war. The Reserve already is involved in these missions — working with partner nations; building schools and roads; providing medical and dental care, administering immunizations and giving lessons on diet and nutrition. More



Mullen: New Army officers should be soldiers, statesmen
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The newly commissioned officers of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2011 should strive to be soldiers as well as statesmen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the academy's commencement. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told the 1,031 graduating cadets that they will be members of a team that has helped to bring about success in Iraq, progress in Afghanistan, and support the United States and its allies are providing over Libya as it works to ensure security around the globe. More

White House launches US international cyber strategy
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White House officials launched a strategy that the administration says unifies U.S. engagement with international partners on a range of cyber issues for the first time. The International Strategy for Cyberspace was presented here by Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III. More

EMPLOYMENT


Officials announce finalists for employer awards
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Thirty employers have been chosen as finalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Freedom Awards for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and reserves. The finalists were selected from 4,049 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members or their families, said officials from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency. More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 
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MILITARY VOTING


Federal grants aim to improve absentee voting
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State and local election officials may apply for grants to research and develop electronic options for improving absentee ballot voting for military and overseas citizens, under a new $15.5 million program announced by the Defense Department. The program, called Electronic Absentee Systems for Elections, is a Federal Voting Assistance Program initiative to overcome the main problem faced by military and overseas voters cited in 2008: ballot transmission. Election officials reported the most common reason that ballots from military and overseas citizens are not counted is that ballots are received after the deadlines. More

EQUIPMENT


Senators put DOD, Lockheed on notice about costs for F-35 program
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Senators issued tough warnings to Pentagon and Lockheed Martin officials over the F-35 fighter program, which is on track to cost $152 billion more than initially projected. Frustrated by schedule delays and cost breaches for a fighter once billed as a bargain, Senate Armed Services Committee members took a hard line — even threatening to pull the panel's decades of support for the program. More

VETERANS AFFAIRS


Military probes Agent Orange claims
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The U.S. military said that an initial investigation into claims that it buried Agent Orange on a base in central South Korea in 1978 determined that some dangerous chemicals were buried there around that time but removed in 1979 and 1980. The lead investigator into the allegations, Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, said in a statement that it wasn't yet clear if what they've found directly correlates to claims made by former military personnel to an Arizona TV station last week. More

SERVICE SECTIONS


Army Reserve centers face budget axe
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The Army Reserve wants to open support centers at colleges and universities across the country in an effort to connect Soldiers with their GI Bill benefits and assist families who live far from a military installation, the wife of the Army Reserve's top general said. But budget constraints threaten to gut the program before it's fully in place. More

Thousands of civilian jobs won't be filled
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The Air Force has put the brakes on civilian hiring in an effort to slow civilian workforce growth and save money. It had planned to fill 21,500 new civilian positions for fiscal 2012, but the cost of a decade at war and the lagging economy will leave the service with only enough money to hire about 4,000, said Bill Snodgrass, chief of the manpower programming division for the Air Force. More

US military forges ahead with European force cuts
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The U.S. 1st Armored Division lowered its flag this month in a ceremony that signaled the quiet return home of a unit whose tanks first rumbled onto the continent through Italy during World War II. The Wiesbaden casing of colors ceremony also marked a milestone in the ongoing transformation of the American military. The sending off of the last division deployed in Europe at the height of the Cold War symbolizes the shift in favor of smaller, lighter units that planners say are better poised to meet today's threats. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of May 17
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This week the Army and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps announced an increase. The net collective result is 790 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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