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Alternate QDR: More troops, modern equipment
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Pentagon spending plans and cost-saving efforts would fall short of fielding the kind of modern combat arsenal likely needed to fight future foes, including a rapidly modernizing Chinese military, according to a high-level bipartisan group of defense experts. "We are concerned by what we see as a growing gap between our interests and our military capability to protect those interests in the face of a complex and challenging security environment," according to a congressionally mandated alternative to the Pentagon's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. More

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Defense bill pet projects cut by half
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One of the most powerful panels in the House has slashed the number of pet projects in the annual Pentagon spending bill by more than half. The reduction in the Defense Department's new spending measure illustrates how much has changed in the lucrative world of defense earmarks since last year. Republicans have banned pork-barrel projects from spending bills, while Democrats have instituted a moratorium on for-profit earmarks. More

A defense budget lesson we never learn
The Napa Valley Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The prospect of an exit from Iraq and Afghanistan has sparked rumblings on Capitol Hill that it's time to cut the defense budget. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says, "I'm pretty certain cuts are coming — in defense and the whole budget." Defense Secretary Bob Gates is already pushing to cancel some big-ticket programs and to wring savings out of the existing budget. If there were ever evidence that it's impossible to learn from history — or at least that it's difficult for politicians to do so — this is it. Before they rush to cut defense spending, lawmakers should consider the consequences of previous attempts to cash in on a "peace dividend." More

Obama signs $60 billion Afghanistan War bill to pay for increase in troops
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President Barack Obama signed a $60 billion war-funding bill that will pay for his plan announced last year to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The measure was approved by the Senate and passed the House of Representatives over the objections of some Democrats opposed to the war. It includes $33 billion for the increase in troops in Afghanistan, along with $5 billion in disaster assistance and $13 billion to help pay for ailments presumed to be linked to use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. More

Gates digs in on budget cuts
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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with more than a dozen top defense-industry executives last week to deliver a message: Start delivering cost savings, or the government will do it for you. The meeting raised the stakes for a sweeping initiative launched by Gates earlier this summer to trim the fat from the $700 billion U.S. military budget. Gates aims to realize savings of $100 billion over the next five years, freeing up money to ensure troops overseas are properly equipped and supported even as military budgets flatten. More

CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS


President Obama heralds end of combat in Iraq
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President Barack Obama takes the first steps of a U.S. victory lap on the war in Iraq. In a speech at the national convention of Disabled American Veterans, the President will pay tribute to Iraq war veterans, men and women whom he believes have "faced the greatest test in the history of our all-volunteer force," according to advance exerpts of his remarks. Obama will not declare "Mission Accomplished," as his predecessor President George W. Bush did, but he will declare the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as the war has been called since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. More

Gates, Pelosi split on Afghan pullout pace
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In a pair of interviews airing on ABC's "This Week," Defense Secretary Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. took decidedly different tacks about the speed with which U.S. troops should pull out of Afghanistan when the scheduled withdrawal gets underway next summer. "Well, first of all, I think that - my personal opinion is that - that drawdowns early on will be of fairly limited numbers. And as we are successful, we'll probably accelerate. But, again, it's - it will depend on the conditions on the ground," Gates said. More

Netherlands becomes first NATO country to end its combat mission in Afghanistan
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The Netherlands became the first NATO country to end its combat mission in Afghanistan, drawing the curtain on a four-year operation that was deeply unpopular at home and even brought down a Dutch government. The departure of the small force of nearly 1,900 Dutch troops is not expected to affect conditions on the ground. But it is politically significant because it comes at a time of rising casualties and of growing doubts about the war in NATO capitals, even as allied troops are beginning what could be the decisive campaign of the war. More

SERVICE SECTIONS


Defense review calls for Navy buildup
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A bipartisan, congressionally mandated defense panel challenged the Pentagon to broaden its focus beyond counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq and expand the Navy to deal with threats from rising powers in Asia. The report by the independent panel, headed by former White House National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Defense Secretary William Perry, calls for the U.S. military to shift its long-term focus to five areas, ranging from "radical Islamist extremism and the threat of terrorism" to confronting "an accelerating global competition for resources." More

Great Falls, Mont., competing with Boise, Idaho, for Operations Base
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The Air Force has released its candidate basing decision for the C-27J operations and training aircraft. The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved C-27J operations and training candidate bases. Training candidates are: Key Field Air Guard Station, Miss; Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Ohio. Operations candidates are: Boise Air Terminal AGS, Idaho; and Great Falls International Airport, Montana. The Air Force will conduct site surveys at the candidate locations and initiate the environmental impact analysis process in preparation for a final selection. More

USAFE chief: Don't rely on UAVs
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The Air Force's top officer in Europe has a strong message for supporters of unmanned aircraft: Remotely piloted planes won't be as effective in future wars as they are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Roger Brady, outgoing commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, laid out the limitations of unmanned aerial systems and pumped up manned aircraft in a no-holds-barred speech to more than 500 military leaders, engineers, scholars and UAS manufacturers. More

General: Spare Reserve Command from budget cuts
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Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, the commander of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command, is defending his command from looming spending cuts. In a report he provided as a part of the Pentagon's review of reserve component troops, Stenner warned against cutting resources out of the Reserve Command to maintain resources for the active duty force - a potential recourse for the Air Force as it faces looming budget cuts. More

PERSONNEL AND BENEFITS


VA is stepping up its services for female veterans
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About 1.8 million women have served in the U.S. military, and with 245,000 female soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it's estimated that within a decade, women will make up 16 percent of all veterans. Yet until recently, some health clinics for veterans did not have separate bathrooms for women. Some doctors who treat returning service members haven't kept up with medical advances on issues from sexual trauma to prosthetics to menopause. Some Veterans Affairs computers still spit out data mistaking female veterans for wives of men who fought. More

Concerns voiced over protection of soldiers' voting rights
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As the election season gears up and the races grow more contentious, the aphorism "every vote counts" will become evermore consequential. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Congress has purportedly worked to guarantee that every eligible American has the right to vote. This has not been the case, however, for our men and women in uniform. The Election Assistance Commission reports that during the 2008 election, 17,000 American soldiers fighting overseas had their votes thrown out. According to J. Christian Adams, a former attorney for the Department of Justice's Voting Rights Division, that year only an estimated 17 percent of deployed troops actually had their votes counted. More

Police chiefs release guides on returning combat veterans
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Combat veterans face many issues when they are deployed overseas to combat duty and then return to either new or previously held positions as federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. The International Association of Chiefs of Police and law enforcement leaders across the United States recognize the need for innovative reorientation policies, procedures, and training strategies to address the highly complex transitional process these veterans face upon return. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated
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This week the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 13,858 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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