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Gen. David Petraeus says Afghanistan war strategy 'fundamentally sound'
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In his first six weeks as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus has seen insurgent attacks on coalition forces spike to record levels, violence metastasize to previously stable areas, and the country's president undercut anti-corruption units backed by Washington. But after burrowing into operations here and traveling to the far reaches of this country, Petraeus has concluded that the U.S. strategy to win the nearly nine-year-old war is "fundamentally sound." More

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US, South Korea launch joint military exercises amid threats from North Korea
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Amid threats from North Korea, 86,000 U.S. and South Korean troops launched their latest round of joint military exercises, described by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as a deterrent against war. The 11-day drills, unlike naval exercises held last month in the Sea of Japan, are based largely on computer-simulated war games and are being held in the southern part of the peninsula. More

US backs Afghan plan to dump contractors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. military supports the Afghan government's plan to dissolve private security companies and is tightening oversight of its own armed contractors in the interim, an official said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called repeatedly for banning private security companies, saying they undermine government security forces. Contractors perform duties ranging from guarding supply convoys to personal security details for diplomats and businessmen. More


'G.I. Bill 2.0' passes Senate committee, gains support
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A Senate committee has taken a first step toward what veterans groups are calling "GI Bill 2.0" — a revised version of the year-old Post-9/11 GI Bill that attempts to simplify and clarify the education benefits program. Supporters of the changes say S 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, passed by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, could become law later this year, although many changes would not take effect until the fall 2011 school term. More

VA announces test of paperless claims processing system
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected its regional benefits office in Providence, R.I., to test a paperless system and new procedures to improve processing of Veterans' claims for disability compensation. "This test program marks a major milestone in VA's move to paperless processing," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "It supports VA's transformation of the claims process to ensure speedy delivery of benefits to Veterans, their families and their survivors." More


Discharges for adjustment disorder soar
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Two years ago, under congressional pressure, the military changed its policy on separating troops dealing with combat stress for pre-existing personality disorders — an administrative discharge that left those veterans without medical care or other benefits. Now, veterans advocates say, the personality-disorder discharges have been replaced with similar discharges for "adjustment disorder." And once again, Congress seems poised to jump in. More


US, Pakistani forces collaborate to help flood victims
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The flood in Pakistan has caused unprecedented damage and left millions of people across the country homeless. The problem is beyond comprehension, and international support groups, including the U.S. military, are doing what they can to help. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Nagata, deputy commander of the U.S. defense representative's office in Pakistan, joined a "DoD Live" bloggers roundtable to discuss the details and operational aspects of ongoing U.S. military flood relief operations in Pakistan's Swat Valley. More


Virginia politicians plan JFCOM counterattack
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Reeling from the abrupt announcement that the U.S. Joint Forces Command is targeted for closure, Virginia lawmakers spent the week planning a legal counterattack. Losing the Norfolk-based command, which employs about 2,800 military and civilian personnel and another 3,000 contractors, could mean job losses for hundreds or even thousands of Virginians. More


Oil spill shows difficulty the Coast Guard faces as it balances traditional tasks with post-9/11 missions
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The U.S. Coast Guard in recent years has fought international terrorism, defended Iraqi pipelines and patrolled for pirates in the Arabian Sea. Its work in such high-visibility missions accelerated after Sept. 11, 2001, when Congress swept the Coast Guard into the Homeland Security Department. More funding followed. But the changes had the unintended consequence of lowering the profile of the Coast Guard's vital programs related to oil. "Priorities changed," a 2002 Coast Guard budget report said. More

Army sustainability report highlights energy and environmental achievements
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The Army's recently released Sustainability Report is the Army's second annual sustainability report. It details energy and environmental achievements and milestones supporting the Army's sustainability concept and goals. The report is published in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. This widely recognized framework is used by corporations and governments around the world to measure and publicly report their economic, environmental and social performance. More

Gates visits marine, SEAL training in San Diego
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A trip that started with presiding over the assumption of command for a four-star Marine Corps general ended with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presiding over a Marine Corps Recruit Depot graduation ceremony. Gates also observed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. The secretary presided Aug. 11 at the assumption of command for Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, who has almost 40 years of military service, as the commander of U.S. Central Command. The secretary met servicemembers on the other end of the personnel pipeline, participating in the graduation of A Company, 1st Training Battalion, and of sailors striving to be SEALs with Class 84. More


National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 10, 2010
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This week the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy announced an increase. The Coast Guard reported no change. The net collective result is 289 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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