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Last week, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, stepped down after two years at the helm of DOD. Secretary Hagel was brought in to usher a new, cost savings-era at DOD and to oversee a withdrawal from engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the world looks much different today than it did 2 years ago. Recent events in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the threat of ISIL, among others, has led to continued military engagement and an American presence not foreseen in 2012.
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113th Congress Draws to a Close
There will be a flurry of activity as the 113th Congress draws to a close. With the House and Senate set to adjourn on Friday, December 12, there are precious, few days to finish legislative business. This week, the House and Senate are expected to consider the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If the bill is not passed this week, members and staff have little time to negotiate a deal because next week’s legislative business is set aside for Appropriations.
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EANGUS National Office to Unveil New Grassroots Advocacy Software
The EANGUS National Office will be utilizing new advocacy software tools to connect members to their elected officials. Before Congress adjourns next week, be on the lookout for Legislative Calls-To-Action from the EANGUS National Office prompting you to contact your delegation. EANGUS’s new advocacy tools include patch-thru calling technology, direct email capability, posting to your Delegate’s Facebook Wall, and tweeting to your elected officials.
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Army struggles with war-zone inventory
Defense News
As the Defense Department retrogrades mountains of equipment from Afghanistan, the US Army has failed to effectively report $419.5 million worth of equipment that may have gone missing, according to a recent DoD Inspector General’s audit. Some 15,600 pieces of equipment lost from the Bagram and Kandahar property redistribution yards were not reported in a timely manner by the unit responsible for tracking it, the 401st Army Field Support Brigade, according to the Oct. 30 audit.
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An inside look at Nebraska Army National Guard training
After a decade of Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers constantly at war in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the flow of deployments has slowed to a trickle. This time of transition impacts how soldiers train to be ready for the next mission, whatever it may be. Mike Tobias of NET News followed two units during weekend training.
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Missouri governor seeks more funding for state police, National Guard troops
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a special state legislative session to address "critical funding" needs for the National Guard and state police amid recent violent protests in Ferguson. In a late-night call with state legislative leaders, Nixon highlighted the session's urgency to ensure Guard members are paid on December 15, his office said in a statement.
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Army planner: Warfighting capacity at increasingly worrisome levels
U.S. Army
One of three things that the Army chief of staff worries about most is the possibility that at some point a combatant commander will request forces that are either not properly trained or are simply nonexistent, said his planning and operations point man. Of 36 brigade combat teams, only about one-third of them have a level of readiness necessary to deploy, said Maj. Gen. Gary Cheek, assistant deputy chief of staff for Operations and Plans, G-3/5/7. There are 10 brigades now deployed, and a major contingency could require about 20 additional brigades, so there's a discrepancy between what's available now and what would be needed, he added.
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US Army plans to send Abrams tanks and Bradleys to Eastern Europe
The new Army commander in Europe plans to bolster the U.S. armored presence in Poland and the Baltic states and keep rotations of U.S. troops there through next year and possibly beyond to counter Russia. Lt. Gen. Frederick "Ben" Hodges, who replaced Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell earlier this month as commander of U.S. Army Europe, said the Army was looking to add about 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the forces in Eastern Europe.
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111 Arkansas National Guard soldiers return home
The Associated Press via Military Times
More than 100 Arkansas National Guard soldiers were back home in time for Thanksgiving after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The 111 soldiers with the 216th Military Police Company arrived Nov. 26. The soldiers landed at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock about 1 p.m. and were bused to Fisher Armory in North Little Rock where they were greeted by hundreds of friends and family.
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Superman realized? Army tests load-lightening exosuits
Military Times via USA Today
The futuristic-looking exosuits being tested by U.S. Army researchers won't help soldiers outrun locomotives, and it'll still take more than a single bound to clear a tall building. But a final prototype of the device, which could cut a wearer's exertion level by 25 percent when carrying a 100-pound load and might let an unburdened soldier run a four-minute mile, could be tested in a realistic setting in less than two years, according to Maj. Christopher Orlowski, who runs the program under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's banner.
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41 total-force airmen selected as KC-46 aircrew
Air Force Reserve Command
Forty-one officers and enlisted members from active duty, Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard have been selected as KC-46 Pegasus initial operational test and evaluation aircrew, Air Force Personnel Center officials said recently. The KC-46 is slated to enter the Air Force inventory, pending the results of operational test and evaluation, in 2016. Developed by Boeing in Mukilteo, Washington, the aircraft is set to replace the KC-135 Stratotanker, which has been actively employed since 1956.
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