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March 21, 2013
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  • Reserve chiefs discuss legislative priorities
    The leaders of the Reserve and National Guard each outlined their top three priorities at a meeting last week with House representatives. Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve, urged lawmakers to address the lack of funding for civilians employed by the Reserve, many of whom are dual-status reservists. He also cited National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account funds as crucial to the Air Force Reserve's modernization efforts. Air Force Link (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • N. Korea warns U.S. of possible retaliation
    North Korean authorities have threatened to launch attacks on U.S. bases in Japan and Guam in response to American aerial training missions over the Korean Peninsula and continued sanctions against Pyongyang. "Now that the U.S. started open nuclear blackmail and threat, the DPRK, too, will move to take corresponding military actions," a North Korean People's Army spokesman told the Korean Central News Agency today. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Obama budget: Offset sequester with $100B in Pentagon cuts
    The White House is proposing a 2014 budget that would not include sequestration cuts but would instead carve $100 billion out of defense spending beginning in 2019. The budget plan, which goes to Congress April 8, also would cut $100 billion in nondefense spending. Defense News (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • Marine Corps identifies victims of Nevada mortar blast
    Marine Corps officials have confirmed the identities of seven Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who were killed this week during a training exercise in Nevada. The Marines died from an explosion caused by mortar round detonating early in a launching tube. Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air Force official: Sequester won't kill global missions
    Despite a budgetary squeeze, the military shouldn't cut back too soon on deployments or missions, says Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, director of the Air Force quadrennial defense review at the office of the Air Force assistant vice chief of staff. "To presuppose that missions will go away because there is less money is shortsighted," Kwast said. "Creative approaches can create room where you can still accomplish things, but do them differently." (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • VA defends disability claims system
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has embarked on a campaign to demonstrate progress in tackling its troubled disability claims system, noting the agency has processed more than 4 million claims in four years. The VA has increased the number of claims by changing rules on PTSD diagnoses, adding nine qualifying presumptive diseases for Gulf War veterans, expanding benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange and launching an outreach program to help veterans apply for benefits. NextGov/What's Brewin' blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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