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October 2, 2012
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  In the Pentagon 
  • U.S. links freed militant to Libya consulate attack
    Militants freed from prisons during social upheavals that swept the Middle East last year may be an emerging threat to Western security interests, this article says. U.S. officials believe fighters linked to released Egyptian militant Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad were behind last month's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Wall Street Journal (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NATO-Afghan operations are back up to speed, official says
    NATO commanders have resumed most joint operations with Afghan security forces after a series of insider attacks forced a suspension in September, according to NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "Almost all partnered activities have now been resumed, and that reflects an assessment made by our commanders as regards the overall security situation," Rasmussen said. The Baltimore Sun/Reuters (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Biden praises MRAPs at ceremony
    Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are providing lifesaving service to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vice President Joe Biden said at a ceremony that established an MRAP program in each military branch. Research has found that individuals riding in MRAPs are 14 times more likely to survive an explosion than those in standard Humvees. "I felt a hell of a lot better ... knowing that while my son was in theater, MRAPs were available," said Biden, whose son served in the Delaware Army National Guard. The Washington Times (10/1) , USA TODAY (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • Wis. National Guard unit trains to prevent insider attacks
    Sixteen members of the Wisconsin National Guard have agreed to undergo an accelerated training schedule to participate in a unit that will mentor Afghan soldiers and work to prevent insider attacks. The unit is being trained on how to recognize the possibility of insider attacks and on how to build trust with Afghan soldiers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(tiered subscription model) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • GAO: Effort to speed up VA disability claims processing fails
    The introduction of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System to merge Defense and Veterans Affairs Department efforts has failed to cut processing times for disability claims in the years since its inception, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Processing times have actually increased, with claims processing now taking 295 days for active-duty troops and 305 days for reserve-component members. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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