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September 26, 2012
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  In the Pentagon 
  • Analysis: Are Iran's threats believable?
    Iran has recently warned of its intention to strike U.S. bases in response to any attack by Israel, and experts say that the Iranian arsenal is formidable enough to overwhelm U.S. missile defense systems in the region and destroy American warships. However, Iran would not be able to withstand a counterattack from the U.S. and its allies. "The Iranian navy could hit us one time at sea or on shore. If they did that, we would eliminate all of their navy and probably most of their land-based missile capability," says Christopher Harmer, a former Navy commander. USA TODAY (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Bill to help vets obtain commercial driver's licenses gains support
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is asking the House to back a Senate bill that would help military veterans secure commercial driver's licenses after their service has ended. "If they have received driving training in the military, certainly they are ready to drive here in the U.S. as commercial drivers," said Rockefeller, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • Navy program aims to help reservists move to active duty
    The Navy has unveiled a program in which Navy reservists can rejoin the active force without having to follow the same procedures as new recruits. "The day is here where a sailor can go from active duty to the Reserve and back again without ever really having a break in service," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, former chief of the Navy Reserve. Navy Times (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  • Pentagon may have leeway on cuts, official says
    The Defense Department may not have to cut every program 9.4%, the department's comptroller says, which could mean that high-value programs can be shielded from deep reductions. Robert Hale says he believes from instructions he has received from the White House that the department can choose programs for cuts to meet the goals of budget reductions. Reuters (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reserve Life 
  • Veteran sues after being detained during traffic stop
    Wyoming police officers detained Marine Corps veteran Capt. Robert Pierson after discovering a legal sidearm during a traffic stop, according to a lawsuit filed by Pierson. The officers agreed to release Pierson under the condition that they would be allowed to shoot him if he made any sudden moves. "I was a little unnerved by the fact that they were threatening lethal force with a deadly weapon against a man who was compliant, in handcuffs, who had been screened," Pierson said. Stars and Stripes (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army develops new PTSD treatments
    As the Army observes its Suicide Stand Down this week, military planners are looking for ways to more effectively treat service members with PTSD. Current therapies have proven effective but can leave individuals still coping with symptoms such as sleep disorders and substance abuse, and many PTSD sufferers remain unable to easily access services, this article says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Opinionator blog (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."
--Corrie ten Boom,
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