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March 15, 2013
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  In the Pentagon 
  • Study calculates total cost of Iraq War
    The war in Iraq cost the U.S. at least $2.2 trillion and caused 190,000 deaths, including nearly 8,000 U.S. service members and contractors, according to a study released by Brown University. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, responding to the report, said, "Compared to where we were in the Saddam era, we now have a bilateral security agreement. We have deep economic interests and ties. We have a security relationship. We have a political relationship." Stars and Stripes/Deutsche Presse-Agentur (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  • Unemployment among reservists could hurt readiness, lawmakers say
    U.S. lawmakers at a recent hearing expressed concern about the high unemployment rate among National Guard and Reserve members. Some have pegged the jobless rate at nearly 50% among reservists. "Such levels of unemployment have significant ramifications for not just the service members but also for our national defense," said Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas. Navy Times (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers criticize Pentagon's request for more base closures
    House lawmakers at a hearing on Thursday voiced opposition to another round of base closures proposed by the Pentagon. "I have yet to see any empirical evidence that would provide even the slightest degree of support for another round of BRAC," said Rob Wittman, R-Va., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's readiness subcommittee. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Home Front 
  Reserve Life 
  • Ohio school pilots a program to help vets find work
    Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is offering a four-week intensive program to train veterans in advanced manufacturing skills. The Get Skills to Work program is backed by such companies as Alcoa and General Electric and is part of an effort to put 100,000 vets back to work across the country. USA Today/The Cincinnati Enquirer (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senators seek to restore military tuition assistance
    Two U.S. senators have introduced a measure that would restore tuition assistance to military members. "Though I understand that the Department of Defense has tough budget decisions to make, I believe that it is shortsighted to completely suspend this program," Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said in a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Stars and Stripes (3/14) , The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Adventure is not outside man; it is within."
--George Eliot,
British writer

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