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February 14, 2013
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  • Dempsey: Sequestration would "upend" U.S. defense strategy
    Sequestration threatens to push the U.S. into an unprecedented military readiness crisis, said Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. "Sequestration will upend our defense strategy. It will put the nation at greater risk of coercion. And it will require us to break commitments to our men and women in uniform and their families, to our defense industrial base, and to our partners and allies," Dempsey said. DefenseLINK (U.S. Department of Defense)/American Forces Press Service (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Pentagon 
  • U.S. should suspend aid to Afghanistan, SIGAR says
    The U.S. should "hit the pause button" in releasing funds to Afghanistan, as the Afghan government is plagued with corruption and U.S. auditors lack access to many U.S.-funded projects, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. About $20 billion has been appropriated for reconstruction but not spent, and about $10 billion more could soon be approved by Congress, Sopko said. Reuters (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Afghan-led operation targets Taliban stronghold
    More than a dozen insurgents and at least three Afghan security force members have been killed in an operation targeting a Taliban stronghold near Kabul, according to U.S. special forces. Afghan forces planned and are taking the lead in the operation while U.S. forces act as advisers. The fighting is reportedly unusually fierce for the winter months. Stars and Stripes (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to help veterans after sexual assaults
    Lawmakers in the Senate and House have introduced legislation intended to help victims of sexual assault in the military access disability benefits. The Ruth Moore Act of 2013 would make it easier for veterans to prove mental health issues resulting from sexual assault are service-related and qualify for VA benefits. Army Times (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Service Section News 
  • U.S. military curfew in Japan undergoes changes
    U.S. Forces Japan has eased the curfew for U.S. military service members, pushing back the start of curfew by one hour for those ranked E5 or below and dropping it completely for higher-ranked personnel. The Army and Air Force adopted the new rules immediately, but Navy officials have ordered a review before making any changes. (2/13) , Stars and Stripes (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Opinion: Veterans struggle to stay informed on education benefits
    Student veterans' groups have a done an admirable job establishing on-campus programs to help former service members, but many veterans still lack access to key information about their GI benefits while they are deciding which college to attend, writes Ryan Galluci, an Army veteran and the legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "Veterans should be armed with quality information before they start the application process. Once a veteran is on campus, it may be too late," he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/At War blog (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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