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March 27, 2013
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  • Obama signs spending bill; sequester stands
    Sequestration cuts have been locked into place for this year, as President Barack Obama has signed a 2013 spending measure that replaces the expiring spending measure. The $984 billion spending bill includes $85 billion in cuts for this year, including 8% reductions for the Pentagon. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Pentagon 
  • Pentagon looks for ways to minimize furloughs
    The Pentagon wants to reduce the number of furlough days required under sequestration, press secretary George Little said Tuesday. A spending bill signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama reallocates $10 billion to operations and maintenance and reportedly could help the Pentagon avoid furloughs. Government Executive (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S., Russia to discuss European missile shield
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, have agreed to reopen dialogue on a planned European missile defense shield. Previous talks regarding the shield stalled after NATO refused to guarantee Russia that the system would not interfere with Russia's nuclear deterrent. United Press International (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  Service Section News 
  • Marine Corps has no plans to change postwar strategy
    The Marine Corps is committed to becoming more maritime-based, regardless of the outcome of the Pentagon's review of its postwar national security strategy, says Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, a top officer. The service plans to be a light infantry force, often deploying on Navy ships, McKenzie says. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Bill would expand benefits for Vietnam vets who served off the coast
    Many Navy veterans who may have been exposed to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War aren't eligible for benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department to treat resulting health complications. The VA grants benefits related to Agent Orange only to veterans who served on land and on Vietnam's rivers. Legislation introduced this year seeks to make so-called "blue water" veterans eligible for benefits. McClatchy Washington Bureau (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. is overwhelmed by military health care issues, report finds
    The federal government failed to anticipate the severity of health problems that would arise from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now struggling to provide treatment to service members with post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions, according to an 800-page study released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine. "[T]he response does not match the magnitude of the problems, and many readjustment needs are unmet or unknown," the report says. USA Today (3/26) , blog (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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