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October 29, 2012
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  • Defense Department names disaster-response commanders
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has appointed "dual status commanders" to several states along the East Coast to help manage Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The commanders, most of whom are high-ranking state National Guard officers, have authority over federal and state National Guard troops. U.S. News & World Report (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • U.S. seeks Algerian support for international Mali operation
    U.S. officials are urging Algerian authorities to support an emergency military intervention by international forces into northern Mali. Militants linked to al-Qaida have reportedly been waging a terror campaign in the region, which has sparked concerns about security across North Africa. The Washington Post (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Congressman prepares new legislation on absentee voting
    Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, plans to introduce legislation that aims to ensure a reasonable time frame for military service members and their family members to submit absentee voting ballots. Several states reportedly failed recently to meet a deadline for mailing ballots. Olson's legislation would delay certification of election results by one day for each day that absentee ballots are sent out past the deadline. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Senators request declassification of Libya attack video
    Republican senators have sent a letter to the Defense Department, CIA and Justice Department requesting the declassification of surveillance footage from the Benghazi, Libya, consulate attack that killed four Americans on Sept. 11. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said the video was important for helping Americans learn the facts about the attack. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Home Front 
  • U.S. security forces train for zombie attack
    Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel are gearing up to fight off a zombie invasion as part of an emergency-response exercise. The training will simulate an attack on a VIP and his security detail in a village surrounded by zombies. "This is a very real exercise; this is not some type of big costume party," said Brad Barker, president of Halo, the security company hosting the exercise. Army Times/The Associated Press (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reserve Strength 
  • Army works on new mission to support Asia-Pacific focus
    Army leaders have quietly been preparing to realign resources so the service can play a prominent role in the military's shift in focus to the Asia-Pacific region, this article says. The Army's ground presence will be key to establishing military partnerships in the region, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said last week. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Jon Stewart conducts mock job interviews with combat medics
    Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" has recorded mock interviews with Army medics to highlight how veterans face unnecessary obstacles when transitioning to the civilian workforce. The interviews seek to demonstrate how service members with experience treating life-threatening injuries in combat would lack the proper certifications to become a school nurse. Business Insider (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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