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September 5, 2012
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  • DOD inspector general reports shortage of military voting offices
    Military voting assistance offices are in short supply across the globe, according to a report from the Department of Defense's inspector general. All military bases are required to have such offices under the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, but so far Congress has failed to provide enough funds the offices, the report notes. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Panetta's "humble" approach earns approval, raises questions
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's administrative style is internally described as "humble," as opposed to the bold, aggressive, more confrontational style of his predecessors. Having spent the majority of his career outside the military, he leads with a reliance on consensus and productivity, welcoming input from top military leaders, this feature says. Panetta's style, although appreciated, has also left some unanswered questions regarding the long-term direction of the Department of Defense. The Washington Post (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blast gauges on soldiers' uniforms aim to shed light on brain injuries
    Blast gauges being worn by about 7,000 troops in Afghanistan are being used to gain a better understanding of how explosions cause brain injuries. The gauges enable neuroscientists to measure the direction, speed and pressure of blast waves. "What in the explosive blast ultimately causes the injury? That's what we really, really want to know," says Army Col. Geoffrey Ling. USA TODAY (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Democratic platform supports cuts in defense spending
    In one of the relatively few policy breaks with Republicans on matters of defense, this blogger writes, Democrats support budget cuts for the Department of Defense. Their argument is that cuts must be made and that the DOD shouldn't be exempt from the difficult decision. Republicans are critical of the cuts, citing weakened national security as the result. The Democratic platform doesn't address sequestration. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • Ariz. Air National Guard trains first Iraqi F-16 pilots
    Two Iraqi air force members are being trained by the Arizona Air National Guard to fly F-16 fighter jets. The training aims to help prepare the Iraqi air force for its first delivery of F-16s in 2014. A contract between the U.S. and Iraq requires the Arizona Air National Guard to train 27 Iraqi pilots. Air Force Link (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Army orders stand-down as part of suicide prevention efforts
    Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lloyd Austin III has ordered a servicewide stand-down on Sept. 27 in response to rising suicide rates, the second such stand-down in the Army's history. Also, September is being recognized as Suicide Prevention Month in the Army and will include training and activities to help commanders better address the mental health needs of soldiers. Army Times Prime(subscription required) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  Reserve Life 
  • Texas university works to boost ROTC, veterans programs
    The University of Texas in Austin is looking to enhance its Reserve Officer Training Corps in order to become a primary destination for young people in the state considering the military, school officials say. The school is also working to improve services for veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Both initiatives have begun showing results, as the school has been named twice in the past year as one of the most military-friendly schools in the country, according to this article. The Alcalde (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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