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March 20, 2013
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  • U.S. agrees to withdraw forces from Wardak province
    A deal reached by the U.S. military and the Afghan government calls for the removal of NATO special operations forces from the Wardak province in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai several weeks ago ordered that U.S. forces leave the province, citing alleged human rights abuses. ABC News/The Associated Press (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Pentagon may re-evaluate mission in Europe
    The U.S. may scale back operations in Europe in light of recent budgetary woes, experts say. The Pentagon could save up to $500 billion over 10 years by allowing NATO allies to take the lead in securing the region, according to a report from the RAND Corporation. Stars and Stripes (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • With notice this week, DOD furlough begins April 25
    Workers at the Pentagon will begin receiving notices warning of impending furloughs, the first of which will begin April 25. Up to 800,000 civilian workers at the Defense Department face furloughs, which will occur in stages to Sept. 21. The furloughs are the result of sequestration, which Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., says the federal government is "not going to be able to avoid" the first year. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  Service Section News 
  • Marine Corps halts mortar-system training
    The Marine Corps on Tuesday issued a suspension of the 60mm mortar system that was involved in a blast on Monday that killed seven Marines. The system can be used in combat zones, but not for training, officials said. Army Times (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  • DOD faces budget cuts through 2021, report warns
    The Pentagon will be operating under ever-slimmer budgets through 2021, and the military may have to cut forces, raise the cost of health coverage for beneficiaries and take other steps to cut costs, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The projected budget cuts are needed for the Defense Department to stay within the limits of the 2011 Budget Control Act, the report says. Defense News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • GI Bill could help fill gaps in tuition assistance
    Service members who lost education funds when military branches suspended tuition-assistance programs may be able to turn to GI Bill benefits, some say. "It's not doom and gloom, to be honest with you," said Keith Davis, chief of education and training at Ramstein Air Base. Stars and Stripes (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program helps veteran-owned businesses in Calif.
    The Disabled Veterans Business Alliance in Oakland, Calif., brings together veteran business owners to help them network, share experiences and gain access to state departments looking to work with veterans. The state's Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise program encourages state agencies to award 3% of contracts to businesses owned by military veterans. San Francisco Chronicle (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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