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October 9, 2012
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  • Panetta to address NATO concerns about insider attacks
    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. officials are heading to NATO meetings this week in Brussels, where they will look to assure allies that the U.S. is doing all it can to counter a rise in insider attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan. Officials will also seek to address growing political tensions, reflected in recent comments by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is criticizing U.S. strategy in the region. ABC News/The Associated Press (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Senators seek improvements to disability evaluation system
    U.S. Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., have sent a letter to the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments urging them to improve the disability evaluation process for service members and complete a review of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. "I am not convinced the Departments have implemented a disability evaluation process that is truly transparent, consistent or expeditious. Getting this right is a big challenge -- but it's one that we must overcome," Murray said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  • University of Utah could take over historic Army Reserve buildings
    U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is proposing that control of Fort Douglas, which was established in 1862 and which now houses headquarters staff for two Army Reserve commands, be handed over to the University of Utah, which has expanded in the region in recent years. Under the proposal, the Army would lease the buildings to the university, and the Reserve commands possibly would move to an Air Force base in Utah. "My goal is to make sure the University of Utah has sufficient room to expand, while simultaneously ensuring Utah's Army Reserve units have modern facilities to support their vital missions," Hatch said. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy's solar power plan for Pearl Harbor draws criticism
    A Navy plan to place 27.5 acres of solar panels on the Ford Island airfield at Pearl Harbor has raised concerns among historians, veterans and aviation aficionados who say the panels would detract from solemnity of the site. Pentagon officials say the plan would help the Navy meet a requirement that half of its power come from alternative sources by 2020. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  • DOD may shield weapons, furlough civilians under cuts
    The Defense Department may furlough civilian workers to help pay for Afghanistan operations but protect major weapons programs and try to shift funds to high-priority programs if sequestration goes through, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale says. The comments are some of the first that reveal how the Pentagon may handle defense cuts if they take place. Defense News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Survey: Two-thirds of active, reserve troops support Romney
    In a Military Times poll of more than 3,100 active and reserve troops, two-thirds of respondents said they planned to vote for Mitt Romney, while about a quarter said they planned to vote for President Barack Obama. The majority of respondents said the economy or the candidate's character was the most important factor guiding their vote, while less than 16% said national security was their biggest concern. Army Times (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -- you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue."
--Alice Duer Miller,
American writer and poet

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