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September 27, 2012
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  • Analysis: Caution pervades U.S.-Afghan operations
    American military leaders are constantly armed and on alert during visits to allied military bases in Afghanistan, and even routine interactions between U.S. and Afghan troops are being treated as potentially violent, this article says. The caution is warranted, as Afghan troops have killed 51 allied soldiers so far this year, and some Afghan troops complain of rough treatment and openly acknowledge animosity toward U.S. troops. "We would have killed many of them already ... but our commanders are cowards and don't let us," said Afghan soldier Abdul Hanan. "We like the Americans' heavy weapons, but we don't like their soldiers." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/25)
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  • Opinion: Air Force's modernization efforts lack clarity
    As the Air Force makes decisions about systems and equipment upgrades, it will need to refocus its core purpose, write James G. Roche, former secretary of the Air Force, and Barry Watts, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. "Our sense is that the highly successful but largely supporting role that air power has played in Afghanistan and Iraq has eroded clarity and consensus among civilian and even some military leaders about the core missions of the Air Force, and where the limited modernization funds [that] are likely to be available in coming years should be focused," they write. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Guard, Reserve network helps integrate military, civilian careers
    Two Air National Guard officers have joined forces to form the Guard and Reserve Network, which helps civilian service members better manage their careers. "Despite the many options offered by military personnel organizations, there are few resources that can help Guard and Reserve members chart a path to success that truly integrates both sides of their careers," said co-founder Col. Ed Vaughan of the Colorado Air National Guard. Air Force Link (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J-Dog Junk Removal sets itself apart with veterans-only franchising
    Many brands -- including JiffyLube, 7-Eleven and FastSigns -- offer opportunities for military veterans, but Jerry Flanagan, founder of J-Dog Junk Removal, has taken the concept to the next level. Flanagan, who served in the Army and National Guard, only offers franchising opportunities to veterans. This could allow the brand to create a strong culture, but it also might create slower growth, Carol Tice notes. Forbes (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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