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December 21, 2012
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  • Panetta tells DOD personnel that he expects little change around Jan. 2
    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued a memo to his workforce stating that he doesn't expect operations to change on or just after Jan. 2, when spending cuts are expected to go into effect unless Congress prevents them. "Sequestration was never intended to be implemented, and there is no reason why both sides should not be able to come together and prevent this scenario," Panetta's memo states. Defense News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Defense chief front-runner could face difficult road to confirmation
    Chuck Hagel would need to answer difficult questions before being confirmed as defense secretary, some senators say. Opponents to Hagel's possible nomination have organized a campaign involving blog posts and TV commercials, and an editorial in The Washington Post opposes him. Specifically, Hagel has been criticized for his positions on Iran, the Iraq war and Israel. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/20)
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  On the Hill 
  • Defense bill passes House
    The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act passed the House on Thursday and is expected to be approved by the Senate before senators leave for Christmas. The bill authorizes $633 billion for the current fiscal year. The White House has threatened to veto it. The Hill/Floor Action blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House OKs part of bill that prevents defense cuts
    The House approved the portion of Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" that would prevent defense cuts but did not vote on the second part of the measure, which would raise taxes for Americans who earn more than $1 million a year. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he decided against it because it did not have enough GOP support. Defense News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Home Front 
  Reserve Life 
  • VA alters pension eligibility verifications
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is ending the annual verification requirement for pension payments in a bid to reduce paperwork woes for veterans and free up staff to work on other benefits claims. In place of the Eligibility Verification Report, the VA will now use Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration data to assess eligibility. Stars and Stripes (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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