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March 12, 2013
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  • 5 U.S. troops dead after helicopter crash in Afghanistan
    A helicopter went down Monday in southern Afghanistan, killing five U.S. service members, according to a U.S. official. The helicopter crash is the first to incur coalition casualties since September. No enemy fire was reported in the area. CNN (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Analysis: Hagel tenure begins with series of challenges
    The early days of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's tenure have not gone smoothly, Chris Carroll writes. Sequestration cuts came into effect two days after his confirmation, an effort to reform the military justice system may be brewing, and Hagel's recent visit to Afghanistan was marred by insurgent attacks, security threats and meetings with less-than-cooperative Afghan officials, Carroll writes. Stars and Stripes (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Hill 
  • Legislators criticize ranking of new drone medal
    Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., two high-ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have written a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urging him to reconsider the ranking of a new medal that recognizes drone pilots and cybersecurity experts. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal law takes precedence over N.Y. gun law, VA says
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says it won't comply with a gun law in New York that requires it to disclose the names of service members who may be at risk of suicide or gun violence. The law, which is set to take effect this weekend, would deter service members from seeking mental health treatment, the VA said, adding that federal laws that protect veterans' treatment records take precedence. Army Times/The Associated Press (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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