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December 19, 2012
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  In the Pentagon 
  • Panetta: U.S. military has work ahead despite end of wars
    The U.S. military will remain engaged around the world, conducting trainings and joint operations despite postwar drawdowns for all branches, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday in a speech in Washington, D.C. "The threats to our security and our global interests are not receding as they appeared to do in past wars, coming out of World War II, coming out of Korea. ... The fact is today we still confront these threats in the world, threats that are more complex, more dispersed, and in many ways, more dangerous," Panetta said. Defense News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Conference committees reach compromise on $633B defense bill
    Conference committees in the House and Senate have reached a compromise in crafting what will be a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, including key issues such as detainee rights, biofuels and an East Coast missile defense. The bill is likely to reach the White House on Friday, this blog says. Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Tuesday that he doubted the bill would be vetoed. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House bill would extend tax breaks, keep defense cuts
    A "Plan B" bill up for a vote this week in the House would keep the nation from sliding off the "fiscal cliff" and would leave in place deep cuts in defense but would extend tax breaks to Americans making less than $1 million a year. "We would not touch the sequester," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of the measure, which is the latest offer from the House in the debate with President Barack Obama over a fiscal cliff solution. Defense News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Home Front 
  • Book chronicles ascendancy of Marine Corps
    The Marine Corps has evolved from a small, unheralded military branch to one of the most capable military forces in the world, according to author and Naval Academy history professor Aaron O'Connell. His book "Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps" chronicles the service branch's metamorphosis from an adjunct to the Navy to a combat force. The Wall Street Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  • Analysis: Pentagon faces serious challenges beyond sequestration
    While many observers consider sequestration the biggest threat faced by the Pentagon, there are other issues that haven't received as much attention. This article asserts that the Pentagon must spend far more than its adversaries to be successful, that it inadequately address cultural issues in the countries where it operates, and that ethical and legal dilemmas threaten its defense strategies. United Press International (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Army plagued by payroll problems, GAO reports
    Lawmakers are seeking action from the Army on a report that claims mismanagement of payroll funds. The Army is struggling to track and collect data on pay errors, leaving many active-duty soldiers without proper compensation, according to the report from the Government Accountability Office. FederalNewsRadio.com (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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