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November 19, 2012
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  • Obama cautions Israel against widening its Gaza response
    British Foreign Secretary William Hague has joined U.S. President Barack Obama in cautioning Israel against expanding its military actions in the Gaza Strip while maintaining that Israel has the right to defend itself. Violence between Gaza-based Hamas militants and Israeli forces has escalated sharply in recent days, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country's military is "prepared to significantly expand the operation." Army Times/The Associated Press (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Petraeus briefs Congress members on Benghazi attack assessments
    CIA officials thought immediately after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that the incident was an act of terrorism, former CIA Director David Petraeus said in a closed-door session with lawmakers. Some senators said that the difference between the CIA's assessment and public statements by U.S. administration officials in the initial days after the attack could be attributed to the difference between classified and unclassified information. Other lawmakers are continuing their criticism of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for her talking points used in the days after the assault. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Senator from Ky. holds up defense authorization bill
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants a vote on an amendment guaranteeing Americans held by the military the right to a fair trial and is holding up the vote on the defense authorization bill until the Senate agrees to that. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he wants the authorization bill acted on before the Thanksgiving break. The Hill/Floor Action blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Home Front 
  • Marines work to revive desert tortoise population
    The Marine Corps has teamed up with the University of California, Los Angeles, to create a safe haven for desert tortoises, a threatened species, on the Twentynine Palms base. The Desert Tortoise Head-Start Facility is home to about 500 hatchlings, which will be there for at least a year before being released into the wild. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Service Section News 
  • Marines launch efforts to help with civilian transition challenges
    Marines are working to help departing service members through a host of initiatives to help them transition back to civilian life. Brian Stann leads Hire Heroes USA, which helps with job procurement, while Greg Wright formed the Marine Infantry Veterans Foundation to provide resources for those injured in the line of duty. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Strength 
  • Governors' group raises concerns over Air Force budget process
    The co-chairs of the Council of Governors have written to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to say that governors are being left out of budget discussions that may affect the Air National Guard. The group has called for a full review involving all states before any updated Air Force budget proposals are issued. Air Force Times(free registration) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Program adds job opportunities in active-duty transition
    The Enlisted Reserve to Active Component Augmentation Program has entered its second phase with the addition of nine more ratings open for applications. The program, unveiled in September, is intended to ease the transition from the Reserve to active-duty status and fill gaps in ratings. Navy Times (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO report: Military health care system needs improvement
    Changes aimed at improving the military health care system have largely stalled, leaving gaps in coverage for active-duty personnel and veterans, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury face the greatest risk of failing to receive the necessary care, the report says. USA Today (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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