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February 7, 2013
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  In the Pentagon 
  • Gen. Allen discusses Afghanistan ahead of his departure
    One of the biggest challenges for the U.S. in Afghanistan is building trust with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, says Gen. John R. Allen, who is preparing to step down from his post as top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. "I wanted President Karzai to understand that while I had certainly been selected by President Obama to come out here, I very much saw myself serving President Karzai as well. This was the great struggle," Allen said in an interview with The New York Times. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Joint Chiefs will detail effects of sequester before Senate panel
    The Senate Armed Services Committee soon will hear directly from almost all the Joints Chief of Staff, who are appearing as a group to testify about the effects sequestration will have on the military. The unusual meeting will involve Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and National Guard Gen. Frank Grass. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lawmaker proposes VRAP extension
    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., is proposing a three-month extension to the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. The extension would aim to ensure veterans don't lose education benefits before they finish classes. Air Force Times (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama relents on lawmakers' demands for drone documents
    President Barack Obama has agreed to let certain lawmakers access classified documents that outline the government's legal stance on drone strikes. Some lawmakers had demanded to see the documents after a leaked "white paper" indicated that the Obama administration believes it is legal to kill U.S. citizens who are involved in al-Qaida. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Navy won't deploy aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf
    A Navy aircraft carrier set to deploy to the Persian Gulf will remain near the U.S. coast, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, citing budget uncertainty. The decision means the U.S. will have one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf after having two in the region for much of the past two years. NBC News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • VA says 500,000 veterans with PTSD treated in 2012
    More than 500,000 veterans diagnosed with PTSD were treated at VA hospitals and clinics in fiscal year 2012, according to figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Twenty-five percent of those veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the rest served in previous wars, including Vietnam and the Gulf War. Professional treatment, help from personal support networks, exercise and community involvement are tactics the VA recommends to manage symptoms that can persist for decades. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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