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April 23, 2012
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  • U.S., Afghanistan officials sign strategic agreement
    U.S. and Afghan officials have made final a deal ensuring U.S. military and financial support for at least a decade after 2014. Details of the agreement haven't been released, but officials say the deal is critical to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan. The two countries had been negotiating the deal for more than a year and a half. Navy Times/The Associated Press (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Islands purchase could lead to military conflict in Asia
    A plan by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara to buy three islands claimed by China and Taiwan could lead to an armed conflict involving the U.S., Japan and China, say experts. The U.S. is pledged to defend Japan under the terms of a treaty if China uses military force to prevent the sale of the islands, which are in the East China Sea. "This is one of Asia’s most dangerous flash points," said international law expert Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky. Time.com/Battleland blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. military leaders outline possibilities for Syria
    U.S. military leaders endorse the continuation of diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the conflict in Syria but said the U.S. military is ready for operations if necessary. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey outlined to Congress a series of measures that could put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to halt violence in the country. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Home Front 
  • Nonprofit moves quickly to deliver supplies to troops in Afghanistan
    Nonprofit organization TroopsDirect has sent more than 10 tons of supplies to Marine battalions and Army units. Besides general supplies such as sunblock, the group has helped procure specialized communications equipment and medical supplies such as stretchers, gauze and medical ointments. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Army investigation details opiate use among U.S. troops
    Heroin, morphine and other opiates have caused the deaths of at least eight U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan since 2010, according to an Army investigation. "Our concern is, will the military treat this as the problem that it is, and are the families of the soldiers aware of the added risk in this drug-infested country?" said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, the legal group that obtained documents detailing the investigation. CNN (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Army looks to update PTSD diagnosis approach
    The Army Surgeon General's Office has released new policy guidelines for the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. service members. The updated approach discounts tests used previously to assess whether individuals were faking symptoms and raises questions about a class of drugs commonly used to treat those with PTSD. The Seattle Times (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DoD office recommends changes for wounded Marine care
    Gaps in available care, treatment and transition programs for wounded Marines have left many with low morale, according to a report from the Defense Department inspector general's office. The IG report recommends changes such as more involvement of wounded Marines in developing a transition plan, cutting wait times for specialized care and increasing available primary care managers. MarineCorpsTimes.com (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
--Albert Einstein,
German-born physicist


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