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The Morning Report: About 20,000 GIs Hospitalized for Mental Health Issues, Ship Named After Marine Hero

Retired Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, a former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman accused in an investigation into leaked classified information about the Stuxnet cyberattack, has been stripped of his security clearance, Foreign Policy is reporting. The retired four-star Marine general once known as “Obama’s favorite general” lost his security clearance earlier this year, the website said. In June, Cartwright learned he was the target of an investigation into leaks of classified information about a 2010 Iran cyberattack. It involved using a computer virus as a cyberweapon — named Stuxnet — that crippled Iran’s nuclear capabilies by disabling the country’s uranium-enriching centrifuges. Stuxnet is widely thought to have been developed by the U.S. and Israel. Details of the cyberattack and some of the source code for Stuxnet became known to the public. The New … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Sailors Killed in Red Sea Crash Named, Deep Defense Cuts Detailed, Syrian Gives Up WMD Sites

Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com, your source for military and veterans news. * The Pentagon announced the names of the two sailors missing and presumed dead after their helicopter crashed into the Red Sea. Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson were two of five sailors inside a Navy helicopter when it went down. More here * The Syrian government has given international inspectors the locations of its chemical weapons sites. This is considered a key step in complying with a U.S.-Russian plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. More here * In the wake of the Washington Naval Yard shooting that killed 12, investigators have found sub par individual background checks in at least 350 cases. Reuters report’s that the government conducted 2 million security investigations in fiscal 2011 alone. More here * … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: The Morning Report

The Pentagon released the names of the two sailors missing and presumed dead after their helicopter crashed into the Red Sea. Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones, 35, and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon Gibson, 32,were inside a Knighthawk helicopter when it went down. More here The Syrian government has disclosed the locations of dozens of chemical weapons storage and production sites to international inspectors. These are considered the first steps to complying with a U.S.-Russian plan to ultimately destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. More here  In the wake of the shooting rampage at the Washington Naval Yard that killed 12, investigators have found at least 350 instances in which security background checks were not up to par. The report by Reuters looked at cases from December 2004 to March 2012. The government conducted 2 million background investigations in fiscal 2011 alone. More … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Week in Review

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media The Navy searched this week for two sailors missing after a San Diego-based helicopter crashed into the Red Sea on Sunday. Three of the five crewmembers were rescued and were listed in stable condition. The Navy said Monday it suspended the search for the missing who it believes have perished. The sailors were assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 based at North Island Naval Air Station. The crash was reportedly not caused by hostile action. Read more here The top officer of Carrier Air Wing 17 was replaced following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a junior female officer in his command. Navy Capt. Jeff S. Winter was relieved by Rear Adm. David Steindl, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s strike group. Winter took command of the San Diego … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Al-Qaida Calls on Muslims to Attack Within U.S., UK Paper Says NSA Shares American’s Data with Israel

Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com. Your source for veterans and military news. * Al-Qaida marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike targets within the United States. The message was made public two days after the 12th anniversary of the attacks and said America can be beaten on its homeland. Read more here * Terrorists exploded car bombs at a U.S. consulate in Afghanistan Friday and engaged in battle that killed two and wounded 17. No U.S. casualties were reported. Read more here * Are Syrian rebels getting arms from the United States or not? Two major U.S. newspapers reported they were, while a Syrian rebel general said they weren’t. Read more here * The United States and Russia kicking around ideas on how to gather and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: The Morning Report

* Al-Qaida’s leader on Friday marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to “bleed” America financially. In an audio message released two days after the 12th anniversary of the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri said America is not a “mythic power” and that the mujahedeen – Islamic holy warriors – can defeat it with attacks “on its own soil.” Read more here * Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans and wounded 17. The U.S. said its personnel from the mission were safe and that most of them were temporarily relocated … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Vet Disability Appeals Rising, Military Pay Eyed for Cuts, Navy Sexual Assaults Up

Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com. Your source for military and veterans news. * As the Veterans Affairs Department slowly clears the backlog of initial claims, another backlog is forming – that of veterans disputing their disability ratings. More than a quarter-million veterans are appealing and that number is expected to grow to 500,000 in the coming years. Read more here * Military pay and benefits are in the crosshairs as bureaucrats seek to trim the federal budget. The Pentagon’s top financial officer said military pay raises would likely drop below inflation rate in the coming years. Should that happen it would mark the first time military pay has fallen below private sector wage growth since 1998. Read more here * Reported sexual assaults in the Navy might more than double over what was seen last … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: The Morning Report

* The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the rebels. The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly. The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal first reported the lethal aid. Top rebel commander Gen. Salim Idris told NPR on Thursday that rebels had received no such aid from the U.S. The CIA declined to comment. Read more   * The White House on Tuesday … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Week in Review

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media President Barack Obama is urging Congress to hold off voting on a measure authorizing an attack on Syrian government forces for alleged chemical weapons use. The request follows a Russian proposal for the international community to take control of Syrian chemical weapons and dispose of them. Syria is apparently onboard with the idea in order to stave off a U.S. assault. Read more You can add another group of Americans leery of a U.S. military action against Syria – American troops.  A Military Times survey found about 75 percent of them oppose U.S. air strikes with nearly 80 percent saying it’s not in the United States’ best interests to get involved in that country’s civil war. Read more Seventy-five percent of troops wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan have Post-Traumatic Stress with a … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Administration Asks for Delay on Syria, Troops Don’t Support Syrian Strikes, 250,000 Vets Appealing their Ratings

Military Headline News, brought to you by Defensetracker.com. Your source for defense and veterans news. * President Barack Obama is asking Congress to hold off voting on a measure supporting an attack on Syrian government forces for alleged chemical weapons against its own people. The request follows a Russian proposal for the international community to take control of Syrian chemical weapons and dispose of them. Syria has is apparently onboard with the idea to stave off a U.S. strike. Read more * You can add another group to those leery of a U.S. attack on Syria – American troops. A Military Times survey found about 75 percent of the troops oppose U.S. air strikes with nearly 80 percent saying it’s not in the United States’ best interests to get involved in that country’s civil war. Read … Read entire article »

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