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Carfentanil: Chemical Weapon for Sale

As if the presidential election cycle doesn’t give us enough to worry about comes a story by the Associated Press out of China that talks about the ease in which someone, anyone can buy his own chemical weapon capable of killing thousands for about the price of a very used car. The story below was taken down almost as quickly as it was put up. No doubt someone thought better of it or the authorities made someone think better of it. Of course the bad guys already know about this. Don’t worry about this giving someone with bad intentions bad ideas, worry that something might already be afoot.  SHANGHAI (AP) — For a few thousand dollars, Chinese companies offer to export a powerful chemical that has been killing unsuspecting drug users … Read entire article »

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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

TRUMP AS PROTECTOR IN CHIEF: Declaring “I am your voice,” and “I will win for you, ” Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination in Cleveland last night casting himself as the protector of ordinary Americans. “My plan will begin with safety at home, which means safe neighborhoods, secure borders and protection from terrorism. There can be no prosperity without law and order.” Trump laid out his three-point strategy to “quickly” defeat the Islamic State: 1) Gather “absolutely the best” intelligence. 2) Abandon “the failed policy of nation-building and regime change,” while working “with all of our allies who share our goal of destroying ISIS and stamping out Islamic terrorism.”  3) Suspend immigration “from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.” Trump promised “We’re going to win, we’re going to win … Read entire article »

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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

ANTI-ISLAMIC STATE WAR COUNCIL CONVENES: This morning at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 members of the counter-Islamic State coalition meet to plot the next steps in the war on the self-proclaimed caliphate. Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts the defense ministers, while Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with foreign ministers tomorrow in Washington. Carter will brief reporters at the end of today’s session and can be seen live at www.defense.gov 1:45 p.m. White House Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk told reporters on a conference call yesterday that the ministers will be looking ahead to the liberation of Mosul, which now seems much more doable with the capture of the key Qayyarah West airfield in northern Iraq. McGurk called the … Read entire article »

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The Pentagon Is Playing Games With Its $570-Billion Budget

The Pentagon Is Playing Games With Its $570-Billion Budget Cutting cheap, efficient weapons to make way for much pricier ones By Winslow Wheeler Director, Straus Military Reform Project Project on Government Oversight  There has been a short-sighted eagerness in some news articles and commentaries to disparage two actions by the House Armed Services Committee in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The HASC seeks to retain in the military force structure the Air Force’s A-10 Warthog close support aircraft and the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The Air Force and the Navy want to retire these systems prematurely, thereby seeming to save money. But the longer-term game being played is to smooth the way for far more expensive, truly unaffordable, replacements the Air Force and Navy have cued up. And in the case of the A-10, … Read entire article »

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Top Military and Vet Stories of 2013

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media There were no shortages of big military and veterans’ stories in 2013 that are sure to reverberate well into 2014 and beyond. From the Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden cases to the continuing fight of veterans to win disability benefits to the boogeyman of sequestration to military sexual assaults to gays and lesbians gaining legal standing in the ranks, it’s been an eventful if not historic year. Here now are my top military and veteran stories of the year: Sequestration or Much Ado About Very Little, Part I. The sky was supposed to fall after a congressional committee failed to agree on spending cuts to defense and domestic programs and thereby allegedly triggered across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. The action was supposed reduce Pentagon funding by $500 billion in … Read entire article »

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Warrior & Family Support News

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Fallen Twin Towers extend memorial to Utah’s fallen warriors Dixie Press Online The monument rolled into Washington City on a flatbed truck at 4 p.m. Washington City police cruisers escorted the truck from the Interstate-15 off-ramp to the parking lot of The Home Depot on Telegraph Road where a small crowd of people had already … Johnson sees trials, triumphs during military service Dickinson County News Johnson sees trials, triumphs during military service. Wednesday, September 25, 2013. By Russ Mitchell — Managing Editor … Smaller bases in Afghanistan are closing as part of a systematic process to bring U.S. troops home, so Johnson spent much of … Grand opening of renovated outreach center set Desert Dispatch The Home Depot Foundation has contributed approximately $11,000 to the center, according to Sherri Morris, the pro desk supervisor at theHome Depot located at 1100 L Avenue. According to Morris, the whole … Read entire article »

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COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Vice chairman joins in opening Wounded Warrior retreat Marines.mil (press release) On a sprawling, tree-framed landscape, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined about 400 guests today for the official grand opening of Boulder Crest Retreat for seriously wounded service members, veterans and their families Sept. 6. Navy … Photo gallery: New wounded warrior retreat opens in Northern Virginia NavyTimes.com Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37-acre getaway in Northern Virginia’s horse country, opens its doors Friday, providing combat-wounded service members and families a place to rejuvenate and regroup for up to two weeks. The $5 million facility features four … Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Graduates Inaugural Class of Veteran … Fort Mills Times Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, today graduated its first class of Veteran Advocates from the organization’s newly launched … Read entire article »

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EDUCATION Purdue works to help veterans adjust to campus The State 22, 2013, photo, Purdue University student Dustin Weisner, left, talks about his experience on campus as his mentor, doctorate student Will McGee, listens at the Veterans Success Center in West Lafayette, Ind. As a result of the military draw down in … For many veterans heading to college, a long road North Country Public Radio This special report was produced in partnership with WBEZ Chicago’s Front and Center project, and is the first in North Country Public Radio’s series looking at the efforts of young American veterans to climb the economic ladder It first aired in … GI bill covered tuition for nearly a million post-9/11 veterans without … The Center for Public Integrity The Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid for nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to go to school at a cost … Read entire article »

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Troop and Family Support News

WELLNESS Rising Rates of Military Suicides Reveal Complex Effects of Service on … KQED (blog) But as military psychiatrist Charles Hoge pointed out in a commentary last year, no study had definitively linked factors related to deployment with suicide risk. Although suicide rates rose dramatically since 2001, suicide remains exceedingly rare … Combat-suicide link disputed in study TheLeafChronicle.com Depression and other types of mental illness, alcohol problems and being male — strong risk factors for suicide among civilians — were all linked to self-inflicted deaths among current and former members of the military. But the researchers found deployment and combat did not raise the risk. Rise in Military Suicides New York Times Despite the recent study of military and veteran suicides (“Deployment Factors Are Not Related to Rise in Military Suicides, Study Finds,” news article, Aug. 7), much is still unknown about the effect of repeated deployments … Read entire article »

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Pentagon IG Often Makes Reports on Generals’ Misdeeds Hard to Access

USA Today The spirit of “Catch-22” lives on at the Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General. In Joseph Heller’s classic World War II novel, aviators who wanted to avoid flying deadly bombing missions over Europe would seek to be disqualified for mental health reasons. But the missions were so dangerous that those who wanted to stop flying them couldn’t be considered crazy and therefore were deemed sane enough to keep flying. At the inspector general’s office, investigative reports into the misdeeds of some of the military’s generals, admirals and top civilian employees are available to the public only if you ask for them. But how do you know which reports to ask for? They won’t tell you. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself. But that’s not all, said Bridget Serchak, chief of … Read entire article »

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