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Carpenter Awarded MOH, $54B for Vet Doc appointments

Military and Veterans Headline News. I’m Rick Rogers * Former Marine William Carpenter received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan. Carpenter was gravely wounded while protecting a fellow Marine from a grenade blast nearly four years ago. He becomes just the eighth living Iraq or Afghanistan combat veteran to receive the nation’s highest military honor. * Details are emerging in the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah in Libya earlier this week. He is accused of plotting the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. A senior defense official said Abu Khatallah was lured to a villa outside Benghazi where he was taken into custody. Officials say he now headed to the United States to face charges. * … Read entire article »

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Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

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Congressional Hearing into Sgt. Bergdhal Prisoner Swap

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Military Headline News: Military Brain Implants, Too Fat to Fight, Some Vets offered Private Care Options

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain. The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/27/316129491/military-plans-to-test-brain-implants-to-fight-mental-disorders Hagel Orders Review of Military Health Care Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday announced a sweeping review of the Pentagon’s health-care facilities spurred by concern that it could be suffering from strains similar to those afflicting the Department of Veterans Affairs system. Officials said the review is expected to take 90 days. As outrage spread over reports that several patients at a VA facility in … Read entire article »

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U.S. Troops Leaving the ‘stan by 2016? How the VA Cooked the Books

US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan at year’s end President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior U.S. administration officials said Tuesday. Obama’s decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and would allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office. The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. While outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, U.S. officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give his approval. http://www.stripes.com/us-to-keep-9-800-troops-in-afghanistan-at-year-s-end-1.285664 How VA clinics falsified appointment records Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: The Morning Report

The United States and Russia agreed Thursday on a plan to seize Syria’s chemical weapons in what the Obama administration deemed a diplomatic breakthrough, even though the resolution would stop short of triggering military action should Syria not comply. The draft U.S.-Russian resolution received support from fellow permanent United Nations Security Council members France, China and Britain, and was put before the full council on Thursday night. The draft also was to be submitted to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is expected to add its own text to the resolution, Russian officials said. U.S. officials said the resolution calls Syria’s chemical arsenal a threat to international peace and security and makes it legally binding that President Bashar Assad’s government comply with an expedited plan to hand over the … Read entire article »

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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. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] * 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 … 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: 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. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] * 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 … Read entire article »

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