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Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

THIS WEEK: The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, and based on the list of speakers, it looks like some national security heavy-hitters will be striding to the podium later in the week. On Wednesday, we’ll hear from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and retired Rear Adm. John Hutson. And on Thursday, retired Marine Gen. John Allen will speak. ALSO THIS WEEK: Defense Secretary Ash Carter is hitting the road to focus on three of his top priorities: innovation, defeating the Islamic State and recruiting the best possible troops. The three-day trip, which starts on Tuesday, includes stops at Boston, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., and Fort Bragg, N.C., where he will meet with Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, who is deploying soon to take the lead in the fight against … Read entire article »

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For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

For All You Military Aviation Buff Out There

Even if you are not into this, you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are. Aviation Pioneers World War I Aces Hall of Fame of the Air WW2 European Theater ( ETO ) WW2 Pacific Theater (PTO) WW2 US Marine Corps WW2 US Navy Aces WW2 Mediterranean ( MTO ) WW2 German Aces Korean War Aces Russian Aces Vietnam Era Aces Airplanes World War I Planes 1930s Aircraft photos WW2 Fighters WW2 Bombers WW2 German Planes WW2 Airplane Pictures History of Airplanes blog Nose Art Postwar Jets World War Two WW2 Facts and Firsts WW2 … 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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Painkillers Blighting Veterans

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media If you use the universal 10-point pain scale to measure concern about the thousands of San Diego County veterans facing addiction to prescribed painkillers, you reach about a seven. That’s the estimate from officials at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. That equates to moderate to severe pain and requires prompt attention, which is why the Veterans Administration in San Diego is taking steps to help veterans manage their pain and their painkillers. Studies show that a high percentage of veterans are in chronic pain, particularly those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They’re often prescribed opioids, which are effective painkillers, but the drugs can also lead to dependency and addiction. Last month, the American Academy of Pain Medicine released a study that for the first time found that … Read entire article »

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Must Read: Ethical Lapses in the U.S. Military Explained

By Winslow T. Wheeler Straus Military Reform Project   The defense trade press and even some major media have recently produced reports about ethical problems in the US military officer corps.  Bill Hartung writes at Huffington Post that “Military Ethics Reform Should Start at the Top,” advocating a reduction in our astoundingly–even historically–high officer bloat.  Lt. Col. Danny Davis writes in Armed Forces Journal that our officers are “Seduced by Success” by winning, but only at the minor tactical level, against literally incompetent, almost unarmed enemies. These are important articles, and I urge you to read them, but retired Army Major Don Vandergriff (who has written about officer education, how our over-officered military means an ineffective military,  and more) brought to my attention an article that puts the disconnected media reports about individual examples of officer ethics problems into a broader and far more … Read entire article »

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Defense and Vet Stories You’ll See More of in 2014

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media Hindsight is 20/20. Predicting the top stories for the coming year is more challenging, but here are the issues you’ll be reading more about in the coming year. If there is a theme here it’s that after more than a decade of fighting overseas, the country takes a closer look at domestic security than last year and what as a nation Americans are willing to give up in the privacy sphere in the name of internal security. So, here in reverse order are my top military and veteran stories for 2014. Iraq fails. This nation was cobbled together by the British after World War I from three regions dominated by the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites who, to put it mildly, don’t get along. The year will see Iraq’s central … Read entire article »

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VA Unveils San Diego Projects for 2014

By Rick Rogers Rick Rogers Media The Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System has announced several new projects for 2014, including the February opening of the 40-bed Aspire Center in Old Town. The first facility of its kind in San Diego County, the Aspire Center will serve veterans from across the area, including 80,000 in North County, with intensive in-patient care. Roughly 265,000 veterans live in the county. The ribbon cutting is set for Feb. 17, with patients expected to arrive at the $30 million domiciliary later that month or early March. The Aspire Center will primarily treat younger veterans suffering mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress who are homeless or are at risk of becoming so. San Diego is home to the largest concentration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in … Read entire article »

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Veterans Employer Panel, June 28 in San Diego

When: Friday, June 28 from 9am-11am Where: South Metro Career Center, 4724 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113 Questions: (619) 266.4256 Dress for success Mapquest it Veterans Employer Panel Agenda: Introductions: 10 minutes Question and Answer: 55 minutes One-on-One: 55 minutes   Scheduled employers include: Bank of America City of San Diego US Customs and Border Protection Volt Workforce Solutions Wal-Mart Westpac Wealth Partners Wicked Coursing   Scheduled veteran resources include: Blue Star Mothers California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) ITT Technical Institute … Read entire article »

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Petition: Change Medal’s ‘Order of Precedence’

Do you disagree with the Pentagon’s decision to put a new medal honoring drone pilots above some traditional combat valor medals in the military’s “order of precedence”? This is your chance to let the White House know how you feel. A petition posted on the White House website Thursday asks the administration to lower the precedence of the Distinguished Warfare Medal. The medal, which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday, will be awarded to pilots of unmanned aircraft, offensive cyberwar experts or others who are directly involved in combat operations, but who are not physically in theater and facing the physical risks that warfare historically entails. The new medal will rank just below the Distinguished Flying Cross. It will have precedence over — and be worn on a uniform ahead of — the Bronze Star with Valor device, … Read entire article »

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Military Headline News: Doolittle’s Raiders, Navy Slims Down, Marines Gear Up

Military Headline News * The end of an era is at hand. The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders – 80 men made famous by their April 1942, bombing run on Japan – are ending their reunions that started in 1946. There are just five raiders left. All are in their 90s. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led the attack that was a great morale boost during the dark early days of World War II. Their last reunion is set for this spring in Florida. In 2011 the national chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors disbanded. * Responding to long-standing concerns, the Marines will soon issue improved camouflage uniforms that are more durable, comfortable and compatible with body armor. * The Navy now says it needs fewer ships. The service has revised its fleet requirement from 313 to 306 ships. Navy leaders … Read entire article »

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