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Messaging the Shooters: You're on Your Own, Says AL Sen Jeff Sessions to Vets

Messaging the Shooters: You're on Your Own, Says AL Sen Jeff Sessions to Vets
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions talks a good talk when it comes to veterans (He should! He voted to send them overseas to be shot at!), but when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is, Sessions is like most of his Republican counterparts: mendacious and obstructive.
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Five US Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire

Five US Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire
Five U.S. Special Operation soldiers and at least one Afghan soldier were killed in southern Afghanistan late Monday when an errant airstrike struck their position during a skirmish with Taliban forces.
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Obama Vision of 'Ending' Afghan War Includes 10,000 Troops

Obama Vision of 'Ending' Afghan War Includes 10,000 Troops
In comments made Tuesday afternoon at the White House, President Obama laid out his plan to draw down the number of occupying forces in Afghanistan, indicating that his vision of succcess in terms of U.S. foreign policy is that in 2015, nearly ten thousand U.S. troops would remain "in harms way" overseas.
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Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader

Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader
Back in 2003, President Bush repeatedly rebuked then-General Jerry Boykin for giving public speeches framing the war on terror as a holy war between Christianity and Islam, speeches that also violated military rules.
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A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor

A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor
Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning an Iron Man-like suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.
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Tamara Lush
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Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp
The Pentagon spends about $100 million annually to recover and identify missing service members from the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II, but identified just 60 last year — far short of the 200 per year mandated by Congress starting next year. This latest restructuring is the broadest one yet, taking on the science used to make identifications and creating public-private partnerships, but it's unclear whether it will be a reorganization just on paper like it was in the past.
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Megan McCloskey
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Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Missing Service Members

Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Missing Service Members
The Pentagon is overhauling its efforts to find and identify missing service members from past wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday. The changes address the problems laid out in an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, including outdated scientific methods, overlapping bureaucracy, a risk-averse disinterment policy for the 9,400 unknowns buried around the world, and poor laboratory management that inhibited the mission.
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Megan McCloskey
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Senate Caves on Military Rape, Leaves Power in Hands of Commanders Not Lawyers

Senate Caves on Military Rape, Leaves Power in Hands of Commanders Not Lawyers
Though a majority was for it, the Senate could not garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill – sponsored by Kirsten Gillibrand and other Senate Democratic women – that would have placed military rape and other sexual assault trials outside the chain of command forward.
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Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'

Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'
Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.
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David Sharp
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House Restores Full Cost of Living Increases to Younger Military Retirees

House Restores Full Cost of Living Increases to Younger Military Retirees
The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees, responding eagerly to election-year pressure from veterans groups. Democrats in the Senate say that the increase could affect military readiness, and the bill punts on the larger issues.
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