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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 The changes address the problems laid out in an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, including outdated scientific methods, overlapping bureaucracy, a risk-averse disinterment policy for the 9,400 unknowns buried around the world, and poor laboratory management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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NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took

NSA Still Has No Clue What Edward Snowden Took
About six months after Edward Snowden began leaking documents from inside the NSA, the agency still has no clue what the former contractor took with him when he tapped into classified documents. This might be the most damning element of the whole story.
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Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter

Zero Dark Dirty: Former CIA Director Revealed Secrets to Scriptwriter
Newly declassified documents show Tuesday that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to "Zero Dark Thirty" scriptwriter Mark Boal when Panetta gave a speech at CIA headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Panetta said through a spokesman that he didn't know Boal was in the room.
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Kimberly Dozier
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Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push

Military Gets a Partial Pass on Foreign Aid Transparency Push
Security assistance – a broad category that covers about $25 billion in yearly spending – skyrocketed in the wake of 9/11, growing by 227 percent from 2002 to 2012. A slew of recent reports from government watchdog agencies have found a glaring lack of accountability around security assistance. In 2012, Congress drafted a bill that would have subjected all foreign aid, including security assistance, to stricter monitoring and transparency requirements. The Pentagon successfully opposed the effort for security aid. The bill never made it to a vote.
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Cora Currier
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Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die

Shutdown: Money For Soldiers Going to War, But Not For Their Families When They Die
Five U.S. service members were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, but thanks to the government shutdown, their families won't be receiving the $100,000 "death gratuity" normally wired within 36 hours, and is intended to help cover funeral costs, living expenses and transportation to Dover Air Force Base to witness the return of their loved ones in flag-draped coffins.
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Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War

Obama Close to OK'ing Expired Visas for Iraqis that Helped US During War
A special visa for Iraqis that helped the US during the Iraq war expired earlier this week, but has been fast tracked so that the tens of thousands already here won't suffer any repercussions.
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Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'

Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'
Ahead of this afternoon's address from the Rose Garden, President Obama delivered a YouTube message to the American military assuring them that they would still be paid in light of the government shutdown. Naturally, he wasn't too keen on Congress when speaking to the troops.
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