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DoD News Releases - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:00
News Releases are official statements of the Department of Defense.
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It’s time for US to upgrade old thinking on old nukes

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:00
Today, the Air Force and Navy personnel assigned to carry out the nation’s strategic nuclear mission see their greatest risk from inspections by Pentagon and congressional entities — not from a surprise nuclear attack.

VA moving forward with mobile app to schedule appointments

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:30
It is part of the VA’s effort to overhaul a decades-old electronic scheduling system implicated in a patient wait-time scandal and rife with security flaws.

From Paul VI to Benedict XVI: 50 years of papal visits to the US

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:00
Pope Francis is scheduled to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 50 years after Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to the United States. Here's a look at the nine previous visits.

Sopko faults leadership for 'abysmal failure' in Afghanistan nation-building

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:48
“I have not found anybody who’s lost a job for screwing up — and there have been a lot of screw-ups in Afghanistan,” said John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Montford Point Marines talk about being US military pioneers

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:24
On Veterans Day 2014, two men who were among the first African-American U.S. Marines talk about their experiences.

Resources help move veterans off the streets

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:18
As the country's biggest cities continue to struggle with issues related to housing and homelessness, there is a silver lining: The number of homeless veterans is steadily decreasing, thanks to an infusion of federal funds and a slew of innovative programs.

More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:06
At a time when the legalized use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance across the country, a growing number of veterans are coming out of the "cannabis closet" and pressing the government to recognize pot as a legitimate treatment for the wounds of war.

Contracts for November 18, 2014

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:00
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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As forces amass, German diplomat tries to head off Russia-Ukraine war

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:58
Germany’s foreign minister shuttled between Kiev and Moscow on Tuesday in an effort to avert all-out war between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists.

US commander weighs decisions that will shape Afghan war's final chapter

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:55
The United States is planning to base about 1,000 security personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul after the formal end of the military mission in Afghanistan and may retain the ability to use attack planes to support local forces until then, according to the top American commander in the country.

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,208

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:31
As of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at least 2,208 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

Fort Carson soldier charged with killing comrade in Jordan

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:21
An evidence hearing is set for Wednesday to determine if Spc. Jeffery T. Page will be court-martialed in the death of Spc. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, Calif.

Unleash the GOP on foreign affairs

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:00
Congress should be the arena in which to highlight the broad national debate we need over America’s place in the world.

Obama orders review of US hostage policy

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:49
With terrorists beheading Americans, President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how the United States responds when citizens are taken hostage overseas.

Pacific Air Forces will lose no one because of budget cuts

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:28
The Air Force is reducing its ranks overall due to budget cuts, but staffing in the Pacific will remain at 100 percent due to the re-balance to the region, Air Force Secretary Debo­rah Lee James said Monday.

Oxygen chambers helped treat concussions, but so did placebo treatment

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 13:21
Despite anecdotal reports that hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be used to treat concussions, strong evidence is mounting that they don’t. The latest strike against the increasingly popular therapy is a study of U.S. servicemembers with persistent concussive symptoms, including headaches, balance problems, fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability and anxiety.

Veterans Affairs struggles to do right even by the vets it employs

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:18
Interviews and records show the agency charged with caring for military veterans has had problems doing so inside as well as out. Richards and other Portland-area VA employees who are veterans say they have contended with uncaring managers, a pass-the-buck mentality and ponderous systems that can't seem to accommodate their circumstances.

Ex-Army sergeant among 4 killed in Puerto Rico

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:18
Gunmen killed a retired Army sergeant and three members of his family, Puerto Rico police said Tuesday. A 13-year-old son survived despite being stabbed and thrown off a bridge.

David Schmidt: VA accounting systems cost him money, headaches after deployments

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:14
Nobody can accuse Salem's David Schmidt of not working within the system. For nine years, the internist and, more recently, information-analytics worker has been tilting at VA managers, bureaucrats and systems, trying to unsnarl a series of accounting problems stemming from his five deployments as an active-duty internist. He's hired lawyers, written to top agency officials and worked with union representatives. Only now, after crashing into roadblock after roadblock, is he willing to tell his story publicly.
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