Blog Posts in 2013

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Studies Suggest ICBM Force "Burnout"

Researchers for federally funded RAND Corp. submitted an unpublished study to the Associated Press this week, the results of which suggest that members of the Air Force's nuclear missile force are ...
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Gillibrand and Boxer Lead Fight to Change Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Much to the Pentagon's disapproval, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is taking steps to remove sexual assault prosecution from the usual military chain of command by attempting to amend the 2014 ...
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Oklahoma and Texas Lead Fight Against Department of Defense's Same-Sex Benefits

Several Republican states are collectively refusing to observe Pentagon orders to distribute identity cards to same-sex military spouses, accusing the Obama administration of exploiting the armed ...
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Should the Military Abolish the Widow's Tax?

This past Monday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, along with various veterans groups and advocates, backed legislation proposing to ban what is known as the "widow's tax." The ...
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Shutdown Ends, Budget Woes Endure

The government shutdown having come to an end, it may be easy to assume that all has been made right in the military world; hundreds of thousands of civilians have returned to work, and those who are ...
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Government Shutdown Results in Ban on Military Chaplains

Last month's government shutdown continues to plague the military in ways both anticipated and unforeseen. Among the more surprising side effects: the suspension of church services. Take the Naval ...
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Military Judge Advances 9/11 Claim Against Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

Military judge Army Col. James Pohl has advanced the claim against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were charged with nearly 3,000 counts of murder, terrorism and hijacking, in their alleged ...
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Navy Yard Shooting Stirs Mental Health Debate

As authorities continue to investigate last week's Navy Yard shooting, an increasing emphasis is being placed on the gunman's mental state. Aaron Alexis, the identified shooter in the massacre ...
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Washington Navy Yard Shooting Kills 12, Injures 14

President Barack Obama had planned to address the nation on Monday with a scheduled speech marking the 5 th anniversary of the financial crisis. Instead, Obama delivered a solemn message of hope and ...
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States React to Gay Marriage Policy Changes

The National Guard faces a conundrum following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (legislation that barred federal institutions from recognizing same-sex ...
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Why Overturning DOMA Affects the Military More Than You Think

When the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on June 26, political parties buzzed with reactions ranging from celebration to outrage. Debates immediately ensued as to ...
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Chobani Responds to Air Force Yogurt Ban

Popular Greek yogurt company, Chobani, announced plans last week to remove hemp seeds from its Blueberry Power Flip pack – a product containing walnuts, chia and hemp seeds which consumers are ...
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Republicans Object to 'Gay Marriage Leave'

Defense officials are reviewing a policy to allow up to 10 days of special marriage leave known as "administrative absence" for gay and lesbian service members who are assigned to a base ...
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Hasan Receives Death Sentence for Mass Murder at Fort Hood

Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Wednesday for committing what is commonly known as the deadliest act of terrorism since 9/11 – a shooting spree that left 13 dead ...
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Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

The U.S. government's relentless prosecution of Bradley Manning came to a close yesterday when Judge Colonel Denise Lind sentenced the former Army intelligence analyst to 35 years in prison. While ...
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Defense Begs Judge Not to Rob Manning of His Youth

After being found guilty for disclosing over 700,000 classified U.S. files to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning has asked, via defense attorney David Coombs, that Judge Colonel Denise Lind not "rob him ...
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Witnesses Offer Graphic Testimony in Hasan Trial

Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidel Malik Hasan, who is defending himself against 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 charges of attempted premeditated murder, has now sat through 44 witnesses' ...
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U.S Senators Continue to Weigh In on Military Sexual Assault

This past May, the Pentagon released a survey revealing that 26,000 U.S. military service members had been sexually assaulted within the past year. Since that report, national media, U.S. Senators, ...
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Manning Verdict Yields Mixed Responses

After being convicted last Tuesday for 20 of the 22 counts against him, Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning now faces up to 136 years in military prison. In a much-publicized turn of events, ...
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Budget Cuts Continue to Plague Military

With the federal government's fiscal year in its final quarter, the Department of Defense is the latest department to make its case against budget cuts. Through a series of forums, the Pentagon ...
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4th Circuit Shuts Down Sexual Assault Complaint Against Rumsfeld and Gates

The 2011 landmark lawsuit alleging that former defense secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates fostered a rapist-friendly, victim-hostile military culture was once again shut down last week. ...
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Air Force Paves Way in Sexual Assault Reform

The Air Force has taken major strides to combat sexual assault within the ranks in the form of two recent initiatives: (1) Airmen who are convicted of sexual assault will now be automatically ...
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Obama on Sexual Assault in the Military: How 73 Words May Have Changed Everything

"Sexual assault is an outrage; it is a crime. And if it's happening inside our military, then whoever carries it out is betraying the uniform that they're wearing. So I don't want ...
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Hasan Trial Sparks Political Debate

In 2009, as hundreds of soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas prepared to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, terror struck. Or was it terror? The mass shooting, for which Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan is being ...
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WikiLeaks Trial Resumes: A Look at Manning's Defense

As Bradley Manning's trial continues this week, the army intelligence analyst's defense team, led by David E. Coombs, may be able to capitalize on key slipups made by the prosecution, which ...
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