Medal Broke Tradition, Troops Back to the Balkans, Cyber Threat Surpasses WMDs


Rick Rogers – Military Headline News



In the military tradition matters.

But the Pentagon broke a century of that tradition by rolling out the Distinguished Warfare Medal without first seeking support from Capitol Hill.

Now it might be paying the price. Congress is demanding the Pentagon demote the new medal below the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in order of importance.

New data shows more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans than ever are stuck in the benefits claims backlog.

In 2009, veterans waiting a year or more for benefits numbered 11,000. That number now stands at 245,000.

U.S. troops are deploying like it’s 1999.

After taking a decade off to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, active-duty US troops are once again headed back to Kosovo, where they were fixtures in the tiny Balkan nation from 1999 to 2003.

Here’s a trivia question.

In what year did cyber attacks pass terrorism and weapons of mass destruction as the nation’s No. 1 national security threat?

The answer: 2013.


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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.