Judge Dismisses Burn Pit Suit, Colleges Oppose Troop, Vet Tuition Break


Military Headline News – Rick Rogers

* Just how many U.S. and NATO troops will stay in Afghanistan past 2014 won’t likely be known until this fall, said Gen. Joe Dunford, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan
For months the numbers bandied about ranged from 8,000 to 12,000 troops. But recently a higher number has been suggested.
* The powerful Senate Armed Services Committee beat back a move to strip commanders of their authority to make decisions in serious crime cases, including military sexual assaults.
But legislators warned commanders to fix the military justice system or they will.
* Do defense contractors in combat zones enjoy the same sovereign immunity status as U.S. forces?
For now the answer is yes.
So ruled a federal judge. He dismissed lawsuits against KBR brought by troops who claimed burn pits run by the defense contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan made them sick.
The decision is under appeal.
* Public colleges and universities are fighting legislation that would allow troops and veterans to pay in-state tuition rates. Such laws could save troops thousands, but cost the schools millions.
Rick Rogers, Military Headline News.
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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.