Pentagon Kicking Some Brass, Hasan Rests Case, Syrian Gas Attack Alleged

Pentagon in 2008

by Rick Rogers

* To save money, the Pentagon has announced plans to cut senior officers starting next year.

The Navy plans to trim 35 admirals in 2014, while the Army aims to cut 25 percent of its generals in staff jobs.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s vowed to slash staff spending by 20 percent in the next five years.

* New charges that Syrian forces have used weapons of mass destruction against its own people.
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Rebels forces claim 1,300 men, women, and children were killed in a recent gas attack outside Damascus.

* The Army psychiatrist charged with murdering 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 has rested his case without calling a single witness.
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Maj. Nidal Hasan could be sentenced to death if found guilty by a military jury of the mass shooting.

* Setting aside a long and bitter history, South Korean and Japanese militaries are training together for the first time.

The countries are tightening cooperation in the face of a growing Chinese military presence in Asia.
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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.