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1. China ups ante in conflict with Japan with new air defense ID zone. Upping the gamesmanship with Japan over disputed East China Sea waters, China said Saturday it had established an air defense identification zone that would allow its military to take “emergency defensive measures” against unidentified aircraft.
2. Agreement emerges on US-Afghan security pact. After much handwringing and speculation, there appeared to be broad consensus on Saturday by Afghan leaders to endorse a post-2014 international military presence in the country.
3. Council calls on Karzai to sign pact with US soon. Members of the Loya Jirga, or council of elders, are endorsing a U.S.-Afghan security agreement that defines the terms of a continued U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 and are calling on President Hamid Karzai to sign it soon.
4. Iran deal leaves Israel few options . After feverishly trying to derail the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed.
5. Pentagon clarifies definition of ‘US hire’ overseas. The Pentagon has issued a policy advisory that appears to strike down an interpretation of the term “U.S. hire” long used by the U.S. Army to determine living quarters allowances for U.S. civilians hired to work overseas.
6. Paths from military to workplace expand, but challenges remain. A pilot program called Operation: GoodJobs is one of a collection of emerging new programs designed to help veterans transition into and navigate their way through the civilian workforce.
7. Military alters training to deal with budget woes . Budget cuts to the military have forced installations around the country to alter training exercises and daily routines to save money. For airmen and pilots, that means fewer flights. For soldiers and Marines, it means fewer drills or delaying them until a deployment nears.
8. Wisconsin veteran who lost hand must get FBI training soon, judge rules. The war veteran who won his case to become the first FBI agent with a prosthetic hand must be returned to individual training by April, a federal judge ruled Friday — unless the FBI knows by March that it will have a new class of trainees starting by June.
9. Veterans Affairs woes not just regional concern. Tribune-Review First, waterborne bacteria in Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospitals led to at least five … care revealed during the past year in VA inspector general and news reports. … On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said the government would not …
10. Healing veterans: Saginaw’s VA Medical Center pours nearly $30 … Bay City Times Veterans who rely on medical center will see them unveiled one by one, Associate … $12.4 million of that total, was funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. ….
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