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1. Free Christmas trees available to military members. Worldwide, about 17,000 Christmas trees will be delivered for military families at more than 60 bases in the U.S. and overseas.
2. Top general to teens: Watch what you post online! Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey worried aloud Wednesday that the next generation of possible military recruits is ignorant about the damage that can come from showing bad or illegal behavior online.
3. Poll: Americans’ isolationism on the rise. Most Americans say the nation’s influence in world affairs is declining, disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling foreign policy and would prefer more emphasis on domestic affairs, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
4. Pentagon Reductions ‘First Step’ in Realigning Defense Spending, Hagel Says. The Defense Department’s senior leaders announced changes today in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff designed to save money and better align the department’s structures and resources. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed decisions made as part of …
5. If Karzai stonewalls on agreement, is US military planning harmed? U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have likewise stressed that a signature by the end of the year was crucial, saying delay until 2014 would deeply impact the ability to plan a broad range of military operations in Afghanistan. But would a delay until 2014 really hamper U.S. military planning?
6. NATO, Russia work to dispose of obsolete bombs, munitions. Russia and NATO agreed Wednesday to work together to destroy thousands of outdated Cold War-era munitions in Russia’s Kaliningrad region even as they remain at loggerheads over key issues such as the alliance’s missile defense plans in Europe, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
7.Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files wrongful death suit. WDEF News 12 … is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs and … A lawyer for the family said during a news conference that the Navy and the
8. Tampa woman sues in Washington Naval Yard shooting death. Hyperlink to Article Tampa Tribune: A Tampa woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Navy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and two defense contractors over her sister’s death in the Sept. 16 Washington Navy Yard shooting.
9. Joint Chiefs chair Dempsey: Pentagon, VA too slow in merging medical systems. Hyperlink to Article Washington Times: The Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are moving too slowly to integrate medical records into a system that would speed up treatment for veterans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.
10. VA benefits set to slightly increase in 2014. Hyperlink to Article Federal News Radio: When veterans and their families, who receive disability compensation and retirement benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department, receive their annual cost-of-living increase next month, for the first time ever, it won’t be rounded down to the nearest dollar.
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