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January 2012 AUSA News

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raq and its forces are prepared to cope with the security challenges they will face after U.S. troops withdraw, Defense Department leaders told Congress Nov. 15. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint...
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The amount of explosives used in improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan is increasing, while at the same time, the number of attacks are at "historic highs." In June and July, there were 1,600 improvised explosive device-events in Afghanistan,...
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President Barack Obama delivered a clear message Nov. 21 when he signed two new tax credits into law to increase the hiring of military veterans and wounded warriors. "For businesses out there, if you are hiring, hire a veteran," he said. "It's the...
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All his adult life he's been a soldier, and he doesn't care who knows it. That's why he makes it a point to educate Congress and the public on the merits of America's land force. His career started in 1959, and the Army has been his passion ever...
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I have always believed that life is a series of phases: Our childhood phase, young adult phase, couples phase and parenting phase. We enter yet another phase when our children are finishing their high school years and preparing to leave home for...
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Yet again I must report that defense authorization and appropriations legislation remains incomplete more than two months after the beginning of the new fiscal year. The defense appropriations legislation appears likely to be part of an enormous...
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The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network. Since the adoption of this mission, the brigade has built an...
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Anticipating an end to a period of conflict that will have lasted more than a decade when the last soldiers return home, Army leadership is working to make necessary changes to accommodate them. Their goal: to ensure that these soldiers and their...
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After a successful pilot program aimed at reducing the emotional stress facing soldiers and their families by embedding behavioral health providers in units at Fort Carson, Colo., the Army is expanding the program to seven additional installations...
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The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command hosted the Army Profession Junior Leader Forum at Fort Sill, Okla., Nov. 17. The forum is part of TRADOC's Unified Quest program, and during the four-day event, junior leaders (enlisted, officers,...
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The Army has concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., moving closer to deploying an integrated battlefield network after collecting valuable soldier feedback on the latest tactical communications...
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One of the greatest challenges for today’s Army, according to Maj. Gen. Bob Brown, commanding general, U.S. Army Maneuver Center for Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga., is to improve the efficiency of the military’s smallest unit: the squad. "We...
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Commanders should put down their BlackBerry devices and get involved in the training of their soldiers, according to a forum of junior leaders. After four days of meetings at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command-hosted "Army Profession Junior...
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The Israeli military is testing an airburst-style weapon that resembles the technology inside the U.S. Army’s XM25 counter-defilade weapon. But unlike the stand-alone U.S. weapon, the Israeli design mounts on any rifle and works with a standard 40mm...
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While the Army understandably has been preoccupied with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army’s top military officer in Korea cautioned that potential threats in Northeast Asia still require continued vigilance. The Korean Peninsula poses two...
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As the Army looks forward to a lessening of 10 years of intensive combat deployments, it is working to reform and revitalize its leadership development for officers, senior enlisted and the civilian workforce, a panel of Army training and personnel...
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Then acting director of the Army National Guard said that in order to retain soldiers who enlisted after 2006, the National Guard needs to keep them actively engaged. "Where do we go post Afghanistan and Iraq [for those soldiers]?" Maj. Gen. Raymond...
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The Army is evaluating the mission command-on-the-move capabilities that allow soldiers to communicate vertically and laterally through voice and data in a tactical operational environment. The testing and evaluation of the network components, or...
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The Network Integrated Evaluation (NIE) 12.1 is the second in a series of semi-annual field exercises designed to evaluate, integrate and mature the Army’s tactical network. During the evaluation, the Army will integrate and assess network and non-...
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Implementing Special Forces tactics within the conventional forces is integral to the success of counterinsurgency efforts, according to a panel of Army leaders, both Special Forces and conventional, who spoke at an Institute of Land Warfare (ILW)...
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AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare has recently released a new publication. "Military Retiree Health Care Faces Triple Whammy" (Torchbearer Issue Paper, November 2011) discusses the impact on and implications for military retirees in the context of...