Top Daily Stories for January 2012

Jan 26 2012

Navy avoids most of Pentagon’s latest cuts

Navy Times - Thu, 2012-01-26 17:37
The U.S. Fleet keeps its 11 carriers as well as 10 air wings. About a third of the cruiser fleet—seven ships—will be decommissioned early. But in all, no Navy program suffered a severe blow from the 2013 budget-cutting ax.
Jan 26 2012

Lawmakers call defense cuts dangerous

Navy Times - Thu, 2012-01-26 16:03
The $259 billion in defense cuts announced by DOD drew criticism from Congress, even though the reductions are the direct result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that Congress approved last year.
Jan 26 2012

DOD plans smaller pay raises, benefits cuts

Navy Times - Thu, 2012-01-26 12:12
Pay caps, reduced retirement benefits and higher out-of-pocket costs for retiree health care are in the military’s future under the Defense Department’s new strategy that will be announced this afternoon.
Jan 26 2012

Conservation Groups Sue Navy Over Sonar - Headlines - Thu, 2012-01-26 12:03
Conservationists and American Indians are suing over the Navy's expanded use of sonar in exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, saying the noise can harass and kill whales and other marine life.
Jan 26 2012

New DOD Plan: More Drones, Less Troops

Fox News - Thu, 2012-01-26 05:48
The Pentagon plans to expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases in a fundamental realignment meant to project U.S. power, even as it cuts back conventional forces.
Jan 26 2012

U.S. could increase Pacific presence with return to the Philippines

The Telegraph (U.K.) - Thu, 2012-01-26 05:19
Washington is in talks with Manila about permanently basing ships and soldiers in Philippines, 20 years after it left.
Jan 25 2012

Pentagon to seek two new rounds of BRAC

Navy Times - Wed, 2012-01-25 21:55
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to request, as early as tomorrow, two new rounds of military base closures in the United States as part of the Pentagon budget-cutting process, according to defense sources.
Jan 25 2012

SECDEF Releases Statement on Hostage Rescue Operation in Somalia Top Stories - Wed, 2012-01-25 15:15
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta released the following statement Jan. 25 regarding the hostage rescue operation in Somalia:
Jan 25 2012

U.S. Raid Frees Pair From Somali Pirates

The New York Times - Global - Wed, 2012-01-25 05:09
American commandos staged a daring raid in Somalia on Wednesday morning, rescuing two hostages, including an American woman, who had been kidnapped by pirates and held for months.
Jan 24 2012

Pentagon ending Air Force’s Global Hawk program

Navy Times - Tue, 2012-01-24 20:03
Officials say Pentagon budget cuts will end the Air Force’s long-range surveillance drone known as the Global Hawk, but keep the Navy’s version of the unmanned aircraft.


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