Top Daily Stories for February 2012

Feb 13 2012

Replacement of war-worn equipment cut in budget

The Washington Times - Mon, 2012-02-13 21:06
The Pentagon is not just cutting manpower to reach deficit-reduction targets: Its 2013 budget shows the military will spend less to replace old weapons after two grueling wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Feb 13 2012

Heaviest 2013 DOD budget cuts would fall on troops

McClatchy News Service - Mon, 2012-02-13 18:54
In the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the brunt of the reductions fall on ground troops, which face job losses, modest pay raises and increased health care costs while serving in a smaller force.
Feb 13 2012

Plan to move carrier from Va. to Fla. on hold

Navy Times - Mon, 2012-02-13 18:07
The Navy’s plans to move an aircraft carrier from Virginia to Florida are on hold for at least five years, but the two states will likely see a shuffling of some other military ships.
Feb 13 2012

VA Budget Deals With Homelessness and Jobs - Headlines - Mon, 2012-02-13 14:58
The VA sent Congress a proposed budget of $140 billion for fiscal 2013, which includes a 33 percent increase in funding to tackle homelessness and a $1 billion request for a new Veterans Job Corps.
Feb 13 2012

Russian Icebreaker Supplies U.S. Antarctica Base - Headlines - Mon, 2012-02-13 13:16
The United States is relying on a Russian icebreaker to supply its main base in Antarctica, thanks to continued problems with the shrinking U.S. fleet of the cold-water vessels.
Feb 13 2012

Report: Top Spec Ops Officer Seeks New Powers - Headlines - Mon, 2012-02-13 07:22
The top U.S. special operations officer, who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is seeking new authority to move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels.
Feb 13 2012

GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, expand aviation arm

Reuters - Mon, 2012-02-13 06:06
General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year.
Feb 12 2012

5th Fleet commander says forces prepared to confront Iran

Fox News - Sun, 2012-02-12 19:26
The top U.S. Navy official in the Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran's military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region.
Feb 12 2012

Schools on military bases could close under defense cuts

USA Today - Sun, 2012-02-12 17:46
If massive Defense Department cuts go through next year, little-noticed potential victims on the chopping block include the schools on military bases in the U.S. and abroad.
Feb 11 2012

Pentagon eyes $178.8 bln for R&D, procurement in FY2013

Reuters - Sat, 2012-02-11 14:02
The Pentagon's budget plan for fiscal 2013 calls for spending of $178.8 billion on new warships, fighter jets and other major weapons, a 7.5 percent drop from the level initially projected, a document says.


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