Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Conducting Major Study of Bereaved Military Families

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The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Maryland-based Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has begun a major study on bereaved military families. The study is open to families of the more than 19,000 service members from all branches of the military who have died on active duty since September 11, 2001.

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Obama Administration Announces College Accountability Regulations

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To protect students at career colleges from becoming burdened by student loan debt they cannot repay, the U.S. Department of Education announced regulations to ensure that these institutions improve their outcomes for students—or risk losing access to federal student aid. These regulations will hold career training programs accountable for putting their students on the path to success, and they complement action across the Administration to protect consumers and prevent and investigate fraud, waste and abuse, particularly at for-profit colleges.

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Health Chief Details Plan to Protect Troops in West Africa

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
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U.S. troops will be protected while doing their critical work in West Africa—helping the U.S. Agency for International Development stop the deadly Ebola outbreak there—and after they come home, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview.

Speaking Oct. 17 with DoD News, Dr. Jonathan Woodson detailed the Defense Department’s plan for keeping troops safe while they’re deployed in West Africa, getting them home for treatment if a servicemember becomes infected, and making sure their families and communities are safe when all the troops come home.

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The Unveiling of the Carl-Gustaf M4 Recoilless Rifle

Recoilless rifles have played a role in the U.S. Armed Forces since The Great War. Recently, recoilless rifles have emerged as emblematic symbol of the ongoing Syrian Civil War. As technology has advanced, contemporary recoilless rifles have grown smaller and lighter. However, their firepower, versatility and range continue to improve.

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Intelligence Opportunities

  • Written by Sean Carmichael
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The military intelligence field offers some of the best opportunities for those looking to advance as Army warrant officers, recent coverage in Army Times indicates.

Of 14 sought-after warrant officer fields, the publication found, fully half were in intelligence. The Army, which currently has some 15,000 members of the warrant officer corps, is looking to hire some 900 warrant officers this year, and the National Guard and Reserves are reporting shortages.


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GA-ASI Radar Shines during U.S. Navy Spearhead IIA Exercise

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optical and related mission systems solutions, today announced that its Lynx Multi-mode Radar successfully demonstrated the ability to support maritime operations in a littoral environment during the recent U.S. Navy Exercise Spearhead IIA held off the coast of Key West, Fla., in June.

Integrated aboard a Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper surrogate (King Air 350), Lynx’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Maritime Wide-Area Search (MWAS) modes detected mine-like objects and very small vessels, including fast boats, sailboats and fishing boats.

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Airstrikes Against ISIS May Be Reflected in FY15 Defense Budget

The Obama administration has taken a strong stance regarding the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State or Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) terrorist group. While there have been assurances that the United States would not be drawn into another Middle Eastern war, the administration has opted for airstrikes as their way of protecting the unstable region. To date, U.S. Central Command has conducted 98 air strikes across Iraq, 62 of them coming near the Mosul Dam, a hotbed for ISIS activity since their capture of the structure on August 7.

The U.S. assertion of power may not be without consequence, though, as officials believe that the airstrikes and associated support could be reflected in the not-yet-finalized fiscal year 2015 defense budget.

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