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WH Deficit Plan Modifies Tricare, Current Service Members Unaffected

The White House’s deficit reduction proposal calls for increases in Tricare pharmacy co-pays for military beneficiaries and includes charging an enrollment fee for older retirees using Tricare for Life benefits. However, any changes in benefits for military retirees would not happen immediately. Another commission will study the issue before changes are …

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Pentagon, DHS Probe Expanding Sharing of Cyber Threat Intel with Contractors

The Defense Department plans to expand the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence between the Pentagon and certain contracting firms to better secure commercial networks used for military purposes, Pentagon officials said. A test program, which ran from May 9 through Sept. 15, prevented hundreds of attempted breaches at 20 participating industrial defense firms, officials …

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Repealed

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military has officially been repealed and is no longer in effect. The Defense Department sent a memo Tuesday announcing the policy change, which takes effect 60 days after President Barack Obama certified the military’s readiness for repeal …

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Pentagon Claims Defense Cuts Would Increase Unemployment

Threatened cuts to defense approaching $1 trillion over the next 10 years could add 1 percent to the nation’s unemployment rate, a Defense Department official said Thursday. As part of the debt ceiling agreement reached in August, at least $350 billion is to be cut from the security budget over …

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Limited Access to Pentagon Memorial Over 9/11 Weekend

Public access to the Pentagon Memorial will be limited Friday-Sunday due to ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. In a statement released Thursday, the Defense Department said the memorial will be closed Sunday until 6 p.m., and intermittently Friday and Saturday. The Pentagon said …

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New DoD Public School Attendance Policy

Children attending public schools at military installations will be subject to similar attendance policies at other public schools, the Pentagon’s education agency said Tuesday. The Department of Defense Education Activity is implementing a system-wide attendance policy this school year for DoDEA schools around the world. All students will be required …

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Body Armor Testing Improving, Army Says

The Army is implementing recommendations made by the Department of Defense Inspector General to improve testing and performance of soldier-worn body armor, Armed with Science reported Tuesday. In August, the inspector general found the Army improperly tested bullet-blocking plates and could not determine if 5 million plates met safety standards. …

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Military Retiree Pay Dates to Change in September & December

Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service said Tuesday. This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3 will be issued on Sept. 30. Payments normally scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012 will …

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Military Recruiting & Retention Goals Met, Pentagon Says

All of the military’s active duty and reserve components are on target to meet recruiting and retention goals for fiscal year 2011 through July, the Defense Department said Wednesday. All four active duty components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal-year-to-date 2011, which began Oct. 1, 2010. The …

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Pentagon Shoring Up Smartphone Security

The Defense Department is opening up to smartphones and tablets and trying to do it securely, a Pentagon official said Monday. AFPS reports the department is concerned with issues regarding users’ general lack of knowledge of how the devices work, potentially compromising the devices. “We do want this innovation in …

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