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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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White House Releases Regulatory Reform Plans

Regulatory reform plans for federal agencies will save more than $4 billion over the next five years, the White House said Monday. Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, announced on the White House blog that federal agencies are releasing their final regulatory plans. The plans …

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Panetta Promises No Retirement Changes for Current Soldiers

Any changes to the current military retirement system will not affect current service members, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. Robert Gates, Panetta’s predecessor, asked the Defense Business Board to make recommendations on modifying the current 20-year retirement system. The final report is due this month. AFPS reports Panetta made …

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Pentagon Audit Finds Army Improperly Tested Body Armor

The Army improperly tested new bullet-blocking plates for body armor and cannot determine if 5 million pieces of the equipment meet standards, a Defense Department audit found. According to the AP, the Pentagon’s inspector general focused on seven Army contracts for the plates, awarded between 2004 and 2006. The total …

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Sec. Panetta: Look Beyond Pentagon for Budget Cuts

Congress must look beyond cutting the Defense Department’s budget in trying to attain fiscal responsibility, Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with students at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Frank Sesno, former CNN correspondent, moderated the discussion. Both the …

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Military Retirement Remaining Status Quo

The 20-year military retirement system will not change in the near future, Defense Department officials said. AFPS reports Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops in Afghanistan July 31 there was no immediate plan to affect retirement. A small group of Defense Business Board …

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President Announces Vet Workforce Initiatives

President Barack Obama announced Friday a series of administration initiatives to help veterans find jobs once they return to the U.S. AFPS reports the president proposed a series of tax credits for companies hiring veterans, including an increase to the existing tax credit for hiring disabled veterans. The Returning Heroes …

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