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Nominee for U.S. Army secretary warns about impact of further troop cuts PDF Print E-mail
The nominee to be the next U.S. Army secretary told lawmakers on Thursday that cutting the size of the force had increased the risk to American security and that further reductions would require a rethinking of the Army's role and priorities.

Eric Fanning, a longtime senior defense official who would be the first openly gay military service secretary, told his confirmation hearing that reducing the Army to 450,000 troops by 2018 from about 490,000 currently, was manageable but would increase the risk to national security.

The Pentagon is in the process of cutting almost $1 trillion in projected defense spending over a decade under a 2011 deal approved by the White House and Congress.

Cutting the active-duty Army to 420,000 soldiers, which could be required if the spending cuts are not reversed, "would require a whole new set of assumptions and guidance on what the Army is supposed to do and what its priorities should be," said Fanning, who would replace Army Secretary John McHugh, who stepped down several months ago.
 
Petraeus faces potential demotion PDF Print E-mail
The Pentagon is re-examining whether retired Army Gen. David Petraeus should be retroactively demoted for giving his biographer unauthorized access to classified information, defense officials say.

While the Army officially determined last year that Petraeus should retain the status — and pension — of a retired four-star officer, that decision is now under review by Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s office, officials said. The story was first reported Monday by The Daily Beast.

Petraeus, who served as the top war commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty in federal court last April to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information. He was sentenced to two years probation and fined $100,000 after acknowledging he shared his personal notebooks with Paula Broadwell, the biographer with whom the general also had an extramarital affair. Those notebooks included notes from national security meetings and in some cases the identities of covert officers.
 
ROBO-PARACHUTES that could save thousands of lives PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. military is refining an autonomous airdrop system to save thousands of lives and deliver supplies to troops with increased accuracy.
Using imagery data, the system has proven able to determine its location based on terrain features, and navigate to a pre-selected position.
By making this technology more versatile, troops can be supplied with critical provisions even in high-risk locations.
Read more...
 
Army probe blames leadership in anthrax shipment scandal PDF Print E-mail
\A US Army probe blames a general and several other officials for contributing to an anthrax scandal that saw live samples of the deadly bacteria shipped across the United States and overseas, the Pentagon has said.
 
The investigation followed the May 2015 discovery that low levels of live anthrax spores had been discovered in an Army shipment supposed to only contain dead spores. 
The samples originated from the Dugway Proving Ground research center in the Utah desert, and officials later determined live anthrax had, over a period of about a decade, been sent to 194 other research laboratories in all 50 US states as well as nine foreign countries.
 
WP-ORG: STOP SENDING MONEY! FUND DRIVE 38 CLOSES SUCCESSFULLY PDF Print E-mail
o all members of WP-ORG,

On behalf of all the WP-ORG advisors, moderators, and tireless volunteers, I am delighted to announce that FD38 has been successfully completed and WP-ORG's operations are fully funded through this coming April. Thank you!

The final Donation Report may be seen at:


I'd like to thank everyone who made the effort to contribute. In addition, we are grateful to those who continue to donate countless hours of their valuable time. These long hours are a donation equally as important and valuable as money. Without either, WP-ORG would not exist.

I especially want to recognize the Class of 1964 for their continuing support, far more than the next closest class!  You guys are champs!

The fund drive is complete, the donation site has been shut down. Any donations that continue to be received by mail will be credited toward FD39.

In addition to donation reports, we archive for each fund drive daily tallies, charts and tables comparing performance measures of current and past drives, and additional data which you may find of interest:


FD38 has been a great success. Once again, thank you!

Jack Price
USMA 1964
CFO, WP-ORG Inc.
 
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