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Military hacked by Islamic State sympathizers PDF Print E-mail
Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took control of the social media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command on Monday, posting threatening messages and propaganda videos, along with some military documents.

The command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were eventually taken offline, but not before a string of tweets and the release of military documents, some of which listed contact information for senior military personnel. A Centcom spokesman confirmed their accounts were “compromised,” and said later that the accounts have been taken offline while the incident is investigated more.

“CENTCOM’s operation military networks were not compromised and there was no operational impact to U.S. Central Command,” a military statement said. “CENTCOM will restore service to its Twitter and YouTube accounts as quickly as possible. We are viewing this purely as a case of cybervandalism.”
 
 
Pentagon sets up new POW-MIA office PDF Print E-mail
The Pentagon is taking the first steps to set up a new agency that will direct the troubled effort to search for America's missing war dead, two years after an internal report found the current prisoner of war program was mismanaged and wasteful.

Defense officials say they will begin merging two existing agencies into one POW-MIA office that will be more streamlined and effective. The new organization will be running next year.
 
 
Criminal charges recommended against Petraeus PDF Print E-mail
Federal prosecutors are recommending that retired Army Gen. David Petraeus face criminal charges for passing classified information to his former mistress, Paula Broadwell, according to two U.S. officials.

Petraeus, who resigned as CIA director after news of his affair broke in 2012, has been under investigation since then for passing secret information to Broadwell. She is the author of a biography of Petraeus, titled All In. The officials who confirmed the recommendation, first reported by The New York Times, were not authorized to speak publicly.

A lawyer for Petraeus, Robert Barnett, had no comment when contacted about the recommended charges on Friday night.

Since his resignation, Petraeus has been interviewed by FBI agents at his home in the Washington suburb of Arlington. Part of the investigation centered on whether Petraeus had given Broadwell sensitive information and whether those documents were stored in an unauthorized place.
 
 
DoD to Abandon 15 Military Bases in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Fifteen military bases across Europe will no longer be used by US armed forces, saving Washington $500 million every year, the US Department of Defense said in a statement Thursday.
 
"The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some US infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions… will save the U.S. government approximately $500 annually," the statement said.
 
The UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Portugal will see partial and full closures of bases, consolidation and closures of US facilities, as well as reduction in duty and civilian personnel.
 
 
Navy Professor Argues Academies Have Outlived Their Usefulness PDF Print E-mail

A controversial Naval Academy professor is back in the spotlight after calling for an end to military academies. 

 

Bruce Fleming, a professor at the English Department of the U.S. Naval Academy since 1987, has been praised for his short stories.

But now he's turning that sharp pen towards a missive calling on the new Republican legislative majority to shut down 'four hugely expensive and unproductive U.S. service academies (Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard) — taxpayer-funded undergraduate institutions whose products all become officers in the military — to more modest and functional schools for short-term military training programs, as the British have repurposed Sandhurst.'


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