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Pentagon Will Relocate Pregnant Family Members From Zika-Affected Areas PDF Print E-mail
The Department of Defense has offered to relocate any pregnant family members of active-duty personnel and civilian employees stationed in regions affected by the Zika virus.

The voluntary relocation program is accompanied by efforts by Defense Department researchers to develop vaccines, tests and treatment for the mosquito-borne disease, the Military Times reports. The prevalence of the disease in Brazil has been linked to a spike in microcephaly, a birth defect causing babies to be born with small heads. Cases of the virus have cropped up throughout North and South America, prompting the World Health Organization to declare an international public health emergency on Monday.
 
U-M and US Department of Defense partner for traumatic brain injury research PDF Print E-mail
The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to find new research aiming to impact the way severe traumatic brain injury is diagnosed and treated.

MCIRCC and the Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP), a subsidiary of the DoD and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, signed an agreement in November 2015 to begin executing a series of collaborative activities focused on severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The partners will work together to host The Massey Foundation TBI Grand Challenge which invites researchers to engage and partner in groundbreaking research in severe TBI and to submit project proposals for funding. A TBI is a form of brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even a penetrating head injury) that ultimately disrupts the normal function of the brain.
 
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.
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