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July 26, 2013 at 7:49am

Morning Report: Bradley Manning court-martial, 2nd Cavalry Regiment takes lead, Pearl Jam app and more ...

Col. D.A. Sims (left), commander of Combined Task Force Dragoon (2nd Cavalry Regiment), and Command Sgt. Maj. Wilbert E. Engram uncase the task force's colors during a transfer-of-authority ceremony, July 25 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Photo Credit

CLEANING UP A MESS: In coordination with the Australian Defense Force, the U.S. 7th Fleet will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal of four bombs which were jettisoned off the coast of Queensland, Australia, by two AV-8B Harrier aircraft in an emergency situation on July 16.

AFGHANISTAN: 2nd Cavalry Regiment takes lead.

TODAY: The defense gets the chance to sum up its case in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, the Army private who sent hundreds of thousands of U.S. government documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

HUG A BLOGGER: The Defense Department is facing a once-in-a-generation change, and its public affairs practitioners around the world need to communicate that change clearly, the Pentagon's chief spokesman said today.

LEGAL MOTION: Commandant Gen. Jim Amos removed Lt. Gen. Thomas Walhauser as the consolidated disposition authority for prosecuting the cases against Marines involved in videotaping themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters.

SEXUAL ASSAULT MEASURE: Opponents scramble to keep Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from getting a majority on legislation removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

NINE INCH NAILS: The band is back onstage, with a vengeance.

HERE'S A STORY: Did you hear the one about the guy who spent all of his Kickstarter money and then canceled the project?

PEARL JAM: There's an app for that.

MEET THE NEWEST SUPERHERO IN TOWN: She kicks ass wearing a burka.

Keep It Together Today

July 25, 2013 at 8:12am

Morning Report: I Corps in Australia, military budget, female soldiers in combat, "Twilly" and more ...

Paratroopers move out after jumping into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area of Queensland, Australia, during Exercise Talisman Saber 2013. Photo Credit: Cpl. Max Bree

I CORPS IN AUSTRALIA: I Corps is playing a key role in Exercise Talisman Saber in Australia, demonstrating the Army's increasing influence in the Pacific, said one of the exercise planners.

MILITARY BUDGET: The U.S. House last night overwhelmingly approved a spending bill that would give the Pentagon about $600 billion next year, while narrowly killing a measure that targeted controversial NSA surveillance programs.

FEMALE SOLDIERS: How female soldiers mentally cope with the rigors of combat is creating more concern among Pentagon leaders than whether those troops can withstand the physical rigors of the battlefield.

PRISON PRICE: The cost to run the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in 2013 is $454 million - a figure significantly higher than previous estimates.

ASH IN AFRICA: Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with senior government and military leaders here to discuss the U.S.-Ethiopia security partnership and shared interests in East African security challenges.

ROCKET SCEINCE: Natick develops holster for M320 grenade launcher.

TODAY'S LIST: The 25 essential American indie films, 1988-2013.

WOULD YOU EAT THIS?: "Twilly" - a hot dog in a Twinkie bun!

COMIC-CON: The cool stuff you'd want to steal.

MAKING SCIENCE MATTER: Why Cosmos is more important than ever.

July 24, 2013 at 7:41am

Morning Report: Korean War armistice anniversary, military communications boost, sharkini and more ...

The Korean Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area were created by the armistice that was signed in 1953. U.S. Army photo: Sgt. Park Youngho

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: American and South Korean officials and veterans will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in the United States and South Korea this week.

HELLO? CAN ANYONE HEAR US?: The US Navy's next-generation military communications network is about to get a serious boost in capability, one that could dramatically improve field communications for the US military - and, perhaps in the future, international partners.

ASIA RE-BALANCE BALANCE: A bi-partisan group of lawmakers is calling upon newly appointed National Security Advisor Susan Rice to conduct a formal strategy review of the administration's Asia re-balance strategy, claiming the approach is in need of greater clarity.

FINAL FRONTIER TALKS: After years of grudging refusal to do much more than discuss the possibility of talks on a space code of conduct, China has begun discussions on a multilateral code as part of a larger UN effort.

THE FONZ: Henry Winkler has booked a guest turn on NBC's lone returning fall comedy series Parks and Recreation, playing Jean-Ralphio's father.

DO WE NEED THIS?: Carl's Jr. Pop-Tartice cream sandwich goes nationwide.

STARBUCKS: A horrifying journey across the globe.

FINALLY: Sharkini, a one-piece shark bite swimsuit.

Today's Tip: Watch Out For Rollerbladers!

Filed under: Defense News, Morning Report,

July 23, 2013 at 7:53am

Morning Report: I Corps Down Under, Syria action preview, summer beers and more ...

Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Lt. Gen. Brown, I Corps commanding general, speak with personnel participating in the 2013 Talisman Saber exercise, July 20, 2013, Brisbane, Australia. Photo Credit: Spc. John G. Martinez

TALISMAN SABER 2013: Secretary of the Army John McHugh sees I Corps in action Down Under.

LESSON LEARNED: Building on the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Special Operations Command is refocusing on helping partner militaries across the geographic commands build special operations capacity.

AFGHANISTAN: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came away from a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday convinced that the United States and Afghanistan can sign a bilateral security agreement between now and October.

SYRIA PREVIEW?: A drill involving about 4,000 paratroopers and 95 tons of air-dropped gear offered a dramatic preview of one possible U.S. action to seize control of chemical warfare stocks in Syria.

CUTBACKS: The Navy has 10 fewer ships worldwide compared to just a few months ago.

TODAY'S LIST: Tasty summer beers.

TO EACH THEIR OWN: Wedding photo of newlyweds preparing to battle Star Wars AT-AT Walkers and the Death Star.

GOOD NEWS: Neil deGrasse Tyson says long-awaited Cosmos sequel tells "Greatest Story Ever Told."

Someone Has Too Much Free Time

July 22, 2013 at 7:47am

Morning Report: Furloughs 2014, Stryker audit, Great Barrier Reef bombed and more ...

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanks service members after joining them for lunch at Regional Command-North in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, Jul 21. Photo credit: D. Myles Cullen

YIKES: Furloughs may continue next year for DoD employees.

YIKES AGAIN: A new Defense Department audit questions hundreds of millions of dollars of spending on Stryker infantry vehicles over the past six years because the Army could not verify that it paid for repairs out of the correct annual accounts.

YIKES THRICE: The United States military said today it had jettisoned four unarmed bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a training exercise only because civilian boats had strayed into the drop zone.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO and partner nations are heavily involved with training and advising Afghan National Army forces, Afghan uniformed police and Afghan local police.

TERROR LIST: European Union foreign ministers Monday added the military wing of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group and political party, to a list of terrorist organizations.

GREEN MILITARY: While the Defense Department is battling to maintain the nation's military readiness in an austere budget climate, its conservation efforts in communities across the country are quietly flourishing.

Top 100: Looking beyond defense.

OH YOU FANCY: Casa Sur is one of hundreds of high-end homes, villas and mansions where senior generals and admirals are billeted.

COMIC-CON 2013: A summary of what went down.

COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE: Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock are pulled over by the cops.

SUB POP: The label released 14 free downloads from Nirvana, Sebadoh and others to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

TODAY'S LIST: 25 hammocks for lazy summer days.

Filed under: Defense News, Morning Report,

July 19, 2013 at 7:43am

Morning Report: Drill Sergeants of the Year, McCain is hella mad, China gets aggressive, do you care about Spock? and more ...

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan McCaffrey gives instruction on how to properly inspect the ejection port of an M-16 rifle during the rifle drill manual stage of the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year selection process. Photo Credit: Andrew R. McIntyre, Fort Jackson

WINNER ANNOUNCED: 2013 Drill Sergeants of the Year.

DEPUTY DEFENSE SECRETARY ASH CARTER: DOD manages major strategic transition as budget shrinks.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Asia-Pacific rebalance promotes prosperity, security.

OH CRAP: A U.S. intelligence-gathering ship was harassed by a Chinese security ship last month in an incident that analysts say indicates Beijing is stepping up aggressive maritime encounters toward the U.S. Navy in the Asia-Pacific.

AFGHANISTAN'S THANKS FOR U.S. GENEROSITY: Karzai's regime issues harsh exit levies.

NOT SATISFIED: Sen. John McCain says he will block U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey's nomination to a second term in the post.

MISSILE DEFENSE: Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. James Syring told a congressional panel that the agency plans to get back to flight testing "as soon as possible" after a failed test earlier this month.

DO YOU CARE?: What if Ned Stark and Tony stark were brothers?

COMIC-CON: Yes, there is a 400-pound robot there.

It's Spock. Do You Care?

July 18, 2013 at 7:56am

Morning Report: Military's fiscal sacrifices, focus on the Pacific, Be Ready app and more ...

MILITARY BUDGET: Senate Armed Services Committee members will likely use today's hearing with Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to flesh out more detail on the fiscal sacrifices the military will make if budget caps remain in place into fiscal 2014.

THEY CARE: Speaking to civilian employees at Joint Base Charleston, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured them that Defense Department leaders know that furloughs and other sequestration effects are not just numbers, but people.

CAPITOL HILL: The House Armed Services Committee has scheduled its first hearing on what is arguably the Pentagon's most important shift since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the strategic shift of U.S. forces and focus to the Pacific.

ARMY'S ANTI-TERRORISM AWARENESS MONTH: Programs such as iWatch Army and eGuardian are ways that terrorism awareness can be raised.

BE READY APP: The app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Emergency Management Division as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource.

EMMY AWARDS: The nominations are in.

RESENTMENT OF THE DAY: Boston Marathon bomber to be featured on Rolling Stone's cover.

THE 500TH EPISODE OF THIS AMERICAN LIFE: Unsurprisingly, is wonderful.

We're Certain we Don't Need This

Filed under: Defense News, Morning Report,

July 17, 2013 at 7:58am

Morning Report: Military logistics' future, Quadrennial Defense Review, "Ghost Shark" and more ...

New M2A2 and M3A3 Bradleys are loaded onto railcars at Pier 8 in Busan, South Korea. Equipment and troops will be redistributed through a complex logistics chain as the US 'pivots' to the Asia-Pacific. (US Army)

MILITARY LOGISTICS: A year and a half after the Obama administration released its latest National Security Strategy calling for a "rebalancing" of U.S. strategic focus from the Middle East to the Pacific, the broad outlines of what that shift may look like are coming into view.

THEY KEEP ON COMING: Hagel announces cuts to headquarters staffs.

DOWN UNDER WONDER: A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region.

YIKES: Low levels of alpha and beta radiological particles were detected in a weapons storage bunker near Biggs Army Airfield at Fort Bliss, Texas, in an area called the "Snake Pit."

QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW: A concerted effort by DoD to look 20 to 50 years ahead and make recommendations that are not financially driven will provide Congress with the clear-eyed perspective and advice it needs to address US budgeting needs and to understand risks inherent in anything it decides to leave unfunded.

QUIZ: Name that tune, TV theme song edition.

DAVID BOWIE: He's released a new video.

ANOTHER VIDEO: Adam Ant performs Vince Taylor, Goody Two Shoes on Jimmy Fallon.

WATCH THE GHOST SHARK TRAILER: Syfy's next TV-movie.

IT'S THE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREATEST WALL STREET MOVIE EVER MADE: Here's the story behind it.

What Are You Going To Do Today

July 16, 2013 at 8:05am

Morning Report: Army slashed the most, hanging with Hagel, NCO promotions change, "Cap'N Crunch Show" and more ...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to soldiers, families and civilians during a town hall meeting at Pope Army Airfield on Fort Bragg, N.C. U.S. Army photo by Timothy Hale

ARMY NOT SO STRONG: Money for military construction will be cut $600 million in the coming year, but Army cuts will run far deeper. While the Navy gets a $200 million boost and the Air Force will see a $700 million bump, the total force Army will see a cut of more than $1.2 billion.

HANGING WITH HAGEL: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling to U.S. military bases to talk with service members and their families, as well as Defense Department civilian employees, about the impact of budget reductions and to listen to their concerns. 

PENTAGON PAPERS: A data-driven review of big-ticket Pentagon programs going back 20 years shows that, no matter the platform or type of contract, the majority of developmental programs exceeded their planned budgets by 30 percent.

NCO PROMOTIONS: The Army will soon require noncommissioned officers to complete online training prior to promotion eligibility. Additionally, NCO schools will no longer be waived.

YEA, NO: The United States' top naval commander in Asia described military relations with China as "collegial" and rejected Cold War comparisons.

THA BOMB: The U.S. Air Force is in the early phases of a massive, fleet-wide technological upgrade of its B-52 bombers, giving the war-tested platform new electronics and an increased ability to carry weapons.

JAMES BOND INTERVIEWS RADIOHEAD: No, really.

TODAY'S LIST: 10 lost endings to blockbuster movies.

THE CAP'N CRUNCH SHOW: Yes, it exists, and Burt Reynolds was on it.

AMAZING PIXAR THEORY: It will blow your mind.

Is it better to try, and fail? Or to never try at all?

July 15, 2013 at 8:10am

Morning Report: Thunderbirds back, Talisman Saber begins, pirates, Gangnam Style anniversary and more ...

Air Force Thunderbirds are back. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin Pyle

IT BEGINS TODAY: More than 28,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and women will be taking to the sea, land and sky in northern Australia as part of Exercise Talisman Saber 2013.

YAY!: U.S. Air Force combat forces Thunderbirds to fly again after being grounded by budget cuts.

PIRATES!: Maritime Bureau reports worrying surge in attacks, kidnapping, armed robbery in Gulf of Guinea.

WEEK AHEAD: Armed Services committees tackle Syria.

NAVY: Rear Adm. John C. Scorby named commander of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

NATIONAL GUARD: Secretary of the Army John McHugh again warned that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness.

THE HISTORY OF EUROPE: A quick military rundown of what shaped Europe into what it is today.

THE NEWSROOM RECAP: From hate-watching to... liking?

BILL COSBY: He's back.

MAY THE FLAVOR BE WITH YOU: Lightsaber Pocky and other Star Wars treats.

10 BEST WORST HORROR MOVIES: As we sift through Sharknado's wreckage, a look back at some of the most amusingly awful flicks in the genre.

Happy One-Year Anniversary Gangnam Style!

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