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The Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department are moving too slowly to integrate medical records into a system that would speed up treatment for veterans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.
The Obama administration is funding a joint nuclear security center in Beijing designed to stem nuclear weapons proliferation — despite recent state-run media reports showing Beijing's plans to hit U.S. cities with nuclear missiles that would kill millions of Americans during a conflict.
At the Pentagon, some civilians are more essential than others. Civilians in the public affairs office that supports Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have returned from furlough during the 2-week-old partial government shutdown. But those in Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's public affairs office remain on unpaid leave, even though they perform the same duties in the same agency.
U.S. allies expressed their disappointment Sunday over President Obama's cancellation of his trip to an Asia-Pacific summit because of the partial American government shutdown, as U.S. officials tried to reassure them of Washington's commitment to the region.
A hacker group linked to the Syrian government was "highly effective" in conducting cyberattacks against social media over the past several months, according to an FBI advisory.
Sept. 11 already was a day of remembrance, but Wednesday confirmed that the day is now known as the anniversary of two terrorist attacks, and lawmakers spent Wednesday walking a fine line between commemorating the nearly 3,000 who died in 2001 and vowing vengeance or placing blame for the four who died in Libya in 2012.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday outlined for members of Congress potential targets for a limited U.S. attack on Syria, including those "directly linked to the control of chemical weapons."
Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that members of Congress who refused to authorize retaliatory strikes against Syria would be responsible when the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad gasses its citizens or when North Korea or Iran attempts to use nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon's most likely means of attacking Syria will not degrade or deter the regime's use of chemical weapons, and could drag the U.S. more deeply into Syria's civil war, retired military officers and analysts say.