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  • DOD Personnel Chief Resigns amid Inquiry

    Clifford Stanley, the Pentagon’s top personnel official who was under investigation by the department’s inspector general following complaints of mismanagement, will resign his post within two weeks, the department announced Thursday. The DOD inspector general began an investigation this summer over allegations that Stanley was abusive to staff, neglected programs for wounded troops, and wasted funds on expensive furnishings and consultants …

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  • Umatilla Depot Completes Chemical Weapons Destruction

    Workers at Umatilla Chemical Depot incinerated the last ton container of mustard blister agent last week, completing the disposal of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at the northern Oregon facility. When the Army began incinerating the weapons stored at Umatilla in 2004, the depot held 3,717 tons of nerve and blister agent, accounting for almost 12 percent of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile …

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  • Senators Agree on Fix to Align Authorization with Spending Bill

    The Senate version of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill moved a little closer to being debated on the chamber floor after the Armed Services Committee reached a bipartisan deal last week to drop about $20 billion from the measure’s authorization level. The move was needed after August’s debt ceiling agreement capped federal spending for FY 2012 …

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  • New Five-Year Budget Will Incorporate $250B in Cuts, Panetta Says

    The five-year budget the Pentagon sends to Congress next February along with its fiscal 2013 budget request will include about $250 billion to $260 billion in cuts compared to the existing future years defense program, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Seoul Thursday. The reduction will satisfy a little more than half of the $450 billion in savings the department needs to uncover …

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