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The Pentagon says it plans to establish a searchable database of military valor awards and medals. According to the Associated Press, the decision announced Tuesday by Pentagon press secretary George Little stems from a June 28 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards. The idea of establishing a database is to make it easier to check on award claims, and perhaps to deter those who would make false claims. Little said details of how the database would be established have yet to be worked out. He said the hope is to include valor awards and medals going as far back in history as possible.
President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the West's influence was waning as its economy declines but warned Russian diplomats to be on their guard against a backlash from Moscow's former Cold War enemies. Reuters reports, that Putin, in a biennial speech to Russian ambassadors, also poked at the West by condemning any unilateral actions to solve international disputes and underlined the importance of resolving such conflicts through the United Nations.
Authorities at Ft. Bragg arrested a soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade on Thursday after he shot another member of the unit, then shot and wounded himself. A third soldier also was wounded. Sources say the soldier had been accused of stealing a tool box and was facing the possibility of a court martial. Ft. Bragg has been the scene of almost a have dozen suicides, and violent domestic disputes in recent years.
31 female victims have been identified so far. A senior Air Force commander says a sex scandal that has rocked the service's training command at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas appears to be localized. Gen. Edward Rice, commander of the Air Education and Training Command, told reporters at the Pentagon that a dozen male instructors are under investigation. Nine of them are from the same unit - the 331st Training Squadron.
U.S. officials say Syria's military remains loyal despite recent high-profile defections, while the opposition remains fragmented and unable to attack as a unified force, indicating a long, protracted conflict to come. The Associated Press reports, the Syrian regime is maintaining troop loyalty by keeping paychecks coming even as food and fuel run out for the rest of the country, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters on the Syrian conflict Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide the sensitive information.
The Osama Bin Laden raid may not have been the last. The Associated Press is reporting, U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which U.S. officials say comes up every couple of months, has been consistently rejected because the White House believes the chance of successfully rooting out the deadly Haqqani network would not be worth the intense diplomatic blowback from Pakistan that inevitably would ensue.
U.S. military officials are meeting with Japanese government representatives to discuss the safety of Osprey helicopters after one of the tilt-rotor aircraft crashed last week. The Associated Press is reporting, "plans to base some of the Ospreys in the city of Iwakuni were put on hold last week, as Japanese officials said they need more assurances the aircraft is safe. Opposition has been rising to putting Ospreys in Japan ever since one crashed during a training exercise in Morocco, killing two Marines and injuring two others."
A Pentagon investigation indicates poor judgment led to the teaching of anti-Islamic material at a U.S military school. Materials in a course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., portrayed the U.S. as being at war with Islam. U.S. officials say the war being fought by America is one against terrorists. The instructor, an Army officer, was relieved of teaching duties. Disciplinary action against two other officers is being considered. The course was suspended in April.
The U.S.S. has been hit by another fire. The small fire was reported about 7 p.m. Saturday in the dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The shipyard is investigating what caused the fire. The Los Angeles Class nuclear-powered submarine was hit by a fire that caused $400 million dollars on May 23rd. It is believed that the first fire was started when a vacuum cleaner ingested a heat source that ignited debris inside the vacuum. No word on what caused the latest fire.
A tactical move to stop Russia from sending weapons to Syria played out yesterday when a ship thought to be loaded with weapons lost its insurance. The British company that insured the MV Alaed said they did it when they discovered the nature of the cargo. U.S. officials have claimed the ship is heading for Syria with attack helicopters and munitions. There are reports that Russian advisors are on the ground in Syria helping to train Syrian troops to use the weapons being sent there.