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Libya's preparing to stand up an Army. U.S. officials in Libya have begun to look for recruits whom they plan to train to form Libya's new army, according to a former commander of Libyan rebels who toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Reuters is reporting a team of about 10 Americans from the embassy in Tripoli visited a paramilitary base in the eastern city of Benghazi 10 days ago to interview and get to know potential recruits,. A wave of anti-American violence in the Arab world in September during which the U.S. ambassador to Libya died in a militant attack, President Barack Obama took measures to improve the security of U.S. diplomatic installations in the region.
The Marine Corps birthday is coming up and Commandant General Jim Amos gave a shout out and a big thank you yesterday. He said, "you got a lot of listeners out there, some of them will have loaned their sons and daughters and husbands and wives to the Marines and to me and I take that very seriously and I want to thank them. I want to thank America for loaning us her children. I'm really proud of the men and women that wear our cloth today. The Marine Corp with be 237 years old on Saturday.
In response to the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy, the Defense Logistics Agency has supplied 253,000 gallons of gasoline and 157,000 gallons of diesel fuel to FEMA distribution centers within New York and New Jersey. Also DLA is executing the purchase of 12 million gallons of gasoline, 12 million gallons of diesel. 260 fuel trucks are on contract to support of fuel distribution. In total, more than two million meals have been delivered to FEMA facilities in West Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Another five million are in production.
Three Navy vessels are in or headed to New York City. The USS Wasp amphibious assault ship, the USS San Antonio and the USS Carter Hall, both Landing dock vessels have been deployed to provide refueling and command and control of DoD helicopter support missions in the area. Four MH-60S choppers with rescue swimmers are onboard the USS San Antonio and Four MH-53E helicopters are flying onto the USS Wasp, joining two MH-60S with rescue swimmers already aboard.
DHS is thinking about setting up a "Cyber Reserve" of computer security experts who could be called upon in the event of a crippling cyber-attack. Reuters is reporting that the idea came from a task force the agency set up to address one of the government's major vulnerabilities. DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute told Reuters they hope to have a working model for a Cyber Reserve within a year. The first members are expected to be drawn from retired government employees now working for private companies.
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order establishing the Homeland Security Partnership Council. The goal is to foster local partnerships between the Federal Government and the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, community-based organizations, and State, local, tribal, and territorial government and law enforcement. They also want to address homeland security challenges. Their mission is to promote homeland security priorities.
The WikiLeaks website has begun publishing more than 100 U.S. Defense Department files detailing military detention policies in camps in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay. In a statement, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, "It shows the excesses of the early days of war against an unknown 'enemy' and how these policies matured and evolved." Wikileaks says the documents have to do with the interrogation of detainees.
Russia's top military officer, general staff chief Nikolai Makarov, said Russia's military had learned that rebel forces "have portable missile launchers of various states, including American-made Stingers." Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said he had no knowledge of the United States supplying Stinger missiles to Syrian rebel forces, after Moscow said the rebels had acquired the U.S.-made surface-to-air missiles.
Upset veterans who work part-time for the Veterans Administration while attending college say their paychecks are sometimes weeks late, leaving them in trouble with bill collectors or having to borrow money to avoid eviction. The two-week paycheck is typically about $360, and can be vital to veterans raising families and juggling expenses. The VA says it's looking into it.
Gen. Ray Odierno says demoting a four-star general for spending misconduct could be harsh and would force the officer to $1 million in retirement pay. The Army's Chief of Staff indicated that a lower level officer would never be asked to pay such a high price. Pentagon leaders are deciding how to punish former Africa Command head Gen. William "Kip" Ward. According to an inspector general's report, Ward spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lavish travel and other expenses.