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Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security. He said in a statement, "In recent years, social media have become useful and efficient tools for the government to communicate both to its workers and the American people. Given DHS' size and makeup, social media are particularly helpful for DHS to improve its relationship with its employees and communicate with the public during both natural and man-made disasters."
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has announced that two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.
The number of sexual assaults reported to the Navy has grown by approximately 50 percent in the last year. The Associated Press reports Navy officials said Wednesday that "is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it when they do. The Navy said it is on pace to end the 2013 fiscal year later this month with about 1,100 reports of sexual assault. That's up from the 726 sexual assaults reported in the previous fiscal year."
The U.S. military has conducted its first operational test of the THAAD missile defense system and the ship-based Aegis system aimed at intercepting two medium-range ballistic missiles fired almost simultaneously. The test was conducted early Tuesday in the western Pacific. Officials say the test was important because it demonstrated the ability of the U.S. military to defend against possible regional ballistic missile threats from countries like Iran or North Korea or even accidental releases.
Tens of millions of dollars. That's what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells lawmakers a limited military strike in Syria would cost. It opens a window into how far or not the U.S. government could go in launching a strike. Tomahawk missiles are quite often the leading edge of military strikes in situations like these. Tomahawk cost more than $1 million apiece and radar-evading B-2 bombers which might another component cost approximately $60,000 an hour to operate.
So how do Asian military leaders feel about the U.S. rebalance to Asia? American Forces Press Service reports, they welcomed it. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent nine days in the region recently and visited Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines during that time. He also participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers conference in Brunei. Acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs Peter R. Lavoy.
The US military is focused on Syria right now, but there are other areas where chemical weapons are of great concern. "I've just returned from Asia, where I had a very serious and long conversation with South Korea's defense minister about the threat that North Korea's stockpile of chemical weapons presents to them," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Referring to Syria's situation, he said the US must demonstrate through its actions that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable.
What's the U.S. going to do about the use of chemical weapons in Syria? Our military objective in Syria would be to hold the Assad regime accountable, degrade its ability to carry out these kinds of attacks, and deter the regime from further use of chemical weapons," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday," the Department of Defense has developed military options to achieve these objectives, and we have positioned U.S. assets throughout the region to successfully execute this mission."
Followers of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held rallies in Baghdad and the southern Iraqi city of Basra to denounce any Western strikes against Syria. In the capital, about 2,000 Sadrists demonstrated while chanting anti-American slogans after Friday prayers. About 3,000 Sadrists rallied in Basra, some carrying banners reading "No to America."
What happens the day after a US attack on Syria for using chemical weapons. A senior US defense officials says the U.S. will still be in the same military posture and will still have the same capabilities, but that official says Syria will have a degraded capability to launch another attack and will be deterred from launching another attack.