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The Pentagon pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death. But it says the shutdown means there is no authority now to pay the money. Payments for deaths occurring after 11:59PM on September 30, 2013, are NOT payable during shutdown. Members of Congress expressed outrage Tuesday that families of fallen U.S. military personnel are being denied death benefits.
Three Americans and a Panamanian Air National Guardsman were killed in a plane crash in northern Colombia October 6th near the border of Panama. Two Americans survived the crash and were rescued by Colombian military forces and taken to a hospital in Bogota. The DH-8 aircraft, contracted by the U.S. government to provide detection and monitoring of drug trafficking routes in the coastal region of Central America as part of Operation Martillo, lost communications over the Western Caribbean before crashing near the city of Capurgana. There is no indication the plane was shot down.
Egyptian riot police fired volleys of tear gas and locked down Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday as clashes broke out in a rare push by Islamist supporters of the ousted president to take control of the iconic square, leaving at least four dead. Using lines of armored vehicles and barbed wire, troops sealed off the square and diverted traffic after the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted president Mohammed Morsi hails, called on its supporters to march there.
"The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger." Part of the genius of bestselling novelist Tom Clancy His intense attention to technical detail and accuracy earned him great respect inside the intelligence community and the military communities --especially when it came to submarines. He passed away at the age of 66 in a hospital near his Calvert County, Maryland home.
All military personnel will continue on normal duty status but about half of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian employees will be placed on unpaid leave. All military activity not critical to national security will be stopped during the shutdown, according to Pentagon officials. They also say military personnel, who are paid twice a month, would get their Oct. 1 paychecks but might see their Oct. 15 paychecks delayed if no funding deal is set by Oct. 7. Also, most Department of Veterans Affairs services will continue, including the operation of VA hospitals.
After Last week's high level meeting with India, the White House says India-United States defense cooperation and engagement has increased significantly over the past decade, in step with the overall deepening of India-U.S. relations. "We continue to work toward achieving the full vision of expanded defense cooperation set forth in the 2005 New Framework Agreement, " the White House said in a statement. The close U.S. relationship with India has been a point of contention for some in Pakistan --which the U.S. has also sought closer ties with. Pakistan and India have a long history of distrust.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel participated in the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Strategic Cooperation Forum Thursday in New York along with Secretary of State John Kerry. During the meeting, Hagel reiterated the United States' commitment to the region and underscored how collaborative approaches toward regional defense made the Middle East more secure and stable. He also discussed recent progress on ballistic missile defense.
For the second time, the court-martial of a U.S. Army general facing sexual assault charges has been postponed. The trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair had been scheduled to begin at Fort Bragg next Monday. It was announced Tuesday that military Judge Col. James Pohl rescheduled the trial for Jan. 7 after a request from Sinclair's defense team. Unresolved issues are being worked out according to his civilian lawyer.
The U.S. military is laying fiber-optic cable under water to connect Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba with Florida, and the Associated Press reports it "could someday extend it to the rest of Cuba,." Ronald Bechtold, chief information officer at the Pentagon, said Friday at the war crimes tribunal, the project would be finished in about two years and vastly improve communications between the naval base and the United States."
The Pentagon said Wednesday conducted the second test of the ship-based Aegis missile defense system in a week, firing two SM-3 missiles to intercept a single, complex separating target in space, the U.S. Defense Department said. According to DoD, the first SM-3 that was launched, successfully intercepted the target warhead. Raytheon said the second SM-3 was launched to test the system's ability to launch multiple missiles at one time against a threat. It was not intended to intercept the target.