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The Pentagon's chief information officer is conducting an agency-wide review of the use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Officials are trying to balance the benefits of allowing the use of social networking on recruiting, public affairs and troop morale, against the potential security risks. Defense Secretary Gates gets a report on ‘web 2.0' at the end of this month, and department-wide policy is expected out in late September.
August 4th, 2009
President and Mrs. Obama recently drove to Fort McNair here in Southwest DC to help stuff napsacks for military children attending the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple summer camps. They packed those 15,000 bags with snacks, books, and even a baseball trading card of presidential pooch "Bo". Its is part of the President's "United We Serve" summer volunteer initiative.
Multiple deployments can be tough on military familes, but they're especially tough on the children. School work suffers, and surveys show behavioral problems increase. The Pentagon tries to help with the Military Family Live Consultant program, which makes counselors available to families. There are resources available online at the Military One Source, Military Homefront and the Military Community and Family Policy websites.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used graduation ceremonies at the National Defense University for a lesson on leadership. Speaking to graduating senior military officials, Mullen says commanders, senior enlisted service members, and junior officers all need different kinds of leadership. Mullen adds that commanders must realize the toll that wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on troops and their families. I'm Max Cacas.
There are war games...and then here's this war game. Between May 31st and June 5th, more than 180 representatives from the U.S. military and other government agencies, will be in McLean, Virginia for the revised Capstone Concept for Joint Operations. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the exercise designed to see how a joint force will respond to national security challenges in the future. I'm Max Cacas.