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Childhood obesity means fewer recruits

Published by: Charles “Skip” Bowen and Vincent W. Patton III

We retired four and 12 years ago, respectively, after a combined 64 years of active-duty service. Since retirement, both of us enjoy the great privilege of working closely with several military service organizations that brings us in regular contact with many of the great men and women currently serving in today’s U.S. armed forces.

Although we refrain from making comparisons, we strongly believe that the “all-volunteer” post-9/11 U.S. military services have evolved into the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. We must maintain our force readiness in order for America to remain strong. However, to maintain that readiness, we are challenged as we look to our future pool of candidates for the military.

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Ukraine Rebel Commander Acknowledges Fighters Had BUK Missiles

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

A powerful rebel leader in Ukraine has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.

In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence.

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Australia Seeks to Secure Jet Crash Site in Ukraine

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Australia has sent 50 police officers to London in anticipation of deploying them to eastern Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a proposed international team.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said foreign ministers from Australia and The Netherlands will go to Kyiv to iron out the details of deploying such a team, under U.N. authority, to secure the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine.

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Gaza Violence Continues as Officials Search for Cease-Fire

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Israel's military continues to hit the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank fire, while Hamas rockets fly into Israel amid efforts to secure a cease-fire to end the fighting.

Palestinian health officials said the Israeli attacks killed at least 20 people early Thursday.  They put the total death toll at 718 people since Israel began its campaign to halt Hamas rocket fire on July 8.  Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have died.

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Iraq Militants Kill 60 in Convoy Attack

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Iraqi officials say militants have killed at least 51 prisoners and eight policemen in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad.

The attack Thursday happened as the convoy was carrying prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers from the capital.  The convoy struck roadside bombs and then militants opened fire.

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Chinese National Pleads Guilty to US Arms Smuggling

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

A Chinese national pleaded guilty in a U.S. federal court in New Mexico Wednesday on charges of trying to smuggle military sensors to China.

Bo Cai faces up to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

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‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.”

Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.

 

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