October 29, 2010

News from the Home Front: 10/29/2010

North and South Korea Exchange Border Fire - North Korean troops fired two machine-gun bursts at a South Korean guard post across their heavily militarized border on Friday night, and soldiers from the South returned fire with three rifle shots, a Defense Ministry official said in Seoul. (READ MORE)

US official set up own Afghan spies - A SENIOR Pentagon official reportedly broke Department of Defense rules and lied to military officials when he set up a network of private contractors to spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (READ MORE)

US official feels substantial progress has been made in Afghanistan - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn has said that there has been "substantial progress" in the Afghan campaign. (READ MORE)

Defense chief confirms Afghan militia in Australia - Afghan militia fighters were secretly flown to Australia to train with its special forces in a contentious new strategy against the Taliban insurgency, Australia's defense chief confirmed Friday. (READ MORE)

Lewis-McChord pilots get injured NYT photographer from battlefield to hospital - A reserve aircrew stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week lifted a wounded New York Times photographer from Afghanistan to a military hospital in Germany, where he was treated for injuries he suffered when a land mine exploded while he was documenting an Army unit in Kandahar. (READ MORE)

In 2010 Campaign, War is Rarely Mentioned - The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have dominated American foreign policy for the past nine years, but debate about them is all but absent from this year’s midterm election campaigns. (READ MORE)

Inquiry Finds U.S. Official Set Up Spy Ring in Asia - A senior Pentagon official broke Defense Department rules and “deliberately misled” senior generals when he set up a network of private contractors to spy in Afghanistan and Pakistan beginning last year, according to the results of an internal government investigation. (READ MORE)

Army service rifles getting significant upgrades - Calling it “the biggest overhaul of service rifles in nearly 50 years,” the Army soon will send soldiers to Afghanistan with new M4A1 carbines. (READ MORE)

Marine commandant vows to make Corps lighter, more mobile - Tasked to redefine the future of the Marine Corps, Commandant Gen. James Amos has pledged to aggressively experiment with unit sizes and the Corps’ overall structure in a rebalancing effort he says will make the Marines a lighter force, ready to fight anywhere they’re called. (READ MORE)

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