Episode #68: Weekly News Roundup for Jan. 7

In the “DoD This Week” podcast for Jan. 7: This week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled a new plan to reallocate funding from redundant and unnecessary projects, facilities and personnel to more critical Defense Department programs. Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released his guidance for 2011, including the need to improve our military’s health and fitness and to prioritize global risks and missions so the military can remain agile and ready in case of emergency at home or abroad. Leaders from regional commands in Afghanistan gave operational updates via satellite, highlighting the progress made in combat operations and in creating a relationship between U.S. and coalition forces and Afghan civilians. Finally, as of Jan. 1, smoking will no longer be allowed below decks on submarines; the Navy is working to create smoking cessation programs and other alternatives for smokers serving aboard subs.
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