Episode #117: Weekly News Roundup for January 6, 2012

The Joint Chiefs of Staff have a new member: the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Air Force General Craig Mckinley became a member of the Joint Chiefs when President Barack Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act December thirty-first.

The act included other provisions specific to the National Guard including changing the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau to a three-star position and rescinding the position of Director of the Bureau’s Joint Staff.

The act provides $670 billion in spending for Defense Department programs as well as nuclear weapons programs handled by the Department of Energy.

Following threats by the Iranian government, the Department of Defense has reaffirmed its position, having naval vessels operating in the Strait of Hormuz, near Iran.

January is National Blood Donor Month, and the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) needs your help.

On Thursday, the Defense Department released a strategy plan that will allow for more than $450 billion in budget cuts over the next ten years while maintaining America’s military superiority.

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