Episode #120: Weekly News Roundup for January 27, 2012

In “This Week in the DoD” for Jan. 27:

President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday. He highlighted plans to invest in alternative energy, including a U.S. Navy biofuel plan. He also appealed to Congress and the American people to follow the military’s example and work together to “accomplish the mission.”

Meanwhile, halfway around the globe, a special operations team working closely with the FBI successfully rescued two hostages from Somalian criminals. The two had been abducted while working with a Danish non-profit group to defuse mines and other ordnance. None of the rescuers or hostages were injured during the operation.

Thursday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey briefed the Pentagon press corps on their budget proposal for fiscal 2013. The budget reflects changed strategy as well as implements hundreds of billions of dollars in savings required by Congress.

Earlier this week, Panetta visited sailors deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which is underway in the Atlantic Ocean. There he discussed how the Navy will work to face future threats.

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