military http://kgou.org en World Views: July 11, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-july-11-2014 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine, both the real and potential impact of host nation Brazil’s loss this week in the World Cup.</p><p>Then a conversation with national security analyst&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rand.org/about/people/r/robinson_linda.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Linda Robinson</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;about her book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rand.org/pubs/commercial_books/CB535.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.&nbsp;</span>She spent two years in Afghanistan joining U.S. Special Forces on combat missions, while still knowing when to stay out of the way.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:27:59 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 33177 at http://kgou.org World Views: July 11, 2014 Beyond Hollywood, 'Call Of Duty': Why Special Forces Are The Future Of The U.S. Military http://kgou.org/post/beyond-hollywood-call-duty-why-special-forces-are-future-us-military <p>The so-called “light footprint strategy” has been a hallmark of President Obama’s military engagement strategy as he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq and winds down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. That drawdown of massive units of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilian support staff means a stronger reliance on smaller, more elite military groups.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:09:42 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Trevor Ford 33072 at http://kgou.org Beyond Hollywood, 'Call Of Duty': Why Special Forces Are The Future Of The U.S. Military Defense Budget Could Force Cuts To Tinker AWACS Reservists http://kgou.org/post/defense-budget-could-force-cuts-tinker-awacs-reservists <p></p><p>A reserve unit housed at Tinker Air Force Base that performs Airborne Warning and Control System missions would be deactivated if lawmakers pass the fiscal year 2015 defense budget.</p><p>The 513th Air Control Group partners with active duty military to provide crews and personnel during the AWACS missions. Unit commander Col. David Robinson says 345 citizen Airmen would be affected by the cuts.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 25029 at http://kgou.org Defense Budget Could Force Cuts To Tinker AWACS Reservists Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters http://kgou.org/post/pension-cut-angers-senates-staunchest-military-supporters In the two-year, $2 trillion budget deal that cleared the Senate last week, one item, worth just one-sixth of 1 percent of that total, was the reason many senators said they voted against it.<p>That item would produce some $6 billion in savings by shaving a percentage point off annual cost-of-living adjustments, and it would apply only to military pensions. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:40:53 +0000 David Welna 19734 at http://kgou.org Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://kgou.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:18:56 +0000 Quil Lawrence 18751 at http://kgou.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter What Does Dwight D. Eisenhower Have To Do With 2013 Sequestration? http://kgou.org/post/what-does-dwight-d-eisenhower-have-do-2013-sequestration <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">As Congress tries to avoid a looming set of sharp, across-the-board spending cuts that would strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies in just two weeks, a former State Department official says the Department of Defense could avoid “clumsy” automatic cuts by starting with personnel.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">“In World War II, we had fewer flag and general officers than we do now,” said retired U.S. Army Col.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wm.edu/as/government/faculty/directory/wilkerson_l.php" style="color: rgb(39, 117, 170);" target="_blank">Lawrence Wilkerson</a>. “Wow. People&nbsp;are anywhere from 50-60 percent, depending on whose records and analysis, of the DoD budget. They are so expensive.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">Wilkerson served as former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff from 2002-2005.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:48:31 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot 640 at http://kgou.org What Does Dwight D. Eisenhower Have To Do With 2013 Sequestration?