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In Tokyo, Dempsey Reinforces U.S.-Japan Alliance

TOKYO, March 25, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today underscored the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance as he met here with Japan's senior military and political leaders.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey thanked Japan for its strong partnership with the United States, as well as its contributions to global security and commitment in the fight against terrorism.

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U.S-, Japan Exchange Best Practices on Nuclear Emergency Response

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Washington D.C.--The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led a three day meeting with U.S. and Japan emergency preparedness and response experts to exchange ideas on enhancing nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities, both on- and off-site.  The meeting is the latest cooperative effort between the two countries as part of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation.

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NEW - Reward Updated from $1m to $5 Million for Missing Robert Levinson

News updated: 03/09/2015, because of reward update! Reward Updated from $1m to $5 Million


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$5 Million Reward Offered for Missing Retired FBI Agent.

Levinson, who retired from the FBI in 1998 after 22
years of service, was working as a private investigator when he traveled to Kish Island, Iran on March 8, 2007. He has not been seen or heard from publicly since he disappeared the following day. In 2010, a video showing him in captivity was sent to the Levinson family by his captors.

Background:

Robert A. “Bob” Levinson, is a retired FBI agent who traveled to Kish Island, Iran, as a private investigator on March 8, 2007. He has not been publicly seen or heard from since his disappearance on March 9, 2007. The FBI is responsible for investigating crimes committed against U.S. citizens abroad and has been conducting an investigation to locate Mr. Levinson since 2007.

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HIV Response Among Adolescents

Today, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and representatives from UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation along with youth movements represented by PACT and Y+ convened in Nairobi, Kenya to launch ALL IN – a platform for action to end AIDS among adolescents. At the event, PEPFAR was represented by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, who participated in a panel discussion with representatives from the Government of Kenya and international organizations committed to an AIDS-free generation.

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DARPA Seeks to Remove Communication Barrier Between Humans and Computers

Program explores ways to assemble complex ideas from elementary ones given language and context 

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate. DARPA's new Communicating with Computers (CwC) program aims to develop technology to turn computers into good communicators.

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Seeking Alternatives for Beryllium in DoD Weapon Systems

Beryllium is a military-preferred raw and additive material for high-performance aerospace applications such as targeting systems, electronics, and satellite mirrors. However, because of increasing regulatory restrictions, the U.S. Air Force is actively investigating a suitable replacement.

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Dempsey: Russia, Terrorists, Cyber Among Top Threats

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 19, 2015 – The global security environment contains a host of threats, including Russian aggression that threatens NATO allies, and the violent extremists network from western Pakistan to north Africa, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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State Department Welcomes Vets to Fellowship Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 – Veterans took the forefront as Secretary of State John F. Kerry welcomed the inaugural fellows of the Veterans Innovation Partnership today.

Speaking in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department, Kerry said the fellows will bring a unique way of looking at America’s foreign policy.

Air Force veteran Ben Shoaf, a member of the inaugural class, said the program is a chance for veterans to take what they have learned performing military service and apply it to international affairs. Shoaf, who holds a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, is working in the Office of Global Partnerships for the next year.

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President Signs Veterans Suicide-Prevention Act

President Signs Clay Hunt Act, Says 'Stigma Has to End'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 – President Barack Obama today signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act.

The act is aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care.

Hunt was a decorated Marine veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded in Anbar Province, Iraq, and witnessed the combat deaths of close friends.

Two years after his discharge and after repeated setbacks in his medical care, Hunt took his own life.

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Impacts of a Continuing Resolution on Maritime Security

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

I continue to stress the need for a clean, full-year DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration reform. The President has made plain that he will veto a bill that includes such language.

DHS is operating on a continuing resolution that expires on February 27. As I have said many times now, as long as DHS is funded by a CR, there are a whole series of activities vital to homeland security and public safety that cannot be undertaken. In prior public statements, I have highlighted some of the specific drawbacks to homeland security as long as DHS is funded by a CR. Here I highlight the impact to this Nation’s maritime security as long as DHS is on a CR:

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