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October 31, 2014

Posts by Joe Warminsky

10 Posts

July 30, 2014

$104.1 Billion Marked So Far for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Watchdog Says

Appropriations on the U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled $104.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The latest quarterly report from SIGAR not only totals up the dollars allocated and spent, but examines a wide range of issues for the war-torn country.

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July 29, 2014

Financial Issue Earns a Weigh-In From Hagel

A company’s $92 million settlement with the federal government’s consumer financial watchdog organization doesn’t seem like an obvious concern for the secretary of Defense. That amount of money is peanuts in the defense-budget world, and those kinds of agency actions generally wouldn’t have much impact on national security. But not this settlement, and not for Chuck Hagel.

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July 22, 2014

Catching Up With ISIS

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Sako speaks at a news conference in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Tuesday. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

The airliner-crash tragedy in Ukraine and the fighting in Gaza over the past week have nudged aside what had been the biggest foreign policy story of the summer — the rise of the Islamic State (aka ISIS aka ISIL) in Iraq. The insurgent force is still causing its share of turmoil, though.

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VA Secretary Hearing Won’t Be ‘Sexy’

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McDonald, left, meets with Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., on July 8 on Capitol Hill. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“I don’t think it’ll be particularly sexy,” says Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr of North Carolina about this afternoon’s confirmation hearing on Robert McDonald to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, according to CQ Roll Call’s Connor O’Brien.

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Treating PTSD in Military Dogs

WOAI in San Antonio has a piece on post-traumatic stress disorder in military dogs, highlighting the work of Walter Burghardt, a veterinarian and researcher at Lackland Air Force Base in the Texas city. Behavioral studies for pooches aren’t the same as for people, of course.
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By Joe Warminsky Posted at 9:34 a.m.
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July 18, 2014

Energy Xtra, CQ Roll Call’s Latest Policy Blog

Another blog joins CQ Roll Call’s Policy Pulse roster: Energy Xtra, written by Randy Leonard, a longtime reporter on energy and environment issues. The blog will touch upon numerous topics of interest to Five by Five readers, especially where the two beats intersect on the energy supply and national security, like this post on former Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen’s assessment of the role shale oil plays in U.S. energy independence.

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July 14, 2014

New Health Policy Blog: Healthopolis

CQ Roll Call has launched Healthopolis, another Policy Pulse blog to join Five by Five, Technocrat and The Container. Written by Paul Jenks, it will be a platform for health policy news “from the capital and beyond,” including at least one topic of interest to Five by Five readers: veterans’ health care.

July 1, 2014

Insert ‘War of Fog’ Joke Here

In Neal Stephenson’s nanotech-oriented novel The Diamond Age, microscopic “mite” robots are everywhere, sometimes forming clouds and waging war among themselves. That 1995 book was set in a relatively distant future; in 2014, the scale of warfare involving clouds isn’t quite so tiny.

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June 23, 2014

When the Word ‘Hero’ Gets in the Way

Army Capt. Benjamin Summers says that calling everyone in the armed services a “hero” is hardening the military-civilian gap and impeding “a more nuanced appreciation of service and to produce better policy in Washington.”

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June 17, 2014

New Transportation Blog: The Container

This week CQ Roll Call launched the third of its Policy Pulse blogs, The Container. Written by veteran politics and policy reporter Tom Curry, the blog will cover all facets of transportation, from car-sharing to ports to aviation, as well as the continuing efforts of Congress to remake the Highway Trust Fund.

Tom has already written about a House Transportation Committee roundtable in New York on public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, about a bottleneck for coal exports and about a transportation bill that’s really about bees. Check out The Container at blogs.rollcall.com/the-container/.

The Container joins Five by Five and Technocrat in the Policy Pulse ranks.

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