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By John Ubaldi
Contributor, In Homeland Security

Last week while on vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama addressed military personal and announced that the U.S. is officially ending its combat mission in Afghanistan.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

US Navy Admiral William H. “Bill” McRaven, Commander of US Special Operations Command (USSCOM), is joining forces with the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to upgrade the American soldier to the 21st century through Project TALOS.

The TALOS Project seeks to create a type of super soldier that augments US military commandos by increasing their strength, speed, protection, camouflage, self-healing and other technology and computer assisted capabilities.

Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

In San Diego, California, a new treatment of therapy involves videoconferencing to treat Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Journalist Tony Perry of the LA Times calls this “Skype Therapy.”

Army Veteran Moreno Garcia says: “Being in your own living room for sessions, that’s comfortable.” This makes sense, given that many veterans no longer have to go to face-to-face sessions and leave what is familiar and safe.

By William Tucker
Over the last year, U.S. led troops have been conducting operations against the Taliban in Helmand Province, and yet the largest battle in that area appears to be on the Horizon. The city of Marja, located to the east of Helmand’s capital Lashkar Gah, is a Taliban stronghold and also happens to be the center of opium trafficking.

The remains of the first American lost in the Gulf War have been found in Iraq, the military said Sunday, a sorrowful resolution of a nearly two-decade old question about the fate of Navy pilot Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher.
The Pentagon said the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on Saturday positively identified the remains, buried in the desert and located after officials received new information from an Iraqi citizen about a crash.

Timothy Brown, a 20-year veteran of the United States Army, wrote an interesting article for the Global Politician about the shifting sectarian dynamics in Iraq. It’s a bit long, but a very interesting read.
The March 2003 United States invasion of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, reversed 300 years of Turkish Ottoman, Sunni based monarchial and military rule in the country.

Tysons Corner, VA – Active military personnel will receive video “thank you” messages due to a revolutionary staffing technology at Ultimate Staffing Services. Ultimate Staffing is a division of Roth Staffing Companies, LP, one of the largest privately-held staffing companies in the United States. The staffing company is inviting the local community to use the proprietary interviewing technology to create an Independence Day e-message thanking a loved one who is currently serving in the Armed Forces.

By John A. Cote MSSI, CPP
In Iraq today the real problem is not the number of troops we need to complete the job there, but rather how to implement a strategic exit plan which takes into account the many complex issues which created the Iraq crisis in the first place.