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Largest annual Guard exercise adds big airpower at US northern border
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Largest annual Guard exercise adds big airpower at US northern border

Over the past two weeks more than 7,400 troops ran through the National Guard’s largest and longest bi-annual home defense military exercise.Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines combined ground and airpower to beat back a simulated peer threat on the nation’s northern border, specifically northern Michigan.The exercise began in 2012. But in only the past three years it has dramatically increased the number of participating units and troops. This year’s Northern Strike/Northern Agility exercise saw 7,400 participants. The 2021 version had 5,100. In 2020, there were about 1,000.This massive exercise involved participants from more than 60 units, ranging from combat arms to dental technicians to firefighters. British, Canadian and Latvian units also worked in the joint force.RELATEDWhile ...
VA’s $16 billion health records overhaul could be scrapped if fixes aren’t made
Health

VA’s $16 billion health records overhaul could be scrapped if fixes aren’t made

House lawmakers warned that they may kill off the Department of Veterans Affairs costly and complicated electronic health records modernization effort unless officials can show significant progress in coming months.Administrators “have to fundamentally improve,” said Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, during a hearing on the topic Wednesday. “If we don’t see major progress by early next year, when VA says they intend to roll [the effort] out to larger sites, we will have to seriously consider pulling the plug.“I hope the situation can somehow be turned around. But everyone involved in this needs to understand that the consequences are real, and that there are no blank checks.”The criticism from House members came amid the second tense he...