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ROA's 2012
National Security Symposium

January 29-February 1, 2012
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DoD Policy:
A Look Back and a Look Ahead

As one of her final public addresses before leaving office, the nation's top civilian female, Undersecretary of Defense  Michèle Flournoy, will look back at the central themes and challenges during her tenure, and will look ahead to future needs and opportunities.
>Monday, January 30, 1030-1200

Important Information for All ROA Members
ROA's Executive Director, Maj.Gen. Andrew Davis briefs members on eligibility.
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Proposed Amendments to ROA's Constitution and Bylaws
Twelve amendments will be voted on by members at the National Convention, less than a month away.
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Rethinking Defense:
Odyssey at Sea
ROA has partnered with the Institue for Shipboard Education (ISE) and the University of Virginia to host a voyage from Baltimore, MD to Halifax, Nova Scotia from August 18-22, 2012.
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Deadline Nears for ESRG Nominations
Members of the National Guard and Reserves have until Jan. 16 to nominate their employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
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Defense Secretary Reveals Strategy for Military Budget
Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta outlined his approach to cut military spending last Thursday, January 5. Panetta recommended a smaller and leaner military that is more agile and flexible to meet the challenges of the changing warfare of the 21st century. In his remarks, the Defense Secretary contended that the DoD will structure and pace the reductions in a manner that will reexamine the elements in the active and reserve components, maintain a strong National Guard and Reserve, retain a healthy cadre of officers, and preserve the nation's defense industrial base. Budget specifics are due in February, with the majority expected to come from reductions in Army and Marine Corps force levels. The strategy itself and the nature of the anticipated cuts add emphasis to the importance of transferring resources to the Guard and Reserve. While prudent cost reduction is an economic necessity, maintaining force strength through robust reserve capabilities remains mission essential.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivers his review as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey looks on.


ROA Meets with Government Accountability Office
On Wednesday, January 11, Director of ROA's Service Members Law Center, CAPT Samuel F. Wright, JAGC, USN (Ret.), met with investigators for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to discuss improvements to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Among CAPT Wright's recommendations were increasing SCRA awareness with service members and improved training for military legal assistance attorneys.
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New Law Reviews from the Service Members Law Center:
No. 1205 Military Voting and Redistricting
>No. 1204 Politicking While on Active Duty? NO  


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