Can women fight?

A hot topic during this election year, politicians, active military personnel and veterans alike have opinions on women in combat.

How Clinton and Trump stack up as commander-in-chief

With the election coming to a close on Nov. 8, not only will the nation choose the new president, but the new commander-in-chief as well. Donald Trump has made some clear numerical statements as to what his plans will be as the leader of the armed forces, while Hillary Clinton has made some more qualitative statements. Trump has stated that he will increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active personnel from roughly 473,000. This surge of troops will restore the Army’s size to a level similar to its size back in 2008, the year directly following an armed forces “surge” in Iraq.

Planned military measures might not defeat ISIS, Michigan experts say

Capital News Service
LANSING – As the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria intensifies, some Michigan-based foreign policy and Middle East experts are expressing doubts about the effectiveness of airstrikes and the importance of international support in combating ISIS. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama said that the United States will continue a coordinated campaign of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria but that it cannot work alone and a coalition of countries offering aid and troops on the ground is essential. A new study from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a think tank in Washington, D.C., reported that the U.S. has already spent $780 to $930 million combating ISIS. Ron Stockton, a professor of political science and a research associate at the University of Michigan Center for Middle East and North African Studies, said that the most important countries to recruit for the military coalition are Turkey and Saudi Arabia because of their proximity to Iraq and Syria. In addition, Saudi
Arabia is important because it could serve as a base for military training.

Focal Point Spring 2013 [Show 3]

Construction in East Lansing could mean trouble for commuters and local businesses. Local Venezuelans react to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. And, the Government sequester may impact financial aide for incoming cadets to MSU’s ROTC program. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Vets skip dental care, unaware of possible aid

Capital News Service
LANSING – Many veterans go without dental care because they are unaware of state and federal programs that provide assistance. Lack of awareness of emergency grants among veterans can also result in delayed treatment, said Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, who is also a physician. “If you wait too long to get dental treatment, it can result in more serious health problems,” he said. The Michigan Dental Association, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund have launched a campaign to raise awareness about assistance programs that veterans may be unaware of. Thomas Kochheiser, director of public affairs at the association, said many veterans don’t access their benefits.

Most Michigan youth unqualified for military service, report says

Capital News Service
LANSING – An estimated three out of four young adults in Michigan are not qualified to serve in the military, according to a new report. Mission Readiness, a national security organization based in New York, cited minimum standards for education, physical fitness and lack of a criminal record. The group of retired military leaders advocates for investments in education. The goal is to help young Americans succeed in school, in hopes that more will grow up prepared for military service, should they choose to enlist. The report, “Michigan Youth: Ready, Willing but Unable to Serve,” presents statistics that showed a quarter of young people in the state don’t graduate from high school on time.

Proposal would let military, civilians cast electronic absentee ballots

Capital News Service
LANSING – A Detroit senator says it should be easier for military and overseas citizens to vote in November after 150 voters received absentee ballots late for the August primaries. But there’s virtually no chance the law will be changed in time for this year’s election. Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, said he was upset when 70 city and township clerks missed state and federal deadlines to provide military and overseas voters with their absentee ballots in time for the August primaries. Young’s bill would allow overseas military and voters to electronically submit their absentee ballots. He said, “If these brave young men and women are out there for us, it is about time that we stand up for them.”
The bill would also apply to Michigan non-military citizens who are out of the country on Election Day.