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Lack of educational success national security issue
Like many other senior military leaders both active and retired I am increasingly concerned about military readiness. For that reason, I have been closely following the Kentucky legislature s efforts to improve education in our state ( Education bills moving through legislature, March 10). As a retired Army major general and former commander of the Kentucky National Guard, I know that poor educational achievement is one of the leading reasons why today an astounding 73 percent of young Kentuckians are ineligible for military service. Kentucky s rich tradition of providing outstanding soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to defend this nation is in jeopardy.
Twelve percent of Kentucky students do not graduate from high school on time, and it is very difficult for non-graduates to enlist. But even with a Kentucky high school diploma in hand, 23 percent of applicants cannot score high enough on the basic military entrance exam to join the Army. Incredibly, Kentucky high schools are graduating young people who are unqualified for even the most basic military jobs, not just the high-tech ones. Thanks in particular to Sen. Mike Wilson s extraordinary leadership, Kentucky is (hopefully) about to pass Senate Bill 1, legislation that will create a new process for establishing and reviewing public school education standards. The new structure will set rigorous academic goals that our children must achieve at each grade level but without telling teachers how to teach or specifying a particular curriculum. With the new procedure in place, the challenge will be to ensure that our schools continue to require Kentucky students to meet rigorous, consistent, world-class academic standards.
Doing so will mean that they will be better prepared for success in college and careers, including military service for those who choose that path.
This is literally a national security matter and needs to be treated accordingly.
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are investigating after a private security guard shot an armed man at the same apartment complex where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in August 2014.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/2oxyxGF ) reports that the shooting happened Tuesday evening at Canfield Green apartments. Police Chief Delrish Moss says a man tried to scare a loose dog away from children when he and the dog owner got into a heated exchange. Moss says the dog owner pointed a gun at the man.
A security guard shot the dog owner when he refused to drop his weapon. Moss says the man is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Some people got into a heated exchange with an officer investigating the shooting, but no arrests were made.
The Dutch security services AIVD and MIVD broke the rules on phone tapping several times when they listened in to both journalists and lawyers without prior approval, according to the official regulator. The AIVD wrongly recorded and wrote up three phone calls involving lawyers without first clearing the taps with officials. In addition, the transcripts do not show any implications for national security, which would have legitimized the taps, the CTIVD said in its annual report. In turn, the MIVD transcribed an interview between a suspect and foreign lawyer even though there were no national security implications in their conversation.
Security service officials also tapped someone s communications for a period of six months in an effort to find out which journalist he was talking to. It is not clear if this is illegal and jurisprudence is still being developed in this field, the CTIVD said. The watchdog says journalists should be covered by the same legislation as lawyers, which means that taps need to have prior approval. Home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk and defence minister Jeanine Hennis say they have no plans to include the extra check, the Volkskrant reported. New legislation on phone and internet taps which is awaiting approval in the senate does not include such additional safeguards against abuse.