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19 Jul 13. Improvised Explosive Devices (IED): Exhibition. An IED exhibition opened at the National Army Museum on 19 Jul 13. Entry to the exhibition is free and it will remain open until 31 Mar 14. The Museum is in Royal Hospital Road (Tel: 020 7730 0717) and the nearest Underground Station is Sloane Square. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 13/29, 22 Jul 13)

23 Jul 13. Reinforcing the theme of the Association of the United States Army’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition – “America’s Army: Globally Responsive, Regionally Engaged” – Army officials recently announced that the service’s leadership is currently engaged in planning and developing programs that will be presented at this year’s professional development meeting. Recognized by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, as a key element in communicating “The Army Story” to the American public, AUSA’s Contemporary Military Forums, presented by the Associations educational directorate – the Institute of Land Warfare – and supported by the Army, will again tackle a variety of topics dealing with themes generating important messages to attendees, the media and those in the virtual arena. The Army, according to a spokesman, will also offer special presentations at an “Army Forum” located in close proximity to the Army exhibit in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Army Forum will feature 45-minute discussions focusing on topics addressing subject-matter areas of prime importance to the Army and the general public. Described by the Army as “a valuable platform for communicating Army strategic themes and messages, and a unique professional development opportunity for soldiers and civilians,” the Association’s Annual Meeting will also feature military and civilian speakers to include: Secretary of the Army John H. McHugh (invited); Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, (invited); the former secretary of defense, Robert Gates (Marshall Medal recipient); and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. The AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition will take place Oct. 21 – 23 in the nation’s capital.

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