Dumpster Diving with the Defense Department

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Ah, the Friday document dump, where governmental bad news goes to die.

You have to love the hubris behind the federal assumption that, because it’s Friday at 5 pm in Washington, DC, all the politerati have gone home for the weekend, abandoning their listservs and laptops for—what, the beach?

For those of you who don’t already subscribe to all 20-plus Pentagon email alerts, here are three of this afternoon’s offerings:

—A 29-page report on “Sexual Assault in the Military,” conducted by the Defense Manpower Data Center, which found that “34 percent of active duty women and 6 percent of active duty men indicated experiencing sexual harassment, while 6.8 percent of women and 1.8 percent of men indicated experiencing unwanted sexual contact.” Download the PDF here.

—A video of today’s House Armed Services committee Mental Health hearing “to look into how the military is dealing with stress on the force.” Watch the hearing here.

—An announcement that “approximately 3,500 U.S. servicemembers will be deploying to Afghanistan this summer.”

Happy diving.

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