Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in Indianapolis next week to speak at the American Legion national convention.

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Purdue University plans to build on its defense and security interests by creating a hub that'll focus those interactions.

University administrators Thursday announced creation of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation.

It’s designed to lure more investment from the likes of private companies such as Rolls-Royce – which builds engines for fighter planes -- to the federal government’s shadowy Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

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Senate Republicans are proposing expanding the Military Family Relief Fund to include combat veterans who served before 9-11. 

The General Assembly created Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund in 2006 to help post-9-11 combat veterans and their immediate families who are struggling financially. The fund subsidizes food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills.  And this session, Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks wants to expand it to cover all veterans who’ve seen combat – which he says will particularly help Vietnam vets.

Col. Frederic A. Drummond Jr., Chicago District commander, speaks to Sen. Joe Donnelly during a Congressional Staff tour at Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Joliet, Ill., April 22, 2014.
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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest effort on military suicide prevention aims to help servicemembers and veterans connect with mental health providers in their communities.  That follows up on Donnelly’s 2014 legislation that allowed all military members to receive annual mental health screenings.

Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest package of bills, recently signed into law, helps servicemembers find mental health providers attuned to their specific needs.  Donnelly says one way is to expand training beyond traditional mental health providers.

Army Asks Feds To Deregulate Old Testing Ground

Jul 7, 2015
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At the Jefferson Proving Ground in Southeastern Indiana, just north of Madison, about a dozen workers are taking a break from what looks like a typical road construction project.

There are pickup trucks, a large yellow excavator truck, and some pipes stacked on wood pallets, but look down, scan the ground nearby, and you’ll quickly realize one wrong step at this worksite could be fatal.

Unexploded bombs peak up from the dirt, like the tips of deadly icebergs.