EARLY BIRD GROUNDED

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The Pen­tagon re­cently ended its widely read news clip­ping ser­vice known as the Early Bird, cit­ing the avail­abil­ity of online elec­tronic news out­lets.

Army Col. Steve War­ren, di­rec­tor of Pen­tagon press op­er­a­tions, stated in a memo dis­closed by the Pen­tagon’s Amer­i­can Forces Press Ser­vice that can­cel­ing the clip­ping ser­vice af­ter 48 years was based on the avail­abil­ity of online news.

“Early in our ca­reers, there was no way to know what was be­ing writ­ten in the ma­jor news­pa­pers un­less we had phys­i­cal ac­cess to those pub­li­ca­tions. The Early Bird was our source of in­for­ma­tion,” Col. War­ren stated. “To­day, any­one can view any­thing writ­ten in real time from nearly any spot on Earth.”

Larry Di Rita, for­mer as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of de­fense for pub­lic af­fairs, said the can­cel­la­tion is long over­due.

“It turned out to be eas­ier to can­cel out­dated weapon sys­tems and close un­needed mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions than it was to fi­nally save the tax­payer some

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