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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill earlier this month. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Tuesday that he supports changes to the military justice system in cases of sexual assault.

Why it matters: This is the first time Austin has publicly commented on a proposed overhaul of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which would see independent military prosecutors replace commanders in deciding whether to try serious criminal cases in court.

  • Failure to address sexual assault has plagued the military for years, and it became a national issue after Vanessa Guillén's death in 2020.
  • An investigation found the chain of command had failed to address the sexual harassment she faced before she was killed.

What he's saying: Austin said in a statement that he will present President Biden with recommendations he said provide "us real opportunities to finally end the scourge of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military. "

  • The defense secretary noted that the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military recommended changes to "other special victims' crimes inside this independent prosecution system, to include domestic violence."
  • Austin said he also supported these changes, "given the strong correlation between these sorts of crimes and the prevalence of sexual assault."

Driving the news: Austin's announcement came hours after it emerged that the top U.S. military officers opposed a Senate bill on the matter because they said it would "undermine military leadership," per the Wall Street Journal.

Go deeper: Military sexual assaults reported in Pentagon survey jump to 20,000

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Ahead of big vote, Austin police chief appears vulnerable

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Austin city council members stayed silent ahead of their vote on whether to give interim Austin police chief Joseph Chacon the permanent title.

Driving the news: The cracks in his approval come one day after Axios reported plans by groups like the NAACP to challenge the permanent promotion of someone inside the system.

Sep 30, 2021 - Health

Suicides among active duty service members increased by 41% between 2015 and 2020

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Suicide rates among the U.S. military increased by 41.4% from 2015 to 2020, according to a Department of Defense report out Thursday.

By the numbers: Some 580 members of the military died by suicide in 2020, and the suicide rate among active duty service members increased 9.1% that year. From 2018 to 2020, it rose 15.3%.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.