Glen Creno
The Arizona Republic
August 9, 2009

[efoods]The arm of the U.S. government that’s responsible for knocking off threats to the country gets together in Phoenix this week to talk about topics such as natural resources and sustainability.

The Department of Defense holds a get-together every two years called Sustaining Military Readiness Conference. The Pentagon uses the sessions to try to forge partnerships with people, organizations and governments that neighbor military installations.

The idea: Military readiness depends as much on its ability to train its troops and effectively run its bases as it does on the number of troops and the amount of hardware.

The last conference was in Orlando. The latest one is in Phoenix. It kicks off today and runs through Friday at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

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