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Chuck Hagel Doesn't Care What You Think Anymore

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is, in Washington terms, a man with an expiration date. By next year, he should be replaced by Obama nominee Ashton C...

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Obama Clones Himself, Becomes His Own Secretary of Defense

Spencer Green | Posted 01.31.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following Chuck Hagel's resignation, President Obama has had himself cloned and then chosen that clone, known as Obama II, to become the United States' new Secretary of Defense.

Barack Obama and the Audacity of Failure

Sheldon Filger | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

As with so much else connected with President Obama and national security, he has acted contrary to his past words and proclaimed intentions. There is no longer hope; the despair remains.

Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars

Medea Benjamin | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget.

'Sergeant' Hagel Steps Down

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Having served my country in the enlisted ranks, I feel a special affinity towards and respect for the Secretary. Like the president, I feel that Chuck Hagel's enlisted service has been an asset to his service as Secretary of Defense.

ISIS Supporters Celebrate Hagel's Resignation On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

Just minutes after The New York Times broke the surprising news on Monday that U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would resign, supporters of the I...

Boots Are on the Ground

Terri Barnes | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Terri Barnes

When the Secretary of Defense reiterates "no boots on the ground," military families don't breathe a sigh of relief alongside the rest of America. We know too much. Whether the Pentagon calls it a combat mission or boots on the ground won't matter much to those doing the job and wearing the boots.

Fulfilling the Promise of the U.S.-India Defense Partnership

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

The past decade has witnessed a transformation in U.S.-India defense and security cooperation. The United States conducts more military exercises with India than any other country in the world.

Open Letter to: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel From MRFF Founder and President Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Air Force ought to be a level-playing-field meritocracy where its members are fairly evaluated, rated, and stratified based on their demonstrated character, integrity, and accomplishments, and not on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender, or the nature of their religious faith or their absence of religious faith.

Chinese General Slams Japan And The U.S. At Security Meeting

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

By Rachel Armstrong and Raju Gopalakrishnan SINGAPORE, June 1 (Reuters) - When Japan's defense minister greeted the deputy chief of st...

U.S. Accuses China Of 'Destabilizing' Asia Over South China Sea Claims

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

By David Brunnstrom and Lee Chyen Yee SINGAPORE, May 31 (Reuters) - The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum...

Military's Ban on Nappy Hair

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

African American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military.

Military Core Values: They Don't Exist

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.

Audacious Barack Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The president has a lot of nerve to actually run the country while the GOP harms millions of people shutting down the U.S. government. The reality is that the press is not helping by paying far too much attention to the ilk of Senator Ted Cruz.

Syria: One Crisis Too Many

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Most Americans believe that Bassar al-Assad is a bad guy and probably used chemical weapons on his people. We feel sorry for the Syrian civilians. But we also feel sorry for working-class Americans who are struggling to keep their heads above water.

Amanda Terkel

Chuck Hagel: Sequestration Damaging To Military Readiness

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sequestration will quietly chip away at the military's readiness capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel argued on Monday, urging me...

Sizing U.S. Military Forces: How Much Is Enough?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is now established in his new position. He is facing some critical personnel issues. He cannot ignore these systemic issues, but neither can he ignore his responsibility to manage the postwar drawdown of military forces.

The 'Good Order and Discipline' Auto-Block in Making Military Policy

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The insufficiency of this catch phrase as justification for opposing policy changes on issues of critical importance to our nation sound eerily familiar to those of us involved in previous efforts to change military policies.

Chuck Hagel Under Fire For Taliban Joke

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel drew criticism Thursday when a video showed him make what appeared to be a racially insensitive remark to an Indian man ...

Molly O'Toole

The Next Barrier To Fall For Women In Combat

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Women may begin to train in some of the most elite units of the U.S. military under plans announced Tuesday, in another step forward following the Pen...

Chuck Hagel To Attend Pentagon Pride Event

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will speak at an event this month honoring gay and lesbian service members, making him the first sitting defense secreta...

Creating a New Model for U.S.-China Relations at the Obama-Xi Summit

Donald Gross | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Donald Gross

Fortunately, there is one major area where Xi and Obama have already found common ground and can move the relationship forward - countering the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Amanda Terkel

Sexual Assault Prevention Workers Saved From Pentagon Furloughs

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has exempted sexual assault prevention workers from the Pentagon's mandatory furloughs this year. Hage...

Kerry and Hagel: An Interm Report

Michael Brenner | Posted 07.20.2013 | World
Michael Brenner

John Kerry and Chuck Hagel have been at the helm of American foreign and security policy for some months now. Much was expected from new faces, new approaches and -- perhaps -- some new thinking. How are they doing?