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Defense Secretary Meets With Team That Rescued Hostage U.S. Soldier

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with more than a dozen members of the special operations team that parti...

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

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | World

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

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.

U.S. Sending Warships To Japan To Counter North Korea

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.07.2014 | World

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send t...

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.

Biden Calls Iraqi Leader For Second Time This Week

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, voicing support f...

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...

Chuck Hagel To Review Outside Contractors Following Leak

AP | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon is reviewing all private contractors as the department deals with budget cuts and the lu...

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?

Disgracing Our Military

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

It is too late to merely educate service members about the impropriety of acting in so disgusting and (ironically) cowardly a manner. The culture of abuse has become too ingrained. This is obvious when one notes the reluctance to report incidents.

Hagel: U.S. Committed To Israel's Military Superiority

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.22.2013 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Israel on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to preserving and impr...

Chuck Hagel Receives Praise From Senate

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators who nearly buried Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found reasons to praise him on Wednesday. Seven weeks after his bruising Senat...

Cut Nukes Now

William Hartung | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

The Obama administration has a lot on its plate at the moment, from North Korea to gun control to immigration to ongoing budget battles with the Congress. But despite these challenges, it can and must vigorously pursue the president's stated goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

U.S. Officials: NKorea 'Skating Close To A Dangerous Line'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line" with its heated rhetoric and provocative actions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told report...

Hagel: A Secretary of Defense Reforms?

Ben Freeman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Chuck Hagel came out swinging Wednesday in his first major address as Secretary of Defense, putting the bloated Pentagon on notice.