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Dear Congress - Please Pass "THE NUCLEAR SANITY ACT" Before January 20

Richard Greene | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Richard Greene

Inspired by the news about a potential looming nuclear arms race, I got on the phone and had an hour long conversation with a sitting United States Co...

Stephen Colbert Skewers Donald Trump's Defense Secretary Pick

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.06.2016 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert gave Donald Trump some alternative suggestions Monday as to who should be his secretary of defense. The president-elect has nominated ...

Pentagon pick could have deep influence on Trump

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a leading contender to be Defense Secretary in the Trump administration. (AP Pho...

An Establishment Voice: One Student's Perspective on Potential Future Defense Secretary Michele Flournoy

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 10.31.2016 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

Listening to former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy speak at the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard University provided a fascinating loo...

Former Defense Secretary Slams Trump, But Is Drowned Out By Anti-War Chants

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics

Former Secretary of Defense and director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta on Wednesday made what was so far one of the most compelling cases for w...

Open Letter to Sec of Defense Ash Carter: Please Stop G-RAP Injustice

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The lead generation program was instituted in 2005 to quickly fill the ranks during a time of multiple overseas combat obligations. And it was successful in bringing the National Guard back to its end strength.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Used Personal Email For Government Business: Report

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account for some work-related business earlier this year at the Pentagon, although he has sinc...

Defense Secretary Fires Top Advisor After Alleged Misconduct

Reuters | Braden Goyette | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter removed his senior military assistant, Lieutenant General Ron Lewis, from his posi...

Women Rangers Lead the Way

Monica Medina | Posted 08.19.2016 | Women
Monica Medina

These two women have proved what many of us have argued for years -- that if given the chance, there are women who can hold their own with the most elite warriors in our military, and that all the barriers to women achieving their full potential in the military should come down.

Senate Confirms Ashton Carter As Secretary Of Defense

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to confirm Ashton Carter as President Barack Obama's next secretary of...

Carter Can Take Gitmo Closure Across the Finish Line

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Hopefully Ashton Carter, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will make a strong commitment to closing down Guantanamo before the end of President Obama's term. His confirmation hearing will be a key indicator of how committed he is to this goal.

Ash Carter's Excruciating Dilemma

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

One of Carter's major tasks will be to oversee the continuing transition of the U.S. military after two highly costly and un-winnable wars to an uncertain environment that will test the Obama administration's last two years in office.

Why Do Russia and Iran Have More Cyber Commandos Than the U.S.?

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

With new DOD leadership, troops returning to Iraq, and an extension of the U.S. stay in Afghanistan, doing more of the same is clearly not enough; it is time to embrace fresh national security ideas.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Ashton Carter Chosen As Nominee To Succeed Chuck Hagel As Defense Secretary: Reports

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

Ashton Carter, former deputy defense secretary, will be nominated to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, CNN and the AP report. According to ...

The New Defense Secretary and Guantanamo Bay

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.

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.

Michele Flournoy Drops Out Of Race To Be Next Secretary of Defense

Foreign Policy | John Hudson & Yochi Dreazen | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

Michèle Flournoy, the most-widely rumored candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, has taken herself out of the running for...

John Boehner Calls For Shift In Military Strategy Along With Chuck Hagel Replacement

Reuters | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - John Boehner, who leads Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Monday that the selection of a repl...

Dosey Doe to War: It Never Gets Old

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

Statements such as Hagel's are not only untrustworthy, they are deceptive and misleading. They provide cover as we repeat the very military action the words ostensibly seek to avoid. This is delusion-in-action.

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

Random Notes & Fripperies -- The Prequel to the Sequel

Tom Alderman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Who's responsible for letting actor/author Chris Colfer voice his own audiobook, The Land of Stories, a Grimm Warning? Aside from garbled words, his fourth grade reading technique is a formidable obstacle to getting past the first chapter.

Chuck Hagel Thanks 'Secretary Of Defense' Tim Howard For Heroic World Cup Performance

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

From one secretary of defense to another, job well done. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel phoned U.S. keeper Tim Howard on Wednesday to thank him for ...

Tim Howard Briefly Named U.S. Secretary Of Defense On Wikipedia

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 08.07.2014 | Sports

Tim Howard’s stellar performance for the U.S. men’s soccer team Tuesday gained the goalkeeper a bit more than just recognition. For his effort...

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.