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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...

What Hagel's Resignation Says About A New U.S. War Strategy In The Middle East

David Wood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
David Wood

The abrupt change of command at the Pentagon, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigning under pressure Monday, is more than a change of faces. It marks the final disillusionment with the two war-fighting strategies the United States has relied on for 13 years in Iraq and Afghanistan: the "hearts and minds" counterinsurgency formerly defined and pursued by Gen. David Petraeus, and the costly "train and equip" effort to build self-sustaining security forces in both countries. After the sacrifices of more than 5,300 American battle dead and 52,000 wounded, it has become clear that something more -- and different -- is needed, not least a new, strategy-savvy defense secretary who will articulate a coherent new approach, sell it to the White House, Congress, and the uniformed brass across the river at the Pentagon, and oversee its implementation.

Hagel for Defense

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

As a Jew, a conservative, and strong supporter of Israel, I have made the same criticism repeatedly myself over the past 40 years and would be loathe to castigate Hagel for it. At the same time, his voting record as a senator demonstrates unwavering support for Israel.

Obama's National Security Team: Back to the Good Old Boys?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

There's a distinct downside to choosing Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense: for the first time in decades, there will be no woman serving in any of the top four national security slots.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Adviser: Afghan Insider Attacks Are Sign Of 'Taliban Desperation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Michele Flournoy, a former top Pentagon official and current foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, said Tuesday t...

Groundbreaking Pentagon Official Makes Big Move

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, the most senior female Pentagon official in history, told The Associated Press on Monday she is stepping down as ...

Jason Linkins

Guess The Gender Of The High-Ranking Pentagon Official The Washington Post Profiled In The Style Section!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Media

I'll spare you the suspense -- it's Michele Flournoy, the current Undersecretary of Defense for Policy of the United States who gets profiled in the W...

David Wood

Amid Crises And Leadership Turbulence, A 'Steady Hand' At The Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics

UPDATE 11/24/2014 - On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he was stepping down. The frontrunner to replace him, Michele Flournoy, was pro...

Courage Makes Appearance in Congress (VIDEO)

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Isn't it great when a member of the House is willing to represent the truth -- even a politically inconvenient one? At issue: When do you accept that your military strategy is not working?

White House Not Ruling Out Troops In Pakistan

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama has just laid out his new war strategy. And he's made it clear that the fight is both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So I asked Dennis M...

Five Myths About the Afghanistan Escalation

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

If we're going to win back the Afghans' support, then we need to show them that we can protect them from the Taliban -- something that will clearly take more troops -- both U.S. and Afghan.

Obama's Team Stumbling Into Afghanistan Trap

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Throwing more troops into the mess in Afghanistan is the kind of mistake that the previous administration would make. Obama needs to show that he has learned something of those mistakes.

Obama Announces Transition Leaders, Including Former Lobbyists

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President-elect Obama on Wednesday named a team heavy on experience in the Clinton administration to help guide transition efforts ...