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Standing by to Assist Santa

  Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, recently held a press briefing where he discussed the specifics of how the Department of Defense is supporting

The Top 16 Military Stories of 2014

It was an eventful year for the U.S. military in 2014, with everything from a transition to a new Secretary of Defense, to controversies over veteran healthcare to sexual assault, to new global dynamics and regional conflicts.

Op-ed: Will the Next Defense Secretary Continue the Pentagon's Equality Expansion?

The next Defense secretary will likely have to carry the mantle of fully integrating all LGBT people into the military. Is Ash Carter game to do it? read more

Bowe Bergdahl Investigation Concludes, Pentagon Officials Briefed

The Army has concluded its lengthy investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been briefed on the matter ahead of the filing of any possible charges. Details of the...Show More Summary

'The Interview' may be the first casualty in a serious, new kind of war

Two years ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the United States faced the threat of cyberattacks from technologically sophisticated foes who could one day unleash chaos and death via the Internet.

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[Content Note: War.]In our continuing not-really-at-war-anymore-war in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved "new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces....Hagel signed orders Wednesday for the first group of U.S. Show More Summary

The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship: One Big Mistake?

James Goldrick military, United States Can it be fixed?  In one of his last major decisions in office, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to continue production of the two Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designs. The US Navy had been directed to examine alternatives to provide the final 20 hulls of the full 52-ship concept. Show More Summary

Henderson on Asking Tough Questions of Government Bureaucrats

(December 16, 2014 11:20 PM, by David Henderson) I've asked tough questions before. When Leon Panetta, my former Congressman, came to NPS as Secretary of Defense, I asked [here at the 43:40 point] whether, given his own previous statement that Al Qaeda was down to a handful of... (0 COMMENTS)

Dick Cheney's America is an ugly place

I used to like Dick Cheney. I can still remember watching him on NBC's Meet the Press back in the early 1990s, when he was serving as defense secretary under President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was talking about the collapse of the Soviet Union or making the case for expelling Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait, Cheney was impressive. Show More Summary

Will Chuck Hagel Open Door for Trans Troops on His Way Out?

There's still time for President Obama to shake the hand of the first openly transgender U.S. service member. Here's how outgoing secretary of Defense can make that a reality. read more

Technology and the Third Offset Strategy Initiative

Outgoing Defense Secretary Hagel announced the outlines of DOD’s new offset strategy initiative back on November 15 th. Since then, Sydney Freedberg at Breaking Defense has carried some of the best analysis and commentary on the initiative that I’ve come across. Show More Summary

Littoral Combat Ship Survives Upgraded, but Still a Corvette, not a Frigate

The controversial Littoral Combat Ship dodged a big torpedo today, when outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the Navy’s plan for a larger, better armed and better protected version of the ship. Critics had called for a radical redesign or an entirely new ship. Show More Summary

Infographics: The U.S. Navy’s Upgraded Small Surface Combatant vs Littoral Combat Ship

Some highly anticipated changes to the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program were finally revealed on Thursday with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel directing the Navy “to move forward with [...] The post Infographics: The U.S. Navy’s Upgraded Small Surface Combatant vs Littoral Combat Ship appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

Lockheed Martin, Austal Unscathed by LCS Changes

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal Ltd., makers of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, have emerged unscathed in the new strategy by departing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to buy 20 modified vessels. The post Lockheed Martin, Austal Unscathed by LCS Changes appeared first on gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News.

More Positive Momentum for Trans Troops

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement in May that he's willing to review the US military's policy on out transgender servicemembers, and three retired US generals speaking out in August on behalf of letting out transgender...Show More Summary

A new US Secretary of Defense: How hard could it be?

Within hours of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation, candidates to replace him were being named. Within a day, two out of the top three rumoured candidates removed themselves from contention. So the quest to...Show More Summary

Reporter’s Notebook: Hagel’s Visit to Iraq Becomes Operation Nostalgia

A reporter's trip to Iraq on Thursday with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented little reminders of an earlier era. The Wall Street Journal's Julian Barnes shares his #BacktoIraq nostalgia.

Reporter’s Notebook: Hagel’s Visit to Iraq Becomes Operation Nostalgia

The traveling Pentagon press accompanied Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for a day long trip to Iraq on Thursday, the first visit of the Pentagon Chief since December 2011, when the U.S. formally ended the Iraq war begun in 2003. Many...Show More Summary

Iraqis tell Hagel they need more U.S. airstrikes, military equipment

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Iraq’s leaders told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that local security forces want an increase in airstrikes and American-made weaponry in their fight to defeat Islamic State militants.

The Bush administration hid CIA abuses from Colin Powell for fear he 'would blow his stack'

Former President George W. Bush's White House kept its own secretaries of defense and state in the dark about the CIA's torture program, according to a damning Senate report released Tuesday. The reason? The White House was "extremely...Show More Summary

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