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Hagel: Trump ‘Using our Military’ ‘in a Very Political Way’

On Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Outfront,” former Secretary of Defense and former Senator Chuck Hagel criticized President Trump for “using our military and our troops in a very political way” by sending thousands of them to the border. Hagel said

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Mattis Pick Would Risk Confirmation Fight with Pro-Israel Groups

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s reported choice (via the Washington Post) of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense risks a fight with pro-Israel groups similar to the one that faced former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel in his confirmation fight in early 2013.

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Unprecedented: Pentagon to Award Military Drone Pilots

The contributions and meritorious service of drone pilots who have been providing direct support for years to troops in and outside the combat zone are to be officially recognized by new awards the Pentagon is expected to create as part of a broad review of the medal award process conducted by the military services, defense officials revealed Wednesday.

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22 Times Obama Admin Declared Climate Change a Greater Threat than Terrorism

ISIS has taken responsibility for the horrifying attacks in Paris that have left more than 150 dead and hundreds wounded. French President Francois Hollande is calling for the closure of his country’s borders. President Barack Obama didn’t condemn Islamic radicals for the attacks, but he did call them “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians” and “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”

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Obama’s Cancerous Leadership and the Vortex Feeding It

Obama’s legacy—absent a major shift in foreign policy—is clearly established. Taking editorial license with Winston Churchill’s famous quote lauding Royal Air Force pilots in World War II for defeating Germany’s Luftwaffe and applying it to Obama and his leadership team: “Never in the field of human conflict has so little been done for so many by so few.”

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NATO Chief Calls for US to Provide Weapons to Ukrainian Army

As the war in east Ukraine between the Kiev government and pro-Russia separatists aided by Russian soldiers worsens, reports have surfaced that the United States wants to arm the Ukrainian military. The New York Times reported that NATO’s military commander Philip M. Breedlove wants the U.S. to provide weapons and equipment to the Army.

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Military Silent Through Obama’s Jokes at Hagel Ceremony

Wednesday at the Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, in Fort Myer, VA, while President Barack Obama spoke at the farewell in honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the largely military audience was notably silent through multiple jokes by Obama,

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U.S. Stockpiling Military Vehicles in Kuwait for Anti-ISIS Offensive

Since June of this year, the United States military has been stockpiling gear from Afghanistan at a strategically-located depot in Kuwait. The gear will be sent across the border into Iraq to fight against the severely underestimated Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh,

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US Repatriates Four Guantánamo Detainees to Afghanistan

The Obama administration announced Saturday that four Afghan detainees had been transferred from the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to their home country. U.S. officials have characterized the move as a sign of good will between Kabul, the Afghan capital, and

Pentagon: Prevalence of Sexual Assaults in Military Drops

Pentagon: Prevalence of Sexual Assaults in Military Drops

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The prevalence of sexual assaults in the military decreased by about 25 percent to 19,000 in 2014, when compared to 26,000 in 2012, according to a Pentagon statement.   During the same period, victim reports increased by an estimated 66 percent to

Carter Seen as Obama’s Pick for U.S. Defense Secretary

Carter Seen as Obama’s Pick for U.S. Defense Secretary

(Reuters) – Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said. One source said Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of

Brooks, Shields Slam Obama Over Hagel

Brooks, Shields Slam Obama Over Hagel

Columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields slammed the Obama administration for their treatment of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour.”  Shields, who admitted he was a “sympathizer” of Hagel’s, said “when you’re looking for your fourth secretary

China Loves Chuck Hagel: Beijing Praises Ousted Defense Secretary

China Loves Chuck Hagel: Beijing Praises Ousted Defense Secretary

The Chinese Defense Ministry issued a statement this week thanking outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for his service and his contributions towards strengthening relations between China and the United States. The statement is particularly notable because of rumors of Hagel’s

Report: Chuck Hagel Clashed With Susan Rice Before He Was Fired

Report: Chuck Hagel Clashed With Susan Rice Before He Was Fired

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly had a disagreement with Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice before he was removed by President Obama this week. The New York Times reports Hagel had “a dispute” with Rice over Obama’s policy on

Russert: Hagel Struggled as ‘Outsider’ in Obama Admin

Russert: Hagel Struggled as ‘Outsider’ in Obama Admin

NBC News Capitol Hill reporter Luke Russert said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel struggled to penetrate the Obama administration’s inner circle as the “outsider” and that his departure as Secretary of Defense was manifestation of the “daylight” between Obama and

Obama To Chuck Hagel: ‘You’ve Always Given It To Me Straight’

Obama To Chuck Hagel: ‘You’ve Always Given It To Me Straight’

Speaking to reporters at the White House, President Obama recognized the departure of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel after less than two years in office. Although White House sources disparaged Hagel’s term at the Defense Department after the news broke,

Why Did Chuck Hagel Have to Go?

Why Did Chuck Hagel Have to Go?

President Obama professed today strong appreciation for the service of his third Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. But if he was so appreciative, why exactly is Secretary Hagel about to be former Secretary Hagel? Rumors are swirling as to whether

Obama Forces Chuck Hagel Out: ‘He Wasn’t Up To The Job’

Obama Forces Chuck Hagel Out: ‘He Wasn’t Up To The Job’

President Obama is forcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out of his administration after less than a year on the job according to multiple reports. The New York Times broke the news early Monday morning, reporting that Hagel was resigning “under

John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was ‘Very Very Frustrated’ With Obama

John McCain: Chuck Hagel Was ‘Very Very Frustrated’ With Obama

Sen. John McCain says: “I thank Chuck Hagel for his service, and I know that he was very, very frustrated.” McCain, expected to become chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee in January, was reacting to news that President Obama is