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Top Senator calls for review of military equipment use by civilian police

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review a program that provides high-powered rifles and other surplus military equipment to civilian police departments across the country. The Senate's second ranking Democrat on Friday said he has long been concerned about their use of military equipment and military-style tactics by local police departments. He said the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer gives "new urgency" to a review of the Pentagon program.

Tags: Dick Durbin , Michael Brown , Ferguson , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Monday - 09/08/2014, 06:42pm EDT

Hagel meets with Ukraine counterpart

Secretary Hagel met Thursday with Ukraine Minister of Defense Colonel General Valeriy Heletey to discuss the ongoing security situation in Ukraine. The two leaders spoke on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Wales. Hagel praised the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces in their current engagements in Eastern Ukraine and pledged continued U.S. support for their efforts. Minister Heletey thanked Secretary Hagel for that support, which includes millions of dollars of non-lethal material and assistance.

Tags: Valeriy Heletey , Ukraine , NATO , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:11am EDT

DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Tags: DoD , technology , research and development , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Two-star general stripped of star and retired

A two-star Army general blamed for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other allegations against a colonel on his staff will be retired with one star the Army announced Wednesday. The Associated Press's Robert Burns writes, "The decision by Army Secretary John M. McHugh comes more than a year after Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was suspended from his duties as commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. His case has been cited as evidence of why sex-crime victims say they don't trust the military to protect them, despite efforts by senior Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to make commanders accountable."

Tags: Army , Michael T. Harrison , John McHugh , sex crimes , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 09:11am EDT

Military sales under review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked for a review of the program under which surplus military equipment is made available to local police departments. The program has come under scrutiny after scenes of heavy military equipment being used to break up protests in Ferguson were broadcast around the world.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , military equipment , Ferguson

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 01:07pm EDT

Hagel congratulates MV Cape Ray

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the crew aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray Monday to congratulate the ship's crew on finishing their unprecedented work of neutralizing the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile at sea. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they - as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal - have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , MV Cape Ray , Syria , chemical weapons

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:14am EDT

Rear Adm. Peg Klein, Defense Department

Most members of the military become steeped in ethics and professionalism from the outset. But in an organization as large as the Defense Department, bad apples will sometimes turn up. Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appointed Navy Rear Adm. Peg Klein as his senior advisor for military professionalism, looking across all of the armed services. She gives Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive an inside look at her job.

Tags: Peg Klein , ethics , DoD

Monday - 08/04/2014, 12:52am EDT
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Putting a contract out on good ideas

An unresponsive, or sclerotic contracting system is not a good fit for our fast-paced information world, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , contracting , acquisition , commentary

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 02:32pm EDT

Chemical weapons destruction underway

The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , DoD , chemical weapons , Syria , Italy , Denmark

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:41am EDT

Hagel expresses condolences

Defense Secretary Hagel called his Israeli counterpart this week to express his condolences to both the families of the Israeli teenagers who were found dead in the West Bank and to the people of Israel. The Pentagon says Hagel pledged his continued support for finding the perpetrators and urged all parties to refrain from steps that could be further destabilizing. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon thanked Secretary Hagel for his call and updated him on events unfolding in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

Tags: Israel , Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 11:54am EDT
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