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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

Dunford, Carter ascend to new leadership roles in Navy Department

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Gen. Joe Dunford is the new Marine Corps commandant nominee, and Rear Adm. Walter Carter Jr. has been nominated to lead the U.S. Naval Academy.

Tags: people , management , Joe Dunford , Walter Carter , Navy , Marines Corps , U.S. Naval Academy , DoD , Congress , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 06/06/2014, 01:20pm EDT

Hagel visits Singapore

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met in Singapore late last week with that nation's defense minister, Dr. Ng Eng Hen. The two met on the sidelines of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a major annual forum for key leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security challenges and opportunities. Hagel thanked Ng for his strong support of the relationship the two militaries continue to enjoy. They also discussed a range of regional security issues, to include tensions in the South and East China seas, recent events in Thailand, defense reforms in Japan, and the need for a continued focus on dialogue, cooperation and the peaceful resolution of disputes in the region.

Tags: DoD , Singapore , Ng Eng Hen , Shangri-La Dialogue

Monday - 06/02/2014, 09:34am EDT

Afghanistan drawdown announced

President Barack Obama has announced that 9800 troops will be left behind next year when all combat troops pull out of Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a statement, "I strongly support the president's decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after our combat mission ends there later this year." Hagel said the move will do two things: "it will help ensure that al-Qaida cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan, and it will help us sustain the significant progress we have made in training and equipping the Afghan national security forces."

Tags: Afghanistan , Barack Obama , troops , withdrawal , al-Qaida , Afghan national security forces

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
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