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Huge spike in reported military sexual assaults

Number of reported sexual assaults in the military rose 50 percent between 2012 and 2013. The Defense Department says it's confident the figure doesn't reflect more crimes, but that more victims are comfortable enough to come forward.

Tags: DoD , workforce , sexual assault , Jeffrey Snow , Anu Bhagwati , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/02/2014, 04:56am EDT
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Hagel seeks clarification in Russia's intent

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke Monday by phone with Russia's Minister of Defense. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues related to the situation in Ukraine, with Sec. Hagel requesting clarification of Russia's intentions in Eastern Ukraine. Sergei Shoygu reiterated his assurance that Russian forces would not invade Ukraine. Sec. Hagel emphasized how dangerous the situation remains and expressed his desire to find a responsible way forward. Regarding recent actions by Ukrainian security forces, Sec. Hagel reiterated the right of the government of Ukraine to preserve law and order within its own borders.

Tags: Russia , Ukraine , Sergei Shoygu , military invasion , DoD

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:33am EDT

US to help Ukraine

The U.S. is planning to send medical supplies, helmets and other non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's aggressive activities, which the U.S. says are designed to destabilize that country. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said at a news conference that he spoke to Ukraine's acting defense minister to tell him that President Barack Obama had approved the assistance. But, he pointed out, the aid doesn't include any weapons.

Tags: Ukraine , DoD , Barack Obama , military aid

Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:50am EDT

Influential African-American women write to Hagel

Sixteen black female members of Congress are pushing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to change Army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. The Associated Press reports the members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are "discriminatory rules targeting soldiers who are women of color." They say that references in the rules calling hairstyles worn mostly by black women "unkempt" and "matted" are offensive and show a lack of "cultural sensitivity."

Tags: DoD , Congressional Black Caucus , military , hairstyles

Friday - 04/11/2014, 02:00am EDT

Pentagon to triple cyber staff to thwart attacks

The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. By 2016, the Pentagon should have 6,000 cyber professionals.

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Saturday - 03/29/2014, 05:00am EDT

Pentagon reviews find Navy Yard shootings were preventable

Newly-released results of three parallel investigations into last September's Washington Navy Yard shootings point to serious gaps in the government's own security process. But the Navy's review finds the killings could have been prevented if the shooter's employer had disclosed troubling details about his recent behavior.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , security clearances , The Experts , HP Enterprise Services , Paul Stockton , John Richardson , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, former assistant vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force

As the combat mission in Afghanistan comes to a close, the awards process is up for review.

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Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:24am EDT
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Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Tags: DoD , congress , budget , Martin Dempsey , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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Pentagon, Senate lawmakers already at odds over 2015 budget cuts

DoD's cost savings proposals for 2015 and beyond include something for every lawmaker to hate. The process of selling the budget on Capitol Hill officially kicked off Wednesday, and the reception was not exceptionally warm.

Tags: DoD , budget , congress , pay and benefits , Martin Dempsey , Robert Hale , Senate Armed Services Committee , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:12am EST
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