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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced new Senior Executive Service assignments.
France has agreed to sell a sophisticated new weapon to Russia. As a result Pentagon officials are worried the Mistral class warship will improve Russia's ability to threaten Georgia and other Eastern European allies. A Pentagon spokesman says U.S. allies in Eastern Europe are nervous about it. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visits officials in France, a question looms. Why did the French do that considering they are a member of NATO and Russia is not.
"You shouldn't use your power to in any way influence a discussion or evaluation of the issue," Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions warned Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chair of the Joint Chiefs Micheal Mullen during a hearing to tread lightly during the evaluation phase of DADT. Mullens responded, "For me this is not about command influence, this is about leadership." Gates said, "we can't possibly evaluate the impact on unit cohesion, on morale, on retention, on recruiting unless we encourage people to tell us exactly what they think."
"I hope they don't make any stupid mistakes." Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said at Fort Drum in New York. He said the U.S. is watching Pyongyang very closely as the North Koreans develop longer-range missiles and nuclear weapons. He said tensions throughout the international community have been heightened in recent weeks as North Korea has test-fired several missiles and a nuclear weapon. The tests have come in defiance of global efforts to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on a bill that includes a provision to delay the move of 6,400 workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was the guest Tuesday on WTOP's "Ask The Governor" program.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the possibility of a U.S.-Russian partnership on missile defense have improved because Moscow is becoming more concerned about Iran. The defense secretary told senators Tuesday that U.S. offers to put radar or data exchange centers in Russia are among the options being discussed. Russian and U.S. officials are working intensively on a successor deal to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, which expires in December. Negotiators are aiming for some results by the time Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosts President Barack Obama July 6-8 in Moscow.