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After changing course and deciding to seek congressional approval for military action, Obama is confronted with one of his most difficult foreign policy tests and faces a Congress divided over the unavoidably tough vote-of-conscience on overseas conflict rather than the more customary partisan fights over domestic policy. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Vows Sustained Effort On Military Sex Abuse

President Barack Obama pledged Thursday to “leave no stone unturned” in the effort to put an end to sexual assault in the military, which he said undermined the armed services. He said the nation’s military leaders are “ashamed” about their failure to stop it.

05/16/2013

File photo of the Pentagon. (credit: STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Sexual Abuse Cases Put Pentagon Under Fire

One after another, the charges have tumbled out — allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage, from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office.

05/15/2013

File photo of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Outraged Senator: ‘Pentagon Has Major Problem On Its Hands’ with Sex Cases

Lawmakers say they’re outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

05/15/2013

File photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Hagel Informed Obama of Latest Sex Abuse Case

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed President Barack Obama of the latest sexual assault allegations against a soldier who was assigned to prevent such crimes and the president made clear he wants that behavior stopped.

05/14/2013

File photo of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates. (credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Is There A Morale Crisis In The US Nuclear Force?

Beyond the Air Force’s embarrassing suspension of 17 nuclear missile launch officers lie two broader questions.

05/11/2013

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see "exactly the same" threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Hagel: Israel, US See ‘Exactly Same’ Iran Threat

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action.

04/21/2013

File photo of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Praise, Levity Greet Hagel In Senate Return

Senators who nearly buried Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found reasons to praise him on Wednesday.

04/17/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with a missile armed with a nuclear warhead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hagel: North Korea, Iran Can’t Reach US With Nuclear Weapons

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says neither Iran nor North Korea is capable of attacking the United States with a missile armed with a nuclear warhead.

04/11/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended President Barack Obama's proposed cuts to the military as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets. (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel Defends Proposed Cuts In Defense Spending As ‘Imperfect’ But ‘Fair’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended President Barack Obama’s proposed cuts to the military as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets.

04/11/2013

The richest member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet is giving back some salary, too, in the spirit of government-wide spending cuts. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Elton John AIDS Foundation)

Wealthiest Cabinet Member John Kerry Follows Obama, Hagel in Salary Donation

Three Cabinet secretaries became the latest senior administration officials to give back part of their salaries, in the spirit of government spending cuts.

04/04/2013

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