US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will first participate in the US-ASEAN Defense Forum in Hawaii.
The announcement follows a string in lack of professionalism in the DoD, including high numbers of sexual assault cases and military personnel cheating on tests.
The two dozen recipients was the highest number given at once since WWII. The recipients consisted mostly of those of Jewish, Hispanic and African-American descent.
The report, released Tuesday states that there were “missed opportunities for intervention” which could have prevented the shooting incident.
Pentagon spokesperson Army Col. Steve Warren said that the U.S. is sending the jets to demonstrate its commitment to its allies “are credible and remain in force.”
The Pentagon asserts that climate change poses serious threats to many people, particularly in developing regions, who could face an increase to “resource competition” and even “terrorist activity.”
Not only do freedom of navigation operations occur with adversary countries like Iran, but also with allied countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia.
“Early last week we were well aware of the threats,” Hagel testified.
The increase of US military assistancewill be used “to help identify and respond to violations of Baltic airspace,” a defense official said Wednesday.
“The strategy articulated [in the budget] I believe is the right strategy given the reality we face,” Hagel said.