Hagel will travel to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in March that the DoD will continue to support the defense missile system.
Veteran advocacy groups and lawmakers were upset by the creation of the new medal since it would have precedence over other traditional awards, including the Purple Heart.
Hagel will be making his first trip to Israel since taking the reins at the Pentagon in late February.
Hagel said that when explosive devices are used it is a clear act of terror and vowed that an investigation will determine whether those responsible were foreign or domestic.
Hagel dismissed some lawmakers’ assertion that he received the Secretary position only to make drastic cuts to the defense budget.
The New York Times reports that the U.S. is prepared to strike down any North Korean missile that’s found to be aimed at South Korea, Guam or Japan, but will not target any missiles headed toward open water.
Hagel said that future budget reviews should take unexpected and steep budget cuts that affect the DoD into consideration.
The President and the Defense Secretary will each issue checks to the Treasury Department as a sign of solidarity with federal employees struggling with sequestration.