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Hagel To Visit Israel, Four Other Mid-East Countries

Hagel will travel to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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Pentagon Requests $220 Million For Israel’s Iron Dome

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.

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Pentagon Cancels Drone Medal

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.

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Hagel To Visit Israel

Hagel will be making his first trip to Israel since taking the reins at the Pentagon in late February.

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Defense Secretary: Boston Bombings A Cruel Act Of Terror

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.

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Hagel Receives Resistance From Hill Over Budget Request

Hagel dismissed some lawmakers’ assertion that he received the Secretary position only to make drastic cuts to the defense budget.

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Report: U.S. Planning North Korean Counteroffensive

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.

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Hagel Focuses On Sequestration In First Policy Speech

Hagel said that future budget reviews should take unexpected and steep budget cuts that affect the DoD into consideration.

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Obama, Hagel Taking Pay Cuts

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.

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DoD: We Are Prepared To Defend South Korea

“Make no mistake, we have the assets available inside South Korea and else where to help defend from [aggressive] situations,” Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday.

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Earnest: U.S. Won’t Reveal Timing Of Syrian Airstrikes

President Obama is prepared to launch airstrikes in Syria, but not specific on when they will happen.

Syrian Rebels To Be Trained Over 8-12 Months

Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby said training will focus on “basic” military skills, focusing on organizational leadership and equipment proficiency.

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The largest-ever climate rally is planned for Sunday in New York, Sierra Ebola emerges from nationwide home confinement, and the MH370 hunt continues.

Kerry, French Counterpart Pledge Support for Baghdad at UN

Kerry said every country, including Iran, has a role to play im fighting the Islamic State.

European Human Rights Conference To Hammer Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

57 member states will participate in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting from Sept. 22 – Oct. 3, in Warsaw, Poland.