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Hagel Phones Ukraine Defense Minister, Pledges Support

This is the first conversation between the defense leaders since Colonel-General Mykhaylo Koval took office March 25th.

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Hagel Meets With Chinese President, Spars With Defense Minister

While Beijing continues to escalate territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to try to convince China that they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over the disputed islands.

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U.S. Warship Headed To Black Sea Following Increased Tensions In Ukraine

Pro-Russian protesters have occupied Ukrainian government buildings in three major cities, declaring the Eastern region a “people’s republic” and calling for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11.

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Pentagon Defends Military Aid Package To Ukraine

“Russia’s unlawful actions in Ukraine have dire implications for international and regional security and are a paradigm shift
for our relations with Moscow,” said Pentagon official Derek Chollet.

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Pentagon T-shirt Designs Raise Sexual Assault Awareness

The Department of Defense observes the crime of sexual assault in the military each April.

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Afghan Prison Falling Apart, IG Warns Kerry

A facility built in 2010 at a cost of $11 million has already seen one building demolished along with two other buildings under serious threat of being destroyed.

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Hagel Releases Video Message In Observance Of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Each April the Department of Defense recognizes sexual abuse in the military

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Hagel To Attend Meetings With Asia-Pacific Defense Leaders

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will first participate in the US-ASEAN Defense Forum in Hawaii.

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Hagel Announces Senior Adviser For Military Professionalism

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.

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Hagel Recognizes Medal Of Honor Recipients

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.

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Sec. Carter Announces Flexible Hybrid Electronic Initiative

Flexible hybrid electronics are not a new development, but the initative will “focus on bringing these technologies down the cost curve.”

The World in 2:00 – August 28, 2015

The World in 2:00

Facing December elections and a collapsing economy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has closed the border with Colombia and ordered thousands deported.

WH: Gun Laws Wouldn’t Have Stopped Virginia Shooter, But Could Save Others

“There are similarly shocking acts of violence that don’t get this attention that could be prevented if Congress, or at least if so many members of Congress, frankly, weren’t scared of the NRA,” Earnest said.

White House On Iran Deal: We’ve Got The Momentum

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

Earlier Friday, the White House received its 30th vote in its ongoing efforts to preserve the Iran nuclear agreement.

Virginia Teen Sentenced To 11 Years For Assisting Islamic State

Ali Shukri Amin confessed to running the @Amreekiwitness Twitter account, which educated people on how to use bitcoin to covertly fund IS.

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling Against NSA

NSA

Back in 2013, a lower court’s decision ordered the NSA to stop the bulk collection of phone records, but the order was delayed while the government weighed its next move.