The outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said there are no plans to put American troops “on the ground” in Mali, a west African nation that has slowly developed into a hotspot of jihadist activity.
Citing national security concerns, Dean Popps argues that the independent Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States should block the sale of A123 Systems to Chinese-owned Wanxiang.
It will be Obama’s second formal press conference since the election, though he also took questions from reporters last month as fiscal cliff negotiations began heating up.
Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee previewed Monday what will likely be a tough confirmation process for Chuck Hagel, the President’s choice for the top spot at the Pentagon.
The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in today’s Washington Post slamming Hagel for his record on gay rights.
President Barack Obama officially named former Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan as CIA Director Monday.
“We’ve lost an American original,” said President Obama
“I do not expect our day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after January 2nd,” Panetta said in guidance sent to the DoD’s workforce.
Vickers is widely seen as a possible replacement for David Petraeus at the CIA.
The U.S. announced Friday that 400 personnel and two Patriot Missile units will be sent to Turkey in order to deflect potential threats from nearby Syria.