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  • Female SEALs get open door to combat - Full integration likely starts in 2016 Read more at

    05/04/2015 10:05:08 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 82 replies
    WND ^ | May 04, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Women who pass SEAL training will likely be able to participate in the same military missions as their male counterparts, beginning in 2016. The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command put out a report saying the physical standards currently demanded of SEAL trainees should not be lowered, but that women who meet these standards ought to be given the chance to head into combat, Fox News reported. The study will likely press Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to advance the cause for women in combat, with the effective date of January 2016, Fox said. Carter has opened up 20,000 new positions to...
  • A Few Confirmation Questions for Obama's SecDef Nominee

    12/17/2014 4:07:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Austin Bay
    Several senators returning in 2015, among them Diane Feinstein, John McCain and Joe Manchin, have already announced that they support President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Ashton Carter for secretary of defense. Sen. Feinstein welcomed "Dr. Ash Carter's nomination" and urged her colleagues to "move his nomination" expeditiously. Sen. Manchin, noting he "enjoys credibility" with Congress, added a caveat: Carter "will face hard questions ... about the military and security policies our government should pursue." "Should pursue" suggests to me that Manchin may harbor doubts regarding the wisdom of current Obama administration policies. Sen. McCain, who in January becomes chairman...
  • Obama nominates former Pentagon official Ashton Carter for defense secretary

    12/05/2014 11:41:32 AM PST · by alloysteel · 5 replies
    Fox News Network ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fox News Staff
    President Obama on Friday announced former Pentagon official Ashton Carter as his choice to lead the Defense Department, calling him one of America's top national security leaders who has a "relentless dedication to our armed services." The president's selection of Carter, 60, who was deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, was widely rumored but not confirmed by the White House until now. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would be Obama's fourth Pentagon chief in his roughly six-year administration.
  • Hagel Dismissed, But Not Missed

    11/26/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Secretary Hagel never overcame his stumbling debut. A recent poll of national security personnel gave him an abysmal 26% approval rating. And while we...
  • James R. Schlesinger, CIA chief and Cabinet member, dies

    03/27/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | Timothy R. Smith
    James R. Schlesinger, a Republican economist who advanced rapidly to some of the highest positions of government power in the 1970s but whose abrasive leadership style led to conflicts with presidents, bureaucrats and the American public, died March 27 at a hospital in Baltimore. He was 85... Mr. Schlesinger specialized in the economics of national security, which helped propel his rise during the Cold War from academia to influential jobs in the federal government, including CIA director, secretary of defense and the nations first secretary of energy...
  • Former Obama aides push back on Gates [Daley, Axerod]

    01/08/2014 8:58:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Former White House officials on Wednesday rushed to defend President Obama against scathing criticism from former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. In his new memoir, Gates wrote the president did not believe in his own strategy in Afghanistan, and that for him, it was all about getting out. Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Gates shouldnt have released his memoir while the war in Afghanistan is still being fought. Its one thing as historians look back on an administration, but in the middle of it, when youre pursuing a war at the same time, and one that...
  • Pat Robertson Raises New Questions Regarding Chuck Hagels Nomination for Secretary of Defense

    02/14/2013 4:33:34 AM PST · by kanooga · 10 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | James Bailey
    The Senate is embroiled in another dog fight this week. For the first time in American history, it appears we will have a filibuster of a Presidential nominee for Secretary of Defense. The full Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel this Friday. Democrats are claiming to have enough votes to confirm Hagel, but Republicans are planning to block the vote with a filibuster. The filibuster is being led by Republican Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma and is supported by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina along with other Republican senators. Republicans have raised serious...
  • Actions Speak Louder

    02/02/2013 2:17:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Paul Greenberg
    Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to act. Five years ago, they took out a nuclear reactor the Syrians were building without seeing any need to noise it about, realizing that action speaks louder than words -- and that much of the world, especially the Bush administration back then, would discreetly approve. This time the Israelis aren't saying anything official about what seems to have happened to a convoy of...
  • Hagel Testimony = Fail

    02/01/2013 7:40:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants. Unless there is some overriding disqualifying reason to reject him or her, the Senate should abide by the terms of Article II, Section 2 that says the President, "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Officers of the United States." The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense is an excellent case in point. I may not agree with Hagel...
  • Chuck Hagel: A Man to Watch -- Carefully

    01/15/2013 9:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    It should be interesting, the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Charles Hagel to be the next secretary of defense of the United States. . . A lot more interesting than the hearings on John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state or John Brennan's nomination as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There may have been a time when those nominations were supposed to be controversial, but compared to the choice of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, both look like cinches to sail through the confirmation process. . . Mr. Hagel's qualifications to head the Defense Department begin with...
  • Corker: Say, that Hagels got quite a temper, eh?

    01/13/2013 2:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’ve spent plenty of time covering the litany of complaints being raised against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for SecDef based on various policy positions he’s taken or past comments he’s made. But now a different and less discussed – though already well known – aspect of his past is bubbling back to the surface. During the round of Sunday morning shows, Senator Bob Corker weighed in, asking whether Hagel has the proper temperament for an upper level management position. Raising concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday the former Nebraska senator’s temperament should...
  • The Hagel Pick Telegraphs Weakness

    01/11/2013 2:48:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. President Obamas choice of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense is a dangerous choice that telegraphs weakness toward Iran. In the Senate, Mr. Hagel compiled a worrisome record toward the worlds leading sponsor of terrorism. It is Iran that backs Hezbollah in Lebanon. We havent heard much about the Cedar Revolution in that war-torn country. Thats because Hezbollah murdered the democratic leaders for reform. Iran is behind Hamas in Gaza. Hamas defeated the corrupt regime of Mahmoud Abbas in elections in Gaza that soon degenerated into civil war....
  • Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

    01/10/2013 3:58:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy. His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America. But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary...
  • The Only Reason Needed To Know Chuck Hagel Is Not Obama's Ticket To Bi-Partisanville

    01/07/2013 5:18:05 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-7-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Panettas duty to the Constitution

    06/15/2011 3:42:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/14/11 | Jamie M. Fly and William Kristol
    At his confirmation hearing Thursday, Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta faced questions from Democrats and Republicans alike about President Barack Obamas intention, hastily announced in April, to cut $400 billion from national security spending over the next 12 years. Unfortunately, Panetta seemed to have little concrete information about the presidents plans. What Panetta was willing to say, however, was that such defense cuts should not be undertaken lightly. Asked whether he agreed with outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about their potential impact, Panetta said: I share his concerns about the possibility of hollowing out our force. I think...
  • Will Colin Powell be the Next Secretary of Defense?

    10/21/2010 8:06:29 AM PDT · by hopeisnotaforeignpolicy.org · 13 replies
    An interesting post by Jason Sigger at Armchair Generalist got me thinking about who will be the next Secretary of Defense, as Secretary Gatess tenure begins to wind down. Its widely believed that he will step down sometime in early to mid-2011. Personally, I think President Obama will get some serious backlash if he selects General Powell to replace Secretary Gates. I think theres already a feeling within Democratic national security circles that he shouldnt have asked Gates to remain in the position in the first place, that he should have selected a Democrat. Sigger isnt a fan of Powell...
  • Fox News Report Death of Former Sec Def Robert McNamara

    07/06/2009 5:52:11 AM PDT · by edpc · 68 replies · 2,371+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6 July 2009 | None
    Fox News alert during Fox and Friends. No story on Fox News site, yet.
  • McCain for Secretary of Defense?

    11/17/2008 12:45:28 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 49 replies · 1,558+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 17, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Not sure what to make of this, but No Quarter has a source in Chicago that says that Obama and McCain will meet tomorrow to discuss the Secretary of Defense job. More . . .
  • Will McCain Take DoD Position

    11/05/2008 9:39:04 AM PST · by GerardKempf · 64 replies · 3,411+ views
    self | November 5, 2008 | GerardKempf
    What are people's thoughts on McCain getting offer to become Secretary of Defense? He has an election I believe in 2 years and with the polls tight in Arizona, will he jump? Personally, I think he would be a great Defense Secretary or NSA
  • "Like Rumsfeld, Only Smaller" (the greatest change agent of all time)

    11/09/2006 10:32:16 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 50 replies · 1,382+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 09 Nov 2006 | Josh Manchester
    After returning from Iraq in 2003, I found myself preparing to leave active-duty in 2004. For some reason, I encountered several interesting articles about Donald Rumsfeld and came to be pretty impressed with the guy. I don't mean his leadership style, or his decisions or anything like that. I mean personality-wise. He's got a great bio: elected to the House of Representatives at age 29, worked his way through Washington for nearly two decades before departing for the private sector. There he turned around two companies that were failing, and by all accounts, he did so with panache. My boss...
  • Free Capital News Rummy Poll (Vanity)

    09/06/2006 11:58:27 AM PDT · by Explorer24 · 58 replies · 1,285+ views
    Should Congress vote on a "no-confidence" measure on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld? Yes 73% No 27% Total Votes: 692
  • A day in the life of President Bush (6/25/06): photos & news

    06/25/2006 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 88 replies · 2,017+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush attended St. John's Episcopal Church this morning, then spent a quite day at the White House. Tonight they will attend a Gala at Ford's Theater in Washington. On Friday, President Bush issued an Executive Order to protect the property rights of Americans in transactions involving the federal government. On the breaking news thread about this FRiday, a number of people posted knee-jerk negative comments, which has become all too typical on FR over the last few years. A common complaint is that eminent domain issues are usually local, so therefore this...
  • Weinberger finished 'heroes' book before death

    03/30/2006 2:13:38 PM PST · by redstateone · 1 replies · 342+ views
    WorldNetDaily (WND) ^ | March 30, 2006 | WordlNetDaily
    Before he died Tuesday, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger completed a book honoring heroes of the war on terror that already is drawing praise. Set for a May 16 release by Forge publishing, "Home of the Brave: Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror," chronicles the stories of 19 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines and includes a defense of the Iraq War.
  • Donald Rumsfeld May Resign Next Year, Joe Lieberman Possible Replacement

    12/11/2005 1:02:08 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 79 replies · 1,260+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 8, 2005 | Thomas M. DeFrank & Kenneth R. Bazinet
    White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday. Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him, but there's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman - a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election - might become top guy at the Pentagon.
  • Defense Secretary Joe Lieberman?

    12/04/2005 11:26:02 AM PST · by wagglebee · 75 replies · 1,630+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/4/05 | NewsMax
    Will Sen. Joseph Lieberman be tapped next year to become Secretary of Defense as a reward for his support for the Iraq war? That's the prediction from former New Republic magazine editor Andrew Sullivan, who told NBC's "Chris Matthews Show" on Sunday: "Before the next congressional elections, Joe Lieberman will be asked to be Secretary of Defense to succeed Don Rumsfeld." "That's the back story behind Lieberman's amazing defense of the administration this week," Sullivan insisted. Asked if he thought the Connecticut Democrat would accept the appointment, Sullivan said: "I don't know - it depends on how things are going...
  • A few days in the life of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (7/24/05 - 7/27/05:) Many photos

    07/30/2005 8:14:35 AM PDT · by snugs · 58 replies · 1,011+ views
    www.yahoo.com www.dod.gov/ ^ | 30th July 2005 | Snugs
    US Secretary of Denfense Donald Rumsfeld recently visited Kyrgysztan, Tajikistan he referred to Takikistand as a solid partner in the terror war and then concluded his trip with a surprise visit to Iraq further photos on the Department of Defense Website. On route to Iraq he stated that Iraq needs to address border issues Iraq Needs to Talk Border Issues With Iran and Syria . Enjoy the following photos of a man who has given the majority of his adult life in service to his country, whether one is a firm Rumsfeld supporter or not he deserves credit for continuing...
  • Is Ted Kennedy the new "Baghdad Bob"?

    06/25/2005 7:01:30 PM PDT · by condi4prez.com · 72 replies · 1,727+ views
    Americans for Dr. Rice ^ | 06/24/05 | Richard Mason
    We have received a number of requests for this graphic -- it isn't very well done -- but it makes a point. But feel free to use it and distribute it however you wish. It would be funny if there weren't alot of truth to it. It was posted on our website at Americans for Dr. Rice with the following: One would think so after watching his continuing efforts to undermine the US War on Terror for his own political motives during yesterday's Senate testimony of Donald Rumsfeld, high ranking generals and DoD officials. He used the occasion as a...
  • Get Rummy

    12/21/2004 7:20:20 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 217+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Dec. 21, 2004 | Thomas Lifson
    The long knives have been unsheathed, and Donald Rumsfelds back targeted. One of the most capable, energetic, intelligent, determined and articulate public servants in the history of the American Republic is under fire for not being omniscient and infallible, and for using an Auto-Pen to sign letters of condolence to the families of those killed in action. A classic orchestrated PR offensive is underway, bearing all the signs of the customary collaboration among the Usual Suspects in the capitals media-political universe. Things were getting scary for the opponents of George W. Bush. Not only did he win a smashing electoral...
  • Official Free Republic "I Love Rummy Thread": Donald Rumsfeld Appreciation Thread, May 7, 2004

    05/07/2004 12:23:41 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 280 replies · 1,039+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Friday, May 7, 2004 | Momaw Nadon
    Thank God for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and for his distinguished service to our country in this time of war.We all want you to know that we enthusiastically support you and our troops!
  • Rumsfeld Pushes New Sense of Urgency

    10/24/2003 8:42:56 AM PDT · by Coop · 19 replies · 166+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/24/03 | Bill Gertz
    <p>The United States needs to communicate its messages more effectively and a new agency would help fight a "war of ideas" against international terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday in an interview with The Washington Times.</p> <p>Commenting on a memorandum sent to top Pentagon officials, Mr. Rumsfeld also said the Defense Department and U.S. government could be reorganized to deal more effectively with 20th-century threats.</p>
  • SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD UNDERGOES PROCEDURE AT WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER

    03/15/2002 3:21:22 PM PST · by Timesink · 41 replies · 257+ views
    Department of Defense ^ | March 15, 2002
    NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense No. 126-02 (703)697-5131(media) IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2002 (703)428-0711(public/industry)SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RUMSFELD UNDERGOES PROCEDURE AT WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTERDuring his annual physical examination at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday, March 9, a physician identified a lipoma - a benign growth - on the back of his neck.In an elective outpatient procedure today, under local anesthesia, Dr. John Casler removed the lipoma. The procedure took about an hour and a half.MRIs and physical examination indicated it is benign. It was excised completely and was sent to pathology for routine...