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Confirmation combat

Military | Defense secretary nominee comes under heavy fire during Senate committee hearing
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 1/31/13, 06:00 pm

WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday led a group of senators in grilling President Barack Obama's pick to head the Defense Department during his second term.

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, faced grueling questioning during a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in the Senate Armed Services Committee. The most confrontational queries came from his former Republican colleagues, who expressed concern about Hagel's views on Iran and Israel, and his opposition to the troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

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Unwilling warriors

by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 1/29/13, 05:30 pm

Last week’s announcement that the U.S military will open up combat positions to women caused excitement in the media, with reporters crowing about female soldiers finally getting the credit and equality they deserve.

But many women in the military don't share the enthusiasm shown on their behalf. Those whom the announcement should have helped disagree with the decision and say allowing men and women to work together in the same unit will hurt, rather than help combat missions.

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Courage isn't the issue, winning is

by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/28/13, 12:24 pm

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