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WaPo: Ashton Carter to be Nominated As Next SecDef

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The Washington Post reports: President Obama will nominate Ashton B. Carter, a physicist with long experience in national security circles and at the Pentagon, as his new secretary of defense, according to a person familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Senate, Carter would succeed Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator who is being pushed aside . . .
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Video: President Obama on Resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Here is the video of President Obama’s remarks, followed by a few statements from Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel. The proceedings start at about 32:30.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Helene Cooper of the New York Times has the scoop today. There is still speculation as to why Hagel is being forced out — stay tuned for more news. Here are some key passages from the article: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority . . .
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DoD Reorganizes its Privacy Office?

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I’ve only just now had a chance to take a look at the memorandum from SecDef Hagel reorganizing DoD structures that was issued in December 2013.  He’re’s a copy.  For those following along, the big news back then was the subordination of the Office of Net Assessment to the Undersecretary for Policy. But now that . . .
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DoD Special Envoy for Gitmo Closure Named: Paul Lewis

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The Pentagon has just announced the new DoD special envoy for Guantanamo closure: Paul Lewis. Secretary Hagel Announces Appointment to Key Defense Post Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced the appointment of Paul M. Lewis to the position of Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure. This announcement reflects the Department’s commitment to implementing the President’s directive to . . .
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Chuck Hagel on the Pay Our Military Act

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Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released the following letter and memorandum over the weekend concerning the implementation of the Pay Our Military Act, which was passed in the hours before the shutdown. As the New York Times reported, 400,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense have been recalled this week. The memorandum explains that the employees are those “whose responsibilities provide . . .
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Is the “Covert Action” in Syria Actually a Covert Action?

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Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I have noted how openly the United States has been leaking information about its covert action to support moderate Syrian rebels – from its inception through the supposed recent ramp-up.  I notice via a post by Marcy Wheeler that the ostensible covert action was discussed openly and explicitly by senior Executive branch officials – the . . .
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DOD Responds–Cryptically–to CCR Hunger Strike Letter

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

See this letter from Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Lietzau, on behalf of Secretary Hagel… At bottom, it seems increasingly clear that there are two very different accounts out there about what’s happening on the ground at Guantánamo–that provided by detainee counsel, and that provided by the government.  Hopefully, Judge Hogan’s April 15 hearing in al-Madhwani will help . . .
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SecDef Names Interim Convening Authority For Military Commissions

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

So we learn from this announcement, released this afternoon by the Department of Defense: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has designated Honorable Paul L. Oostburg Sanz to serve as the convening authority for military commissions. Mr. Oostburg Sanz is currently the general counsel of the Department of the Navy and will serve as convening authority . . .
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