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A Pakistani policeman guards a road used by NATO trucks on Monday. The United States will use the route to begin removing military hardware from Afghanistan. Associated Press Photo

The mass withdrawal of materiel from Afghanistan began on Monday when nearly 50 containers of weapons and equipment began leaving via Pakistani supply routes, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The departure began the day after General Joseph Dunford of the United States Marine Corps assumed command of the NATO forces in the area from General John Allen of the USMC.

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Senator Chuck Hagel speaks during the Law of the Sea Convention Forum held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington DC, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

Senator Chuck Hagel speaks during the Law of the Sea Convention Forum held at the Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel, Washington DC, May 9, 2012. DoD Photo

Chuck Hagel’s move to Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday was more than a row over political and policy differences; it was another spasm in neoconservative efforts to frame American security policy in their image.

Hagel, a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, had once been considered one of the neoconservatives, at least for a while. After joining the Senate in 1997, he quickly became one of Republican Senator John McCain’s most passionate wingmen. He helped lead the Arizonan’s 2000 campaign for the party’s presidential nomination. Hagel also voted for the 2002 resolution authorizing US action against Iraq, a precursor to the March 2003 invasion.
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Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA), currently leads U.S. Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs on the most austere Department of Defense budget in memory. recent.

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He has led RDA since 2008 and has overseen some of the Navy’s most complex shipbuilding programs. These include the San Antonio class (LPD-17), the bulk purchase of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the next-generation Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier (CVN-78), among others.

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With the passage of the Fiscal Control Act (BCA) in 2011, Congress and the President put in place a series of mechanisms intended to impose consensus on a roadmap for the country’s long-term fiscal stability. But instead of compromise, bickering and discontent among the country’s political leaders has led to successive fiscal clashes and short-term fiscal fixes, the last of which expires in just weeks. The effects of the budget impasse have been particularly acute at the Department of Defense (DOD) and the threat to the nation’s armed forces grows daily.

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The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet told a morning audience at the WEST 2013 convention that the Pentagon’s decision to rebalance its focus on Asia and the Pacific is militarily strategically sound and vital to help ensuring a stable global economy.

Admiral Cecil D. Haney noted that 15 of the world’s 20 largest seaports are in Asia and the Pacific, and that $5.3 trillion of global trade passes through the South China Sea alone. “Obviously we, the United States of America, have a stake in this,” Haney said.

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Sequestration dominated the first day of WEST 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday, with Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering a sober assessment on the limits of US military might if the additional $500 billion in military cuts take effect.

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At a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the end of the 19-year-old combat exclusion policy. The removal of existing gender barriers will be implemented on a rolling schedule: Services must present their initial plans by May, and by January 2016, all areas must be open to qualified service members, regardless of either their sex. The timelines are intended to give departments time to comply, determine how to request desired waivers, and assess any resulting questions or concerns. An end to the combat exclusion policy seems disappointing but absurdly necessary.

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The Pentagon announced yesterday that it would end its official policy barring women from serving in ground combat roles, opening up approximately 230,000 positions to female military personnel. The unexpected move by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has drawn mixed reactions and many questions remain about the practical effects of the decision.

Thursday’s announcement by Panetta, who was joined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, addresses one of the last political disparities between men and women in combat, allowing women to join infantry, artillery, armor and other combat. – coded positions previously reserved only for men, including special operations components. But, while the policy change knocks down some of the last remaining walls for women in uniform, it also poses serious questions for policymakers, chief among them the status of women vis-à-vis the service system. selective.

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launches the corporal. Stephanie Robertson, a member of the Female Engagement Team (FET) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, in Marjah, Afghanistan in 2010. USMC Photo

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