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Obama’s Pentagon Choice, Ashton Carter, Is Known as Assertive and Independent

December 5, 2014
Helene Cooper, Mark Landler, David Sanger | The New York Times
President Obama on Friday announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to lead the Pentagon, embracing a physicist and national security centrist who may advocate a stronger use of American power.
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Reports of Sexual Assaults in Military on Rise

December 4, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
A new military study says that reports of rapes and sexual assaults in the military increased 8 percent in the fiscal year ending September 2014, Obama administration officials said.
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Carter 'leading candidate' to be next Defense secretary

December 3, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is the top candidate to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and could be nominated this week, officials said Tuesday.
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FBI warns military of ISIS threat

December 2, 2014
Jim Scuitto | CNN
The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

Ferguson fallout, Chuck Hagel resigns, and Voice of the Voters

November 28, 2014
Where does the nation turn after Ferguson?
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Hagel’s Departure Bears Little Likeness to Rumsfeld’s Removal

November 26, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
With his party in a shambles after a disastrous midterm election and his administration ensnared in a messy war in the Middle East, the president stood in the East Room and showed his defense secretary the door.
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Hagel Resigns Under Pressure as Global Crises Test Pentagon

November 25, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned under pressure on Monday after President Obama determined that he had to shake up his national security team in the face of escalating conflicts overseas and hawkish Republicans reasserting themselves on Capitol Hill.
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Hagel Submits Resignation as Defense Chief Under Pressure

November 24, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
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