Politics Jan 31

Host of challenges ahead for new defense secretary

As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning.

Nation Jan 27

Obama to request hefty budget boost for the Pentagon

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

With Leon Panetta facing confirmation hearings over his secretary of defense nomination, Jeffrey Brown discusses how Panetta could handle major challenges within the massive defense budget with Gordon Adams, who supervised nation security budgets under President Clinton, and Heritage Foundation…

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