88,842Jun 28, 2011
Senior Military Commander Nominees
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for several military commanders. The commander chosen to replace General David Petraeus in Afghanistan was Lieutenant General ...
64,160Feb 12, 2013
Vote on Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense by a 14-11 margin. All 14 Democrats supported the nomination, and 11 Republicans ...
43,781Dec 8, 2009
Afghanistan Strategy Assessment
General Stanley McChrystal and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry testified about plans to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan and subsequent goals to begin reducing troop levels beginning ...
15,671Feb 2, 2010
Gays and Lesbians in the Military
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen testified on the potential repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring ...
10,967Jun 2, 2009
Military Nominations Hearing
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nominations of Admiral James G. Stavridis to be commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; ...
7,821Jan 31, 2013
Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 1
Former Senator Chuck Hagel testified on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on ...
6,049Jan 31, 2013
Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 3
Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense.*Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and votes on ...
5,872Mar 15, 2012
Fiscal Year 2013 Navy Budget Request
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials testified on the fiscal year 2013 Navy budget. Senators on the Armed Services Committee questioned plans to change the force structure of the Marines, as ...
5,024Mar 7, 2012
Violence and Political Unrest in Syria
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey testified on the violence in Syria. Several committee members pressed for military action against the forces of Syrian ...
4,319Feb 7, 2013
Benghazi Consulate Attack
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Martin Dempsey testified on the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Secretary Panetta in his ...
4,288Jan 31, 2013
Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2
Former Senator Chuck Hagel continued testimony on his nomination to be secretary of defense. Among the topics he addressed were military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, his opinions and ...
3,303Nov 10, 2011
Joint Chiefs Expansion Proposal
Defense Department officials testified on adding the National Guard bureau chief to the Joint Chiefs Staff.
3,197Mar 11, 2014
Intelligence and Military Nominations
General Paul Selva and Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers testified at a hearing on their respective nominations. General Selva was chosen to lead the U.S. Transportation Command, and Vice ...
2,936Sep 22, 2011
U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq
Witnesses testified about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in his remarks that U.S. and Afghanistan forces were searching for better ways to defend ...
2,382Feb 11, 2014
Global National Security Threats
National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant Michael Flynn testified about current and future threats to national security. Among the ...
2,314Jun 9, 2011
Secretary of Defense Confirmation Hearing
The Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for CIA Director Leon Panetta to become secretary of Defense. Among the topics he addressed were troop withdrawal and transfer of ...
2,261Feb 12, 2013
Sequestration Defense Budget Cuts
Military leaders testified on the potential effects of sequestration military budget cuts. They said the reductions would mean less training, furloughs for thousands of workers, and a total ...
2,186Nov 15, 2011
Iraq Security Issues, Defense Department Officials
Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey testified on security issues in Iraq. Questions focused on the planned withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Iraq, with several contentious exchanges ...
2,181Jun 4, 2013
Sexual Assaults in the Military, Panel 1
Military service branch chiefs and others testified on pending legislation on sexual assault in the military. Among the issues they addressed were reporting procedures for assault cases, the ...
2,047Dec 2, 2010
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
Defense Department officials testified on the Department of Defense Working Group survey of the issues associated with a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning ...
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