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U.S. to go ahead with joint military exercise in Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States still plans to hold a major military exercise called Bright Star in Egypt in mid-September, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday, even after the Egyptian military's toppling of the president and the violence that has ensued.Full story

Pentagon warns of tough trade-offs in face of looming cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlined the stark choices facing the Pentagon if it keeps cutting $100 billion in spending annually over the next decade, including shrinking the size of the military, curbing pay and benefits, and reducing weapons programs. Full story

AP Sources: Pentagon Likely To Cut Furlough Days

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, officials told The Associated Press. Full story

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  Leaders say there's 'no silver bullet' to solve sexual assault in the military

Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and President Obama have all used the same line to describe the difficulty of solving the problem of sexual assault in the military.

  Military sex abuse scandals spark reform talk in Senate

Senator Barbara Boxer talks with Rachel Maddow about yet another high profile sex abuse scandal in the U.S. military and what can be done legislatively to fix a problem at which military leaders have failed miserably and which is apparently sustained in part by military culture.

  New legislation aimed at protecting military sexual assault victims

Rep. Loretta Sanchez discusses her bill to protect those who report sexual assaults in the military. This bill comes a disturbing report shows sexual assault cases in the military increased since 2010.

  Alarming ineptitude revealed in care of US nuclear arsenal

Rachel Maddow reports on a scandal surrounding the supervision of America's nuclear weaponry stored at Minot Air Force Base that has resulted in a slew of dismissals and further investigations into the "rot" within the ranks that has created this dangerous vulnerability.

  Shocking report on sexual assault in the US military

President Obama responded forcefully to a new report from the Pentagon that estimated 26,000 people in the United States military were sexually assaulted last year. MSNBC's Alex Wagner discusses with Amy Ziering, producer of the documentary "The Invisible War" about sexual assault in the military.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies at a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on "Department Leadership." on Capitol Hill in Washington
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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies at a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing on "Department Leadership." on Capitol Hill in Washington June 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the opening ceremony of the Pentagon's permanent Korean War exhibition near Washington

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attends the opening ceremony of the Pentagon's permanent Korean War exhibition near Washington June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed