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US defense chief, vice chairman to brief on Pentagon budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld will brief reporters Wednesday about the Pentagon's strategic review of its budget given mounting pressure on U.S. military spending.Full story

LGBT: Two years past ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Hagel embraces ‘Pentagon Pride’

"Our nation has always benefited from the service of gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen, and Marines," Hagel said at the event. He was the first sitting defense secretary to attend the event. Full story

Surveillance programs: Privacy vs. security

  Jeremy Bash joins Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about the NSA  documents that were posted by The Guardian. Bash also talks about James Gandolfini’s portrayal of Leon Panetta in “Zero Dark Thirty” and comments on the current situation in Syria.

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  Pentagon to unveil plans integrating women into combat units

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D- Hawaii, one of the first female combat veterans to serve in Congress, weighs in on the Pentagon’s plan that will allow women to serve in elite combat units by 2015. Women currently comprise about 14 percent of America’s military.

  Military under fire amid new allegations of abuse

President Barack Obama tasked Pentagon leaders to hold weekly meetings – at the cabinet level – to attack the problem of sexual assaults in the military as a top priority, not a side issue. Monica Medina, the former special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, discusses.

  New legislation aims to fix the military sexual assault crisis

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and BriGette McCoy, a former army specialist who testified about being raped and sexually harassed, share their thoughts on new legislation being introduced to rewrite military law on sexual assaults.

  Retraining officers not enough to stop military sexual assaults

Rep. Jackie Speier joins Thomas Roberts to talk about the second case in two weeks of a sexual assault prevention officer, this time in Fort Hood, Texas, facing allegations of sexual assault.

  On Benghazi, don’t believe the GOP hype

Lehigh University’s Dr. James Peterson and Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter preview the hay Republicans hope to make over the attacks on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi last year – despite never being able to find any evidence of a coverup.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie hold a news conference in Washington
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie hold a news conference in Washington

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie hold a news conference following their meeting at the Pentagon in Washington May 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel and British Defense Secretary Hammond hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon in Washington
U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel and British Defense Secretary Hammond hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon in Washington

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, May 2, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron