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    Department of Defense Efficiencies Initiatives

    Pentagon officials testified on Defense Department initiatives proposed by Secretary Robert Gates to more efficiently fund defense programs. One of the proposals included the…

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    Quadrennial Defense Review

    William Perry and Stephen Hadley testified on the final report of the independent panel’s assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Among the topics they addressed were…

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    Problems at Arlington National Cemetery

    Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Inspector General Lieutenant General Steven Whitcomb testified about allegations of lost and mislabeled grave sites and mishandling of remains at…

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    Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization Markup

    Committee members debated various amendments and provisions in the fiscal year 2011 Defense Authorization Bill.

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    Developments in Afghanistan

    Defense Department officials testified on security and stability of operations in Afghanistan. Topics included the counterinsurgency, efforts to eliminate the Taliban refuge in Mariah,…

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    Nuclear Weapons Policy

    The House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on U.S. nuclear weapons policy and force structure. Witnesses talked about the recent Nuclear Poster Review, new rules for the use of…

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    Effects of Deployment on Military Children

    Behavioral experts Anita Chandra, behavioral scientist, RAND Corp. and Leonard Wong, research professor, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, testified about the effects of…

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    U.S. Military Force Protection

    The House Air and Land Forces and Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittees held a joint hearing on force protection equipment programs for operations in Iraq and…

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    Gays and Lesbians in the Military

    Witnesses testified on the potential repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian service members. They focused…

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    Sexual Assault in the Military

    Witnesses testified on the report of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services. In their remarks they said that the military’s sexual assault office…

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    Review of Fort Hood Shootings

    The House Committee Armed Services Committee received testimony on the findings of the Department of Defense Independent Review Relating to Fort Hood. The co-chairmen of the review…

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    China's Military Strategy

    Defense officials testified about recent developments in China’s military capabilities and strategic position. They talked about China’s relations with its neighbors and…

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    Radicalization in Cyberspace

    Witnesses testified on the use of cyberspace by violent extremist groups as a medium for radicalization and counter-radicalization. Among the issues addressed were efforts to disrupt…

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    U.S. Troop Levels in Afghanistan

    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…

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    Afghanistan and Pakistan Troop Levels and Strategy

    The House Armed Services Committee heard testimony on the results of a strategic review of Afghanistan.

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    Military Redeployment From Iraq

    Witnesses testified on the progress of the U.S. military draw-down in Iraq. Topics included the relationship between U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, domestic problems arising…

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    U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

    Witnesses testified about U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, focusing on counterinsurgency, regional stability issues, and training of Afghan forces.

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    U.S. Efforts in Iraq

    General Odienero testified about U.S. operations in Iraq. He said that Congress should not lose sight of the gains in Iraq, even while turning its focus toward Afghanistan. He…

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    Psychological Stress in the Military

    A hearing was held on actions taken by military leaders to address psychological stress in the military. Topics included suicide prevention, reduction of stigma, and the role of…

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    Military Commissions and Detainee Policy

    Obama administration officials urged Congress to move forward with proposed changes to the military commissions system, which the president has said he wants to continue to use to put…

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