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  • Scalia Confirmation Hearing Day 1
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    Scalia Confirmation Hearing Day 1

    Judge Antonin Scalia responded to questions from committee members about his views regarding such topics as federal-state relationships, the Constitution, death penalty, abortion, national…

  • Homosexuals in the Military Announcement
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    Homosexuals in the Military Announcement

    President Clinton announced a lifting of the ban against homosexuals in the military that would allow homosexuals to serve in the military if they remain celibate while serving. He was accompanied on stage by the…

  • Homosexuals in the Military
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    Homosexuals in the Military

    The committee heard testimony from Department of Defense officials on the administration’s new policy concerning homosexuals in the U.S. military. The previous day, President Clinton announced the introduction of the new…

  • Homosexuals in the Military
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    Homosexuals in the Military

    Defense Secretary Aspin and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke in a news conference following a speech by President Clinton on the new policy on homosexuals in the U.S. military.…

  • Homosexuals in the Military
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    Homosexuals in the Military

    Secretary Aspin talked with reporters about military guidelines for gays and lesbians who are serving and who wish to serve in the U.S. armed forces. He focused on the process under which…

  • General Powell Retirement Ceremony
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    General Powell Retirement Ceremony

    President Clinton and Secretary Aspin spoke at a full military ceremony celebrating the long, distinguished career of retiring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Powell.…

  • Les Aspin Funeral
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    Les Aspin Funeral

    Friends, family and former colleagues gathered to pay their last respects to Les Aspen, who died after suffering a stroke. Les Aspin, 56, served in the U.S. House from 1971-93, and as…

  • International Terrorism and US Security
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    International Terrorism and U.S. Security

    Admiral Studeman and Mr. Aspin talked about U.S. intelligence gathering efforts after the Cold War. They also answered questions from the audience.

  • Balkans Issues
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    Balkans Issues

    Mr. Aspin spoke at a conference on U.S. and Greek interests in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean regions. The Balkan region in Southeastern Europe includes the former Yugoslavia,…

  • USJapan Security Issues
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    U.S.-Japan Security Issues

    Participants discussed the importance of international Secutiry. Speakers include former Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and Les Aspin, a Former U.S. secretary of Defense. The forum…

  • Retirement Review for Defense Secretary Aspin
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    Retirement Review for Defense Secretary Aspin

    This ceremony was held to review the career of Defense Secretary Aspin. The secretary was presented with the Department of the Army’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award, as well as awards…

  • Defense Structure Review
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    Defense Structure Review

    Secretary Aspin spoke on the contributions of reserve officers to national security. He also discussed the changing role of reservists in the post-cold war era. He was later presented with…

  • Defense Secretary Nomination
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    Defense Secretary Nomination

    During a ceremony at the White House, President Clinton introduced his nominee to become Secretary of Defense. Mr. Perry, currently Assistant Secretary of the department, spoke about the…

  • Defense Department News Briefing
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    Defense Department News Briefing

    Secretary Aspin and Assistant Secretary Dorn discussed guidelines outlining new rules for women in combat. The so-called “risk rule” which prohibited women from serving in many combat jobs…

  • US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Following an introduction by Defense Secretary Aspin, Vice President Gore delivered a foreign policy speech before an audience at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. His statements concerned the…

  • NATO Summit Preview
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    NATO Summit Preview

    The cabinet members briefed reporters on President Clinton’s upcoming trip to Brussels, Belgium, for the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. Topics included the president’s…

  • Defense Secretary Nomination
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    Defense Secretary Nomination

    From the White House Rose Garden today, President Clinton announced his intention to nominate Admiral Bob Inman as the next Secretary of Defense. Biographical information is included in this release. President…

  • Secretary of Defense Resignation
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    Secretary of Defense Resignation

    Les Aspin announced today that he will resign as Secretary of Defense as of January 20, 1994. “During a lifetime of public service in Congress, with our transition, and at the Pentagon, Les Aspin has made…

  • C17 Transport Planes
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    C-17 Transport Planes

    Secretary Aspin announced that the C-17 Transport Planes, being constructed by McDonnell Douglas, will be downsized due production costs and poor performance. He suggested that this compromise…

  • US Nuclear Weapons Issues
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    U.S. Nuclear Weapons Issues

    Secretary Aspin spoke about the administration’s decision to change the primary targets of U.S. nuclear weapons. The primary targets have been moved from the former Soviet Union to smaller,…

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