It underscored some of the thorny social issues facing the next defense secretary in a Pentagon undergoing major changes, including allowing women to serve in combat roles and allowing acknowledged gays to serve.
In a 111-page questionnaire submitted to the committee, Mr. Hagel said he supports the Law of the Sea Treaty; will see through the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military; and will support all of the Obama administration’s policies on Iraq, Afghanistan, the size and scope of the military, missile defense, and a host of other issues.
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