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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Rear Adm. John Kirby
The White House expressed renewed outrage Thursday over the continuing deadly violence in Ukraine but reached no decision on whether to impose sanctions.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses.
Concerned that ethical problems inside the military might run deeper than he realized, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered service leaders Wednesday to add urgency to their drive to ensure "moral character and moral courage" in a force emerging from more than a decade of war.
Top defense and military officials worked Wednesday to figure out what systemic personnel problems within the Air Force's nuclear missile corps have caused problems ranging from low morale to cheating and serious security lapses.
While Adm. Sam Locklear said it was obvious Chinese military power is growing, he suggested it remains unclear whether China will seek in the long-term to be a hard adversary to the U.S. — so Washington should be working overtime on steering Beijing toward a cooperative security posture.
Loose lips sink ships was the Navy's phrase during World War II. In the age of Twitter, the Navy is hoping loose lips saves ships.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that issues such as the economy and the Libyan consulate attack are much more important to the nation's voters than controversial comments made by Republican Senate candidates Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, noted the extra work done by the Army.
Hagel "was happy to learn that the Army widened the scope of their review and he is grateful for the work they have done to get a better grip on a very difficult issue and hold people accountable," Kirby said.