Senate Armed Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org en In Response To High Profile Case, McCaskill Drafting Legislation On Sexual Assault In Military http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/response-high-profile-case-mccaskill-drafting-legislation-sexual-assault-military <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As many as 19,000 service members are sexually assaulted each year. A small fraction of those cases -- around 2,500 a year --&nbsp; are actually reported, and a much smaller fraction are prosecuted.</span></p><p>The Senate Armed Services held a hearing on sexual assaults in the military, following a high profile case in which Lt. Col. James Wilkerson was convicted by a military jury of "abusive sexual contact." After the trial and conviction, a Lieutenant General dismissed the charges, without having to provide an explanation.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:33:14 +0000 Chris McDaniel 10165 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Response To High Profile Case, McCaskill Drafting Legislation On Sexual Assault In Military McCaskill, Blunt Question Departing Defense Secretary On Benghazi Attack http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-blunt-question-departing-defense-secretary-benghazi-attack <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the start, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has been critical of the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya last September that resulted in the death of an ambassador and three other Americans. And on Thursday, Blunt had the opportunity to question departing Defense Secretary Leon </span>Panetta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the attack.</span></p><p>Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in what will likely be his final appearance before Congress.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 22:28:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel 9097 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill, Blunt Question Departing Defense Secretary On Benghazi Attack Blunt Will Vote Against Hagel's Confirmation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-will-vote-against-hagels-confirmation <p><em>Updated 2/1/13 9:44 with news that Senator Blunt will be voting "No" on former Senator Hagel. Updated 2/1/13 3:03 with additions throughout.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says it was a bad day for former Senator Chuck </span>Hagel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, as he appeared before the committee that will consider his nomination to be defense secretary. Bad enough that he will be voting against Hagel's&nbsp;nomination.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:11:04 +0000 Chris McDaniel 8875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Will Vote Against Hagel's Confirmation Blunt Has 'Concerns' About Hagel's Defense Nomination http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-has-concerns-about-hagels-defense-nomination <p>As a new appointee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri will have a say in the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense.</p><p>Blunt will join Democrat Claire McCaskill on the committee that will oversee Hagel's hearing.</p><p>Hagel has solicited the ire of many conservatives for his prior statements on Israel. While he served in Congress, Hagel stated that he was a United States Senator, not “an Israeli Senator.”</p><p>Blunt and his fellow Republicans are concerned he won't be a close enough ally to Israel.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:23:07 +0000 Chris McDaniel 8279 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Has 'Concerns' About Hagel's Defense Nomination