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Barack Obama’s Historic Transformation of the American Military
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Barack Obama’s Historic Transformation of the American Military

Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman discuss the importance of the recent announcement that the Pentagon will allow women to serve in combat.

This past week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon will drop its ban on women serving in combat. With this historic announcement, coming just a year and a half after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Obama administration has once again sent a clear message that the United States is committed to fielding a military that reflects the fundamental American values of fairness and equal opportunity.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow

Alex Rothman

Policy Analyst

Max Hoffman

Former Senior Director