U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he’s willing to consider taking away the power of military commanders to decide on prosecuting sexual assaults within their ranks, a move some lawmakers have proposed.
Scientists and engineers working as contractors for the U.S. government and military may be the most vulnerable to across-the-board sequestration cuts, John Jumper, chief executive officer of SAIC Inc., said.
Five dozen teenagers hunched over computers in a hotel conference room near Washington, decrypting codes, cleaning malware and fending off network intrusions to score points in the finals of a national cybersecurity contest.
Democratic lawmakers and victims’ advocates said they will push to strip U.S. military commanders of the power to prosecute sexual assaults after a Pentagon survey found attacks jumped 35 percent over the past two years.
President Barack Obama vowed to “exponentially step up our game” to combat military sexual assaults after the Air Force’s top officer for sexual-assault prevention was arrested on charges of sexual battery.