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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignation at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Unfortunately, it is likely that not much will be different three months from now regarding U.S. strategy to combat Islamic extremists even after a change at the top of the Pentagon.

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The D.C. policy establishment seems to be betting on a bureaucrat, rather than a politician, to replace Hagel as Secretary of Defense.

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At a meeting intended to ease the tensions between Japan and China over the East China Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe instead received a very frosty reception and found himself on the defensive while securing little of value from China.

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Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is making a bold and politically savvy move to call for snap parliamentary elections in December.

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Chances for a good nuclear deal with Iran are still slim. The US team—both the President and Congress – needs to start playing like we really want to win.

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Yet again, US extends nuclear talks with Iran and sets July as a new deadline. The extension emboldened critics in Washington who are demanding new sanctions to pressure Iran’s rulers. Some fear that these seven months will be enough for Iran to make major developments in its nuclear program.

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Hagel simply wasn’t up to the job of Secretary of Defense, either intellectually or physically.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s sudden resignation caused many speculations. Secretary of Defense is known as one of the hardest jobs so was it Hagel’s own decision to leave or did disagreements with Obama’s policies and strategies led to Hagel being pushed out?

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