Hagel's departure won't slow nuke reforms

2014-12-03 10:23
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel. (Susan Walsh, AP)

Defense secretary Chuck Hagel. (Susan Walsh, AP)

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Washington - The US air force's top official says Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation as Pentagon chief won't steal momentum from his plan, announced only 18 days ago to make top-to-bottom changes in how the nuclear Air Force is managed.

In an Associated Press interview Tuesday, air force secretary Deborah Lee James called herself "not concerned" about losing political push for the ambitious Hagel agenda.

James said she has briefed President Barack Obama on the Air Force portion of the changes announced on 14 November by Hagel, who had ordered two in-depth reviews of the problems.

James said the administration remains committed to making big changes to ensure the future security and reliability of the nuclear force, which has suffered discipline and morale problems as well as leadership lapses.

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