Defense Department is facing “serious budget constraints” at home, the US will
continue to commit resources, personnel, and capabilities to the Middle East
while making sure military capabilities evolve to meet new threats, said
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a speech at the Manama Dialogue security
conference in Bahrain on Dec. 7, 2013. Here, Hagel is escorted through an
honors arrival ceremony by Bahraini Lt. Gen. Muhammad al Khalifa, minister of
state for defense affairs, in Manama, Bahrain, on Dec. 5, 2013.
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