Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday ordered the military to recertify every person involved in programs designed to prevent and respond to sexual assault, an acknowledgement that assaults have escalated beyond the Pentagon's control.He said this step is one among many that will be taken to fix the problem of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within every branch of the military.At a news conference with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hagel said he believes alcohol use is "a very big factor" in many sexual assault and sexual harassment cases, but there are many pieces to the problem.Hagel said it has become clear to him since taking office in February that holding people accountable for their actions is important, but simply firing people is not a solution."Who are you going to fire?" he asked.A catalyst for congressional outrage has been the disclosure in recent days of at least two cases in which a military member with responsibility for sexual assault...
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