Obama: sex assaults in military harm national security
US President Barack Obama speaks following a meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on May 16, 2013 in Washington. President Barack Obama warned Thursday that a spate of sexual assaults in the military endangered US national security and vowed to do everything possible to fix the problem. Obama promised to act as he met Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest ranking US military officer Army General Martin Dempsey, and the civilian and military bosses of each branch of the US military. The president said that the US military's strength lay in trust, teamwork and discipline.