• November 27, 2014

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

FILE – In this March 13, 2013, file photo Chair of the Senate subcommittee on Personnel, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., right, greets panel members testifying at the hearing on sexual assault in the military on Capitol Hill in Washington. American military commanders wield substantial power to discipline the troops they lead, but an epidemic of sexual assaults roiling the armed forces has Congress about to rein in that authority. The question is how much? From left are Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Harding, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, acting General Council of the Defense Department Robert Taylor, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Nanette DeRenzi, Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vaughn Ary, and Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office Maj. Gen. Gary Patton. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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