Hagel wants President Obama's guidance implemented
President Obama delivered his speech at the National Defense University on Thursday. In the speech, he outlined plans to update the nation's defenses, including a plan to begin closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a detainment and interrogation facility that is used by the United States military to hold people accused of terrorism, especially from Afghanistan and Iraq. The facility was established in January of 2002 by the Bush Administration.
"I have directed the Department of Defense to work closely with our interagency partners and allies to implement the president's guidance, including the efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay," Hagel said.
Hagel said the president's plan to protect the nation against terrorist attacks was comprehensive and would work well to stop al-Qaida and its affiliates. He also said the plan would hold true to the nation's values and laws.
"I applaud President Obama's strong leadership in defending the United States of America and advancing our interests around the world," Hagel said.