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Senate Panel Advances Obama’s Pentagon Nominee Carter

Ashton Carter is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense.

February 10, 2015

Obama Names Ex-Defense Official Ashton Carter As Pick To Run Pentagon

Meet the new secretary of defense.

December 5, 2014

Report: Ashton Carter Likely Next U.S. Defense Secretary

The former deputy defense secretary has reportedly been picked to lead the Pentagon.

December 2, 2014

Obama Appears To Be Seeking A More Forceful Defense Chief

Inside the search for a new defense secretary.

November 26, 2014

Cartoon: Pentagon Salutes Chuck Hagel

Cartoon: The Pentagon bids Chuck Hagel farewell.

November 26, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel To Resign

Learn more about Chuck Hagel’s surprise resignation.

November 24, 2014

Obama Approves Sending 1,500 More Troops To Iraq

Additional troops and advisors will be sent to Iraq to fight IS militants.

November 7, 2014

Pentagon To Unveil Plan For Dealing With Climate Change

Could this be a big step forward in the fight to protect the planet?

October 13, 2014

U.S. Air Strikes To Target Jihadist ‘Safe Havens’ In Syria: Hagel

Washington (AFP) — Planned U.S. air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria will target extremist sanctuaries, command centers, and logistic networks, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Tuesday. “This plan includes targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria — including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure,” Hagel told the Senate Armed […]

September 16, 2014

Hagel In India To Boost Defense Ties, Trade

By Abhaya Srivastava New Delhi (AFP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met India’s prime minister in Delhi on Friday, seeking to boost weapons sales to a new government eager to modernize its military. India is the world’s biggest arms importer and military trade is high on the agenda for the three-day trip, which comes […]

August 8, 2014

Pakistan Says No Insurgent Groups Will Be Spared In Its North Waziristan Offensive

By Aoun Sahi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times ISLAMABAD — A six-week Pakistani army offensive has succeeded in disrupting the militant groups that have long enjoyed free rein in the rugged North Waziristan tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, Obama administration officials say. But proof of the operation’s success, they say, will be […]

July 31, 2014

Hagel Stands Up For ‘Tough Call’ To Trade Taliban Prisoners For Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the swapping of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, insisting that the exchange was the “last, best chance” to get him back and did not violate a long-standing U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Hagel, in the first […]

June 12, 2014

Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange Sparks Bipartisan Backlash In Congress

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday battled a bipartisan storm of criticism over President Barack Obama’s decision to order the exchange of Taliban leaders for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Senior lawmakers from both parties are questioning the administration’s justification for acting without first consulting members of Congress […]

June 4, 2014

Pentagon Weighs Sending Manning To Civilian Prison For Gender Treatment

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times The Pentagon is considering transferring Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking national security materials, to a civilian prison for treatment of her gender disorder, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters in Saudi Arabia, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John F. Kirby said the Defense Department is considering a request […]

May 14, 2014

Russia Accuses U.S. Of ‘Iron Curtain’ Policies In Ukraine

Moscow (AFP) – Moscow accused Washington of bringing back “Iron Curtain” policies in the showdown over Ukraine on Tuesday, as the West imposed fresh sanctions against key figures including Russia’s military chief. The Russian foreign ministry warned the sanctions were “absolutely counterproductive” and driving the crisis towards “a dead end.” The sharp language underlined the […]

April 29, 2014

Leadership ‘Accountable’ On Military Sexual Assault, Hagel Says

By Lauren Kirkwood, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Under pressure to act on the issue of sexual assault in the military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited a rape crisis organization Monday to stress the Pentagon’s commitment to ensuring that victims of sexual violence are taken seriously in the armed forces. During Hagel’s visit to the […]

April 21, 2014

Pentagon Proposes Deep Cuts For U.S. Military Bases, But Would Spare Some

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its current 520,000-strong force, reaching its smallest size since before World II, major […]

February 25, 2014

Pentagon Proposes To Shrink U.S. Army To Pre-WWII Level

Washington (AFP) – The Pentagon plans to scale back the U.S. Army to its lowest level since before World War II in a proposed budget reflecting the end of 13 years of war in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday recommended shrinking the army from 520,000 active duty troops to 440,000-450,000, saying that “after […]

February 24, 2014

Kerry Tells Senators That Obama Syria Policy Is Collapsing

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) — Two prominent Republican senators say that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told them — along with 13 other members of a bipartisan congressional delegation — that President Barack Obama’s administration is in need of a new, more assertive, Syria policy; that al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria pose a direct terrorist […]

February 3, 2014