Chuck Hagel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second from right, along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, addresses the start of the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) talks at Admiralty House in Sydney, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Himbrechts, Pool)

US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

  SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq’s new leaders on Tuesday to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer significant additional aid […]

08/12/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hagel: US aware of Russian, Iranian roles in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. knows Russia and Iran are providing fighter aircraft to help Iraq combat Islamic extremists, but Washington is not coordinating assistance with either Russia or Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said […]

07/11/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before the House Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hagel says time was running out to save Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month’s prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the “last, best” chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only […]

06/11/2014

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to […]

06/02/2014

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son Bowe was freed from captivity Saturday, May 31, 2014, by the Taliban. Also on the stage are Idaho National Guard Public Affairs Officer Col. Tim Marsano, Idaho Army National Guard Maj. Kevin Hickey, and Army Psychologist Dr. (Col) Bradley Kamrowskipoppen. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

US defends captive swap with Taliban, critics stir

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether […]

06/01/2014

Dec. 19, 2013: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions as he briefs reporters at the Pentagon in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Army hospital chief relieved of command

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its health care system, defense […]

05/28/2014

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Pentagon to triple cyber staff to thwart attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon plans to more than triple its cybersecurity staff in the next few years to defend against Internet attacks that threaten national security, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday. Hagel’s comments […]

03/28/2014

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey follows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after a news conference at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where Hagel recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hagel says US military must shrink to face new era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking beyond America’s post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a “more volatile, […]

02/24/2014

Dec. 19, 2013: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel takes questions as he briefs reporters at the Pentagon in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Military pension cuts now unsure; changes likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s top civilian says it’s time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he’s facing a test of wills with the nation’s powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their […]

12/23/2013

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Obama orders military to review sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military a one-year deadline to better prevent and respond to a wave of sexual assault in the ranks and warned that if progress isn’t made, […]

12/20/2013

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