Feb 27, 2014 — Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.
Feb 24, 2014 — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposes cutting the size of the Army and taking steps that trim military pay and benefit costs. "We must now adapt, innovate and make difficult decisions," he says.
Feb 1, 2014 — The secretary of state singled out Ukraine as an example of a growing trend of governments willing to "trample the ambitions" of their people.
Dec 10, 2013 — The Combined Air and Space Operations Center is a minimalist concrete bunker in the blasted desert south of Doha, the capital. U.S. officials like to pretend the outpost isn't really there, but members of the media accompanying Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on a trip to the Middle East got a close look.
Dec 7, 2013 — The U.S. and Afghanistan have been at odds over a security agreement that allows U.S. troops to remain in the country past 2014. Hagel also met with leaders of Gulf nations to assure them the U.S. is not abandoning those ties in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Nov 27, 2013 — Concerned by China's move to assert itself in an area claimed by Japan, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with his Japanese counterpart Wednesday. China's military says it monitored Tuesday's flight by U.S. bombers through an air defense zone outlined by China this week.
Nov 6, 2013 — In an interview, the Pentagon chief says adjustments need to be made soon so that spending on health care, retirement benefits and related programs don't leave the nation with "a military that's heavily compensated, but probably a force that's not capable and not ready."
Sep 3, 2013 — During a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Obama administration began making its case for a military strike on Syria.
Aug 29, 2013 — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will help direct an attack on Syria, if and when it happens. But for now he's in Brunei for the ASEAN Plus meeting, far from the drums of war. It's an opportunity to build military-to-military ties — and sell weapons. But the prospect of action in Syria is never far away.
Aug 15, 2013 — In an effort to stanch a sharp increase in cases within the ranks, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel orders stronger oversight and increased protections for victims.