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.
May 15, 2013 — The retraining order follows word that another member of the military who is supposed to investigate sexual assaults is instead under investigation himself. It also follows a survey that estimated about 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted last year.
Mar 12, 2013 — Though an officer was convicted by a military panel, that decision was overturned. The secretary of defense says he does not have the authority to step in, and has asked for recommendations on whether the Uniform Code of Military Justice needs to be amended.
Mar 10, 2013 — The allegations come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his first visit to the nation as Pentagon Chief - and after a deadly explosion in Kabul on Saturday that the Taliban called a message to the new defense secretary.
Mar 9, 2013 — A bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry in Kabul Saturday morning as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility, calling it a message to the new Pentagon chief.