Department of Defense
May 22, 2014 — GOP leadership decided against keeping an immigration-related provision in the defense authorization bill. But it kept one banning the Defense Department from participating in climate change research.
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.
Oct 7, 2013 — Hundreds of thousands of civilian employees with the Defense Department go back to work Monday, but many government operations remain suspended.
Sep 23, 2013 — The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a rich military contract to Lockheed Martin, agreeing to pay more than $3.9 billion for a missile-defense system. The deal calls for a maximum of 110 high-altitude interceptor missiles and 192 versions of the missiles for export to the United Arab Emirates.
Aug 14, 2013 — The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
Mar 1, 2013 — The U.S. Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced the day before the federal budget was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.
Feb 27, 2013 — After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has taken over the top job at the Pentagon.
Feb 12, 2013 — The nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary has been the most contested of President Obama's picks so far.
Jan 7, 2013 — President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
Jun 9, 2011 — With bin Laden dead, "we have a unique opportunity to make new gains on al-Qaida," he tells the Senate Armed Services Committee as the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be secretary of Defense begins.