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  • Officials: Ashton Carter is Obama's likely Pentagon pick

    December 2, 2014 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Administration officials say Ashton Carter has emerged as the top candidate for the job of defense secretary. But the officials caution that President Barack Obama hasn't made a final decision. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president's decision-making process publicly. Carter... more »
  • Glass shattering? Flournoy tops Pentagon shortlist

    November 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Michèle Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation. Passed over by Obama for the job 20 months ago, Flournoy heads a... more »
  • Obama announces Hagel resignation from Pentagon

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service. Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's... more »
  • Pentagon: Hagel calls Egyptian defense minister

    July 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the... more »
  • Senate votes to confirm Hagel as defense chief

    February 27, 2013 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel is expected to take the oath of office today as defense secretary. Just four Republicans joined Democrats in confirming Hagel, a two-term Republican senator and a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran. The vote came after the GOP ended an unprecedented filibuster. President Obama called Hagel the... more »
  • Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

    February 12, 2013 7:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination. The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on President Barack Obama's choice... more »
  • Defense nominee Hagel defends his record in Senate

    January 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending himself against critics who have seized on his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel says he cannot be defined by a single vote or quote. He insists that his worldview hasn't changed and the United... more »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    November 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
  • Gates retiring as U. S. Defense Secretary

    August 16, 2010 11:37 AM

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he plans to leave his job next year. A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates has... more »
  • Marine's Mattis to take over Central Command

    July 8, 2010 1:21 PM

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command. Mattis would replace Gen. David Petraeus, who is now in Afghanistan as the top U.S. and NATO military officer there. Mattis is a blunt-talking seasoned war veteran best known for... more »

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