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  • Senate confirms Mattis for defense secretary

    January 20, 2017 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has voted to confirm James Mattis to be President Donald Trump's defense secretary. Senators cleared the retired Marine general's nomination Friday. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who challenged the idea of a former military leader in a civilian job, voted "no." Republicans pushed for fast... more »
  • Trump officially announces Pentagon pick Mattis

    December 6, 2016 9:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is officially announcing he will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be his Defense Secretary, bringing his pick onstage in North Carolina. Mattis briefly addressed the crowd in Fayetteville, thanking Trump for the nomination. Fayetteville is the latest stop in Trump's "thank you" tour... more »
  • Pentagon chief used personal email account until December 20

    March 26, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department. The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter's personal account were... more »
  • Iran releases 10 U.S. Navy sailors

    January 13, 2016 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON- Defense Secretary Ash Carter is welcoming the release of 10 U.S. Navy sailors held overnight by Iran. Their boats had crossed into Iranian waters. The nine men and one woman were released by Iran today, along with their vessels, after the head of Iran's Navy says it was determined... more »
  • 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 »

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