Hagel sees 'steady progress' in war on Islamic State

Dec 10, 2014

Hagel sees 'steady progress' in war on Islamic State

U.S. defense chief Chuck Hagel on Tuesday hailed “steady progress” in the war on the Islamic State group but Iraq appealed for increased military assistance to break the back of the jihadists. Meeting Hagel in Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Iraqi forces ...

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to head Pentagon

Dec 3, 2014

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to head Pentagon

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, sources said. Carter, a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense, would have the task of breaking into the tight-knit White House inner ...

Under pressure, Hagel exits as Pentagon chief

Nov 25, 2014

Under pressure, Hagel exits as Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers. During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and ...

Oct 31, 2014

General: U.S. considering empowering Sunni tribes in Iraq

The Pentagon is considering ways to bring the Sunni Arab tribes of Iraq’s Anbar province more fully into the battle against the Islamic State group, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters ...

Obama to meet with allies on Islamic State fight

Oct 15, 2014

Obama to meet with allies on Islamic State fight

President Barack Obama and his military commanders were set to meet Tuesday with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The daylong meeting comes as the White House tries to tout ...

Oct 14, 2014

Hagel: Climate change will challenge U.S. military

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday. ...

Jul 2, 2014

Hagel welcomes decision on collective self-defense

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the government’s decision Tuesday to authorize a reinterpretation of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying the move will pave the way for stronger bilateral ties between the two countries. “I welcome the government of Japan’s new ...

May 31, 2014

Japan reports latest incursion by Chinese ships around Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships steamed through Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands on Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned China over its increasing regional assertiveness. The Japan Coast Guard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one ...