Apr 6, 2014

Obama visit chance to showcase robust alliance: Kishida

Japan wants to make U.S. President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit an opportunity to show the robust Japan-U.S. alliance to the world, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday. In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Tokyo, Kishida said he is looking ...

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

Apr 6, 2014

Two Aegis ships bound for Japan

by Mizuho Aoki

The United States plans to deploy two additional Aegis destroyers to Japan by 2017 to reinforce missile defenses against increasingly provocative North Korea, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday. During a joint news conference following an hourlong-meeting in Tokyo with Defense Minister ...

Mar 6, 2014

Trimming U.S. military spending

The headline-grabbing cuts in America's 2015 fiscal budget, unveiled by President Barack Obama this week, involve the downsizing of the U.S. military. The plans are controversial in light of recent events on the Crimean Peninsula and the so-called rebalance of U.S. forces to the ...

Systemic U.S. nuke failures raise concerns of 'something larger afoot'

Jan 19, 2014

Systemic U.S. nuke failures raise concerns of 'something larger afoot'

A breakdown in discipline and string of embarrassing episodes in arguably the military’s most sensitive mission has raised questions about whether there is an institutional pattern of failure that puts U.S. nuclear security in jeopardy. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is now concerned “there could ...

Jan 5, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

Hagel talks drones and Afghan peace with Pakistan's Sharif

Dec 9, 2013

Hagel talks drones and Afghan peace with Pakistan's Sharif

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday as Washington sought to defuse tensions over controversial U.S. drone strikes and Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan. In the first visit by a U.S. defence secretary in nearly four years, Hagel ...