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 ...

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

Nov 28, 2013

Onodera, Hagel worry ADIZ may trigger conflict

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday shared their “strong concern” about China’s establishment of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, saying it could lead to a confrontation. “We agreed that China’s one-sided action could ...

Japan, U.S. agree to beef up cybersecurity

Oct 3, 2013

Japan, U.S. agree to beef up cybersecurity

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Thursday in Tokyo their cooperation in fighting cyberattacks and handling tensions over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. During their talks at the Defense Ministry, Onodera and Hagel also welcomed an ...

Aug 21, 2013

Japan, U.S. defense chiefs may meet in Brunei

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera is arranging to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Aug. 28 on the sidelines of ASEAN-related meetings in Brunei, a government source said Wednesday. The Japanese and U.S. defense chiefs are expected to discuss a review of bilateral ...

Allies once again vow to be tough with North Korea

Jun 3, 2013

Allies once again vow to be tough with North Korea

Japan, the U.S. and South Korea have vowed again to work together to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development and other recent provocations. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin shared the view during talks ...

Jun 3, 2013

China affirms tough territorial stance

A top Chinese military official said Sunday that Beijing will not compromise on its claims to contested isles in the East and South China seas, despite its willingness to engage in discussions. “We should put aside disputes . . . and seek solutions through ...