/ Feb 13, 2015

U.S. Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats. The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate was ...

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 circle ...

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 Hagel ...

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 that ...

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 progress ...

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. Addressing ...

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 forward ...