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Ash Carter's Excruciating Dilemma

When Ashton Carter takes the oath of office as the U.S. secretary of defense, he will be caught on the horns of an excruciating dilemma. If unresolved, the long-term consequence will be a 21st century replay of the "hollow force" that arose after the Vietnam War ended. Show More Summary

Chuck Hagel keeps it real at Clarendon sports bar after farewell speech

Hey, isn’t that… former defense secretary Chuck Hagel, chowing down on Wednesday night with a group of friends and family at Clarendon sports bar Mister Days? A tipster says it looked like Hagel and company had just come from his farewell ceremony, which was held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, near the Pentagon. It’s quite a transition […]

First Draft Focus: Obama Bids Farewell to Hagel

President Obama embraced Chuck Hagel, the outgoing defense secretary, at a farewell ceremony in Fort Myer, Va., on Wednesday.

Hagel Says Goodbye to Troops at Ceremony Attended by Obama

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday bid his official good-bye to the Defense Department he has led for two years, expressing his “deepest gratitude” to “the men and women who serve our country, and their families, whose service and sacrifice is unequaled.” “I want you all to know that the things I have most respected […]

Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

yesterdayNews : The Newsroom

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Show More Summary

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

2 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

PNAC's Frank Gaffney Claims Dearborn Michigan Is Muslim 'No-Go' Zone

Former Ronald Reagan Asst. Defense Secretary Reagan official and PNACer Frank Gaffney proclaimed that the city of Dearborn, Michigan is a Muslim "no-go zone, " being run by Sharia law. He actually said it: Not only did anti-Muslim conspiracy...Show More Summary

Hagel: “nonstop war” is forcing good troops to leave services

Proving why he was appointed by this White House to be the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel tells NPR that folks are leaving the service because of constant deployments to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hagel says that when, in a recent meeting, he spoke with a group of six promising young U.S. military […]

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

4 days agoNews : The Two-Way

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he is concerned about the toll of repeatedly rotating the same soldiers back to the front lines.

Pentagon to downsize? Ha!

You probably remember how Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised to downsize the headquarters personnel at the Pentagon. Well, here we are two years later and they can’t figure out how to do that, according to the Washington Post; [F]ederal auditors reported this week that the Defense Department has not produced a realistic plan to make […]

WATCH: Allyson Robinson Slams Pentagon's Lack of Leadership on Trans Military Ban

The former Army captain and West Point graduate has a message for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: End the military's ban on open service by transgender Americans. read more

Can the Pentagon downsize its headquarters staff?

Facing budget pressures, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said two years ago that he was ordering the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon to start shrinking by 20 percent. But federal auditors reported this week that the Defense Department has not produced a realistic plan to make the cuts — and can’t say how many […]

As He Exits, Hagel Warns of Limits to Military Power

As he prepares to hand over the reins of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that military power has its limits and Americans should avoid believing that force alone can transform conflict-riven societies.

Defense Nominee Begins His Senate Good-Will Tour

Ashton B. Carter, President Obama's nominee to be defense secretary, has begun his getting-to-know-you tour of the Senate.

Trailer for "The Fog of War"

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YouTube link. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare. Show More Summary

Oracle names former CIA director Leon Panetta to its board

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Leon Panetta, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director under President Obama, is now an Oracle director. Panetta served as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013 and led the CIA…

US Navy Selects V-22 for Aircraft Carrier COD Provisioning

The Navy will buy V-22 Osprey tiltrotors to replace its aging C-2A Greyhound turboprop aircraft in flying carrier on board delivery (COD) missions. Breaking Defense obtained a Jan. 5 memo, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Show More Summary

Hagel becomes angel of death for troops’ compensation

Chuck Hagel, the out-going Secretary of Defense is touring the country to say goodbye to the troops and to tell them that they’re going to get screwed in their wallets soon, according to the Military Times; “We cannot sustain the current trajectory that we are on with the current system we have,” Hagel said. “We […]

Hagel Warns Against White House 'Micromanaging' Military Leaders

In his final address to the troops, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel cautioned Thursday against "micromanaging" the military in what could be seen as veiled criticism of the White House.

Hagel: Bombers Need Replacement

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s likely last procurement emphasis is his call for a replacement of current strategic bomber capacity, which currently consists of 159 airframes between the Air Force’s B-52s, B-Lancers and B-2s. U.S. Contractors such as Lockheed are salivating at the potential domestic UAV market, now that the FAA appears to be slowly […]

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