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Ashton Carter brings a different look to the Pentagon

The experiences that Ashton Carter would bring to the job of defense secretary are vastly different from Chuck Hagel's in several important ways, starting...

Obama found wrong scapegoat by firing Hagel

The timing of Chuck Hagel’s resignation as secretary of defense may have been a surprise, but the fact that he was on his way...

Hagel’s ouster leaves a big mess behind

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning...

Hagel says Iraqi troops on fast-track training

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants. Hagel...

Ex-POW Bergdahl back on American soil

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early...

Escalating debate over prisoner swap

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of...

Hagel wants review of military transgender ban

The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate...

Sexual assault reports up by 50 percent in military

Reports by members of the military of sexual assaults jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared...

Plan to shrink military faces Congressional skepticism

The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's...

With military scandals growing, Hagel appoints ethics officer

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday he will appoint a senior officer to report directly to him on matters of military ethics after...