Chuck Hagel

  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military 23-01-2014 11:04 PM

    A top American lawmaker on Thursday asked the Pentagon to end a ban on Sikh articles of faith including turban and beard in the US military, a long-standing demand of the Sikh-American community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US...
  • Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, easing shutdown pain 06-10-2013 07:45 PM

    The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall the vast majority of some 350,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America's armed forces. Civilian Pentagon employees comprise nearly half the 800,000 federal employees...
  • US, allies prepare for probable military strike on Syria 28-08-2013 08:45 AM

    The United States and its allies geared up on Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within days and would be the most aggressive action by Western powers in the Middle Eastern nation's two-and-a-half-year civil war. Western envoys have told the Syrian opposition to expect a...
  • US still weighing response to Syria, says Hagel 25-08-2013 12:54 PM

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is still weighing the question of whether to use military force in Syria in response to a purported chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters on Sunday in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, Hagel declined to say what action the US...
  • US naval forces move closer to Syria 24-08-2013 03:22 PM

    US naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a...
  • US, Russia need to make progress on Syria despite conflicts: Kerry 10-08-2013 06:40 AM

    The United States and Russia must find ways to work around their sharp differences and agree on approaches to Syria and other global trouble spots, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, as the two countries launched high-level talks. US-Russia ties, deeply strained over Moscow's decision to grant asylum...
  • Despite Snowden fracas, US to hold high-level talks with Russia on Friday 07-08-2013 06:14 AM

    The United States will hold talks with Russia's defense and foreign ministers in Washington on Friday despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, US officials said on Tuesday. The State Department, confirming a report by Reuters, said the talks would go ahead and...
  • US: Obama nominates new Strategic Command chief 25-06-2013 09:30 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has nominated Cecil Haney, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, to be the next commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. If confirmed by the Senate, Haney will succeed Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler at Stratcom, which has its headquarters...
  • US general warns of sexual assault 'crisis', meets Obama 17-05-2013 07:21 AM

    Washington: The top general in the US Armed Forces warned of a crisis of confidence in the growing ranks of women soldiers due to a rash of sexual assault cases that has prompted lawmakers to act. The warning by Army General Martin Dempsey came hours before President Barack Obama asked...
  • Pentagon chief stresses Israel's right to hit Iran 22-04-2013 01:25 AM

    Jerusalem: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held out hope on Sunday for a nonmilitary way to ending the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, but he also emphasized Washington's willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in self-defense. Hagel, on his first visit to Israel as...
  • World military spending dips in 2012; first since 1998 15-04-2013 01:52 PM

    Stockholm: Global military spending dropped in 2012 for the first time in more than a decade thanks to deep cuts in the United States and Europe which made up for increases in countries such as China and Russia, a leading think-tank said on Monday. Big powers the United States and...
  • 'Pentagon spy agency says N Korea can launch nuclear missile' 12-04-2013 03:27 AM

    Washington: A Pentagon spy agency concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles but the weapons would probably be unreliable, officials said on Thursday. A study dated March by the Defense Intelligence Agency appeared to be the first time the Pentagon spy agency...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary 11-04-2013 11:15 AM

    Washington: Asserting that the US is ready with all its contingency plans to defend itself and its allies from any misadventure from North Korea, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the isolated nation was "skating very close to a dangerous line." "North Korea has been, with its bellicose rhetoric,...
  • North Korea presents a real and clear danger: US Defence Secretary 04-04-2013 04:00 PM

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that North Korea presents a real and clear danger. The US has also confirmed that even China has mobilised units along its border with North Korea and that the Chinese military is at Level One readiness which is the highest state of alert...
  • North Korea actions present real danger: US 04-04-2013 09:57 AM

    Washington: The recent rhetoric and actions taken by Pyongyang in past few weeks present a real danger not only to Japan and South Korea but also to the American interests in the region, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said. "Some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks...
  • Wall Street drops on signs of weak economy, North Korea 04-04-2013 05:48 AM

    New York: US stocks fell on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 index posting its biggest daily decline in more than a month, after a weaker-than-expected survey of private employers raised concerns about the strength of the economy. News the Pentagon was sending a missile defense system to Guam in the...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai 27-02-2013 11:58 PM

    A massive fire in a Kolkata market left 20 people dead and many more injured on Wednesday. The tragedy has sparks a political blame game between the TMC and the Left Front. ...