CHUCK HAGEL

  • Chuck Hagel, under pressure, resigns as US defence secretary November 25, 2014

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan. It was the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm...
  • Chuck Hagel resigns as US defense secretary November 24, 2014

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a...
  • US troops returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined October 29, 2014

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a measure to place under a 21-day supervised isolation regimen all military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa. According to a Pentagon statement, the order will apply to all military services that are contributing personnel to the fight...
  • US Defence Secretary meets Modi; discusses defence cooperation September 30, 2014

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues relating to defence cooperation and combating terrorism. The US Defence Secretary called on Modi at the Blair House here where the visiting dignitary is staying. "Issues of the day - Ebola and Terror -...
  • US seeks clarification from Russian on its humanitarian convoy August 16, 2014

    Washington: The United States has sought clarification from Russia on its "humanitarian convoy" in Ukraine and stated that the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise the wartorn nation is dangerous and provocative. In a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoygu, the US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, "requested clarification...
  • United States sends another 130 military personnel to Iraq August 13, 2014

    Washington: The Obama administration has sent about 130 additional military personnel to Iraq, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to help Iraq contain the threat posed by hardline militants from the Islamic State. Hagel, speaking to troops in California, said the soldiers had arrived in the...
  • Stronger IndiaUS defence ties are essential for peace around globe: Chuck Hagel August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: US defence secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the Indian government's decision to raise the FDI cap in defence sector. Speaking at the Silver Jubilee function of the Observer's Research Foundation (ORF), Hagel said that increased investment towards defence and an industrial partnership with India is the way to going...
  • US eyes mega defence deals worth Rs 20,000 crore as Chuck Hagel visits India August 7, 2014

    Washington: Ahead of his first visit to India, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the US is looking for new partners and relationships in Asia Pacific region which represents both opportunities and challenges. Defence deals worth over Rs 20,000 crore, intelligence sharing on counterterrorist activities and steps to strengthen military ties...
  • 'New opening' for USTaliban talks possible: Hagel June 1, 2014

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed hope the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would lead to direct US talks with the Taliban. "It could, it might and we hope it will present an opening," Hagel said in an interview from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with NBC's "Meet the...
  • US and China square off at Asia security forum May 31, 2014

    The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the US defence secretary accusing Beijing of destabilising the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were "threat and intimidation". Using unusually strong language, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took aim at Beijing's...
  • Pentagon official to lead defence trade dialogue with India May 31, 2014

    Washington: A senior Pentagon official has been appointed to lead the defence trade initiative dialogue with India, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday. "To further strengthen USIndia defence ties, I am directing the Pentagon's Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Frank Kendall) to lead the USIndia Defence Trade and...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military January 23, 2014

    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 longstanding demand of the SikhAmerican community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US Armed...
  • Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, easing shutdown pain October 6, 2013

    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 currently...
  • US, allies prepare for probable military strike on Syria August 28, 2013

    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 military...
  • US still weighing response to Syria, says Hagel August 25, 2013

    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 might...
  • US naval forces move closer to Syria August 24, 2013

    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 military...
  • US, Russia need to make progress on Syria despite conflicts: Kerry August 10, 2013

    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 highlevel talks. USRussia ties, deeply strained over Moscow's decision to grant asylum to...
  • Despite Snowden fracas, US to hold highlevel talks with Russia on Friday August 7, 2013

    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 that...
  • US: Obama nominates new Strategic Command chief June 25, 2013

    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 at...
  • US general warns of sexual assault 'crisis', meets Obama May 17, 2013

    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 military...
  • Pentagon chief stresses Israel's right to hit Iran April 22, 2013

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

    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 thinktank said on Monday. Big powers the United States and...
  • 'Pentagon spy agency says N Korea can launch nuclear missile' April 12, 2013

    Washington: A Pentagon spy agency concluded with "moderate confidence" that North Korea has the ability to launch nucleararmed 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 had...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary April 11, 2013

    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...
  • North Korea presents a real and clear danger: US Defence Secretary April 4, 2013

    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 April 4, 2013

    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 present...
  • Wall Street drops on signs of weak economy, North Korea April 4, 2013

    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 weakerthanexpected 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 coming...
  • India an important country: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel March 29, 2013

    Washington: Terming India as an important country, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said that the country would continue to play a stabilising role in the region. "India is a very important country, will continue to be an important power not just in the region, in the world, economically,...
  • Going to Iraq was not the right decision, believes Obama March 20, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama continues to believe that going to Iraq was not a wise decision, although he agrees Iraq is a better place today as a result of sacrifice made by the US military, 10 years after it invaded the nation in search of chemical and biological weapons. Obama...
  • US to beef up missile defence against North Korea March 16, 2013

    Washington: The Obama administration will add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defence system, reflecting concern about North Korea's focus on developing nuclear weapons and its advances in long-range missile technology, US officials said on Friday. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel planned to announce the decision later on Friday. In advance...