DEFENSE SECRETARY

  • 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...
  • Obama to nominate Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA January 7, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his secondterm national security team. Hagel, even before being nominated, has faced tough criticism from congressional Republicans who say the...
  • Obama likely to appoint Hagel as US defense secretary January 5, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama appeared poised on January 4 to pick former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the next US defense secretary and the announcement may come early next week. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the national security community said all signs were pointing to Hagel as Obama's choice...
  • USIndia defence ties should be strong: Panetta June 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised on June 6 to let India buy America's best weapons technology and jointly produce and develop equipment in a bid to increase trade with the world's top arms importer. "The United States is firmly committed to provide the best defence technology...
  • US expects to hand off Libya lead in 'days' March 21, 2011

    On board a military aircraft: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday that the US expects to turn control of the Libya military mission over to a coalition probably headed either by the French and British or by NATO "in a matter of days." In his first public...