| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:00 PM
Ashton Carter was sworn in as the secretary of defense this week, taking the reins of Pentagon leadership from former Secretary Chuck Hagel.
On Tuesday, he issued a message to the Department of Defense employees outlining his top priorities: protecting...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 6:59 PM
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve Ashton Carter, a former senior Pentagon official and Harvard professor, as President Obama’s fourth secretary of Defense.
Carter, who will be sworn in next week, is a well-respected technocrat...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:41 PM
Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of Defense, said at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he was “very much inclined” to provide lethal arms to Ukrainian forces fighting Russia-backed separatists,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Even as a young man, Ashton Carter had eclectic interests, earning degrees in physics and medieval history at Yale, and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
"There was no relationship between them...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:25 PM
Top U.S. leaders and members of Congress reacted cautiously Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems.
The proposals, which would save more than $20 billion over the next four...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Each of the attacks in Paris that killed 17 people last week was an atrocity, an affront to freedom and an act of terrorism. On those points, most people agree, and they're right. Most people also fear this marks the beginning of a rash of extremist...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 9:49 PM
Clifford Sloan, the State Department envoy responsible for negotiating prisoner transfers from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is resigning, officials said on Monday.
The surprise announcement of Sloan's departure followed a flurry of...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 6:00 AM
For several days, Taliban fighters barricaded on a mountaintop lobbed rockets at the remote town of Sangar in the valley below. Residents fled while police holed up in their outposts and begged superiors for help.
At a sprawling base about 100 miles...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 8:26 AM
A new "Star Wars" trailer surfaces, the Miami Dolphins won, and the Tortuga Music Festival lineup was announced. Here's what's buzzing around social media today:
1. Star Wars
As the official “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer tops...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 4:27 PM
President Obama is expected to nominate Ashton Carter, a physicist with extensive experience in the Pentagon’s leadership, as secretary of Defense to replace Chuck Hagel, according to administration officials.
If confirmed by the Senate, Carter...