| 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,...
| 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 24, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Defense 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...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement.
| Nov 11, 2014
| 10:06 AM
The U.S. capital marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery where Vice President Joe Biden said the 23 million U.S. veterans were the backbone of the nation.
The commemoration at Arlington, where more than 40,000...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 5:22 PM
Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as U.S. defense secretary, has undergone a long-planned surgical procedure on his back ahead of his confirmation process in the Senate, the White House said on Friday.
| 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...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 4:41 PM
U.S. service members returning from deployments in Ebola-stricken countries will be placed under a 21-day quarantine, according to an order signed Wednesday by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
The order comes at the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of...
| 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...