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Pentagon budget slashes Army size to smallest since World War II due to spending caps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Monday it would slash the Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with Congress over defense priorities. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, discussing the…

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backs NATO force in Afghanistan post-2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told American troops on Sunday that he supports a NATO force in Afghanistan after 2014, as Washington and President Hamid Karzai wrangle over a stalled security pact. Hagel travelled to bases in south Afghanistan to meet troops a day after further tensions arose over the…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts ‘irresponsible’ government shutdown threat

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers as “astoundingly irresponsible” for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim. If Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure by the close of the fiscal year on Monday, officials estimate that about half of the Pentagon’s…

Military ready to act over Syria says U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel kicks off a Southeast Asian tour on Sunday meant to stress Washington’s so-called “pivot” back towards the Asia-Pacific but with attention diverted by trouble in the Middle East. The Pentagon chief’s week-long trip is part of a concerted effort by Washington to rebalance America’s strategic…

Pentagon announces new measures to combat sexual assault in the military

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Thursday unveiled steps to combat sexual assaults in the armed forces by increasing protection for victims, beefing up oversight of investigations, and making responses to such crimes more consistent across the military. “Sexual assault is a stain on the…

Chuck Hagel: Reform military judicial system to combat sexual assault

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday said US commanders should be barred from overturning criminal convictions, in the wake of anger over a quashed guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. Under Hagel’s proposal, which would have to be approved by lawmakers, commanders would still have the power to alter…

Pentagon to review controversial drone warfare medal

The US military said Tuesday it halted production of a new medal for drone and cyber warfare, ordering a review after critics called the award an insult to combat veterans. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other decorations as a soldier in the Vietnam War, made…

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