Hagel says US military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.

US nuclear woes: Pentagon chief orders a shakeup

Pledging firm action to support the men and women who handle the world's most powerful and deadly weapons, the Pentagon will spend an additional USD 10 billion to correct deep problems of neglect and mismanagement within the nation's nuclear forces, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Troubled US nuclear force needs reform, funds: Hagel

 The US nuclear force is plagued by declining morale, manpower shortages and mismanagement that could jeopardize its safety and effectiveness, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday.

Pentagon chief postpones trip to Vietnam, Myanmar

Washington: Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is pulling out of a long-planned trip to Vietnam and Myanmar this month because of a demanding schedule at home, defense officials said Tuesday.

US defense chief will not discuss "critical" Syria memo

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stressed the need for honesty in internal government discussions on Thursday as he declined comment on a two-page internal memo he wrote on Syria policy, described as critical by people familiar with its contents.

US attacks on IS group may help Assad: Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged Thursday that Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad could "benefit" from US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, one of the regime`s adversaries.

Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all US troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.

Hagel orders quarantine for US troops returning from West Africa

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered a 21-day quarantine for all US troops returning from West Africa, in a "prudent" measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Costly US nuclear arms revamp, tight cash call for tough choices

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grabbed a ladder extending through the sleek black hull of the USS Tennessee at a Navy submarine base here and disappeared down the hatch for a close look at one of the Pentagon`s most daunting budget issues.

Pak Army Chief to visit US next month for security talks

Pakistan's Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif will visit the US next month for crucial security talks with American defence officials, his first such trip since taking over as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) last year.

Israeli minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Tuesday he shared with his US counterpart his country`s concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme.

Top leaders discuss importance of maintaining US-China ties

Reaffirming their shared interest in strengthening cooperation in several areas, top leaders of the US and China have discussed the importance of maintaining the "positive momentum" that the two countries have developed in their military-to-military relationship, the Pentagon said.

Obama reviews strategy against ISIS

US President Barack Obama has reviewed his strategy in Iraq and Syria and discussed the assessed impact of coalition air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) in both countries, the White House said.

Hagel pressurises US Congress to reverse Pentagon budget cuts

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that the world has now become a more volatile, less predictable and more threatening as he warned that the US Army is still short of what is needed to defend the nation with minimum risk after being hit with the budget cuts last year.

US to be `more aggressive` in monitoring Ebola response: Obama

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged a "much more aggressive" response at home to the Ebola threat, and insisted that the risk of a serious outbreak on US soil was low.

Climate change `immediate` national security risk: Pentagon

Rising global temperatures, rapidly melting arctic ice and other effects of climate change are posing immediate risks to US national security and military and humanitarian operations, the Pentagon warned Monday.

Pentagon Chief Hagel in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

US may deploy 4,000 troops for Ebola control in Liberia

The Pentagon said Friday that it may send 4,000 troops to Liberia as part of a comprehensive assistance plan against the deadly Ebola outbreak, but stressed that the actual number may change.

US Defence Secretary meets Modi, discusses defence cooperation

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues relating to defence cooperation and combating terrorism.

PM Narendra Modi pays tributes at Gandhi's statue in Washington

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the statue of the Father of the Nation here in the US capital.