Hagel says Pak school attack is act of "pure cowardice"

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday said the "heartless slaughter" of 141 students and teachers at an army-run school in Peshawar is an act of "pure cowardice."

US firepower is not the answer: Chuck Hagel tells Iraq
US firepower is not the answer: Chuck Hagel tells Iraq

Chuck Hagel is the first American defense secretary to visit Iraq since the US officially ended its long war three years ago.

Chuck Hagel says ordered military `high alert` over torture report

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he had ordered top military commanders worldwide to be on high alert over the imminent publication of a report on the CIA`s use of torture.

US defence chief Hagel reports `steady progress` in war on IS
US defence chief Hagel reports `steady progress` in war on IS

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in Baghdad on Tuesday for an unannounced visit aimed getting a first look at the US-led war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group.

US military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan: Hagel

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday told US troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

Barack Obama condemns killing of US hostage in Yemen

US President Barack Obama Saturday denounced the killing of an American hostage in a second failed rescue operation in Yemen, vowing to bring the killers to justice.

US to leave bigger force in Afghanistan than planned in 2015

The US would have more troops in Afghanistan than it initially planned to, at the start of next year, the outgoing US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

US to keep more troops in Afghanistan as violence spikes

The United States will keep up to 1,000 more soldiers than previously planned in Afghanistan into next year, outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday, in a recognition of the still formidable challenge from Taliban insurgents.

Hagel, in Kabul, says Afghans to battle back Taliban threat

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed confidence in the ability of Afghan forces to defend Kabul following a spike in Taliban strikes as he arrived in the Afghan capital on Saturday for his final trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.

US Defense Secretary in Kabul as NATO war winds down

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan in the final weeks of NATO`s 13-year war against the Taliban.

Directives to combat sexual crimes in US military

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced four new directives to prevent sexual assault crimes in the country`s military.

Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

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.

Chuck Hagel unveils new efforts to fight sex assault in US military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled four new initiatives to combat sexual assault in the US military on Thursday as the Pentagon released a preliminary report for 2014 showing signs of improvement after a three-year crackdown on the crime.

Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today
Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today

US President Barack Obama will announce his choice of former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next secretary of defense on Friday, a White House official said.

India friend Ashton Carter is Obama pick for Pentagon chief

 Ashton Carter, former second in command at the Pentagon, credited with enhancing defence ties with India, is said to be President Barack Obama`s choice to replace Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was ousted last week.

Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources
Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: Sources

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter emerged on Tuesday as the expected nominee to replace Chuck Hagel as US defense secretary, sources familiar with the situation said.

Top contender for Pentagon job bows out: Source

A former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.

Behind Hagel's ouster, tensions over Syria and Obama's team

From the moment he was appointed last year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a troubled relationship with President Barack Obama`s tight-knit White House national security team. As the bombing intensified in Iraq and Syria, so did his problems.

Chuck Hagel understood India's value, opened US military for Sikhs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who quit amid differences with President Barack Obama, understood the strategic importance of India and opened up the US military a little bit more for the Sikhs.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out as IS war heats up
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel out as IS war heats up

President Barack Obama announced the departure of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat.