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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt: Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo`s counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.

US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt: Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo`s counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.

`Red tape` should not mar India-US defence cooperation: Chuck Hagel

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday India and US should not let "bureaucratic red tape" thwart the momentum of defence partnerships between the world`s two largest democracies.

Top US military brass to be cut 20%, says Hagel

The US Defense secretary says his staff and that of his top brass will be trimmed by 20 per cent in coming years.

Afghan bombers strike during US official`s visit

Militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people on Saturday, the first full day of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel`s visit to Afghanistan. They were a fresh reminder of the challenges posed by insurgents to the US-led NATO force as it hands over the country`s security to the Afghans.