WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received assurances on Thursday from his Russian counterpart that the thousands of Russian troops along Ukraine’s eastern border had no plans to enter the country, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Hagel held an often “direct” conversation with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the Ukraine crisis for about an hour, U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The potential for broader U.S. sanctions on Russia and Moscow’s threat of responding in kind are raising concerns among U.S. corporations and investors about the economic fallout from the crisis over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Rapped by critics for not taking a harsh enough line with Russia, the White House is mulling its next moves.
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – U.S. business leaders were
expected to air concerns over rising tensions with Russia and
possible sanctions over its moves to annex Crimea, in a meeting
with President Barack Obama’s defense secretary and trade
representative on Wednesday.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman were due to address chief
executive officers and other businessmen, and answer their
questions, at the Business Roundtable’s quarterly meeting in
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered new Pentagon security procedures on Tuesday after reviews found last year’s deadly Navy Yard shooting could have been averted if concerns about the gunman’s mental health been properly addressed.
Hagel told a Pentagon news conference the reviews found “troubling gaps” in the Defense Department’s ability to “detect, prevent and respond to instances where someone working for us, a government employee, member of our military, or a contractor, decides to inflict harm on this institution and its people.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s decision to retire the entire U.S. fleet of popular A-10 “Warthog” aircraft is painful but necessary as the military is forced to save money now to develop tomorrow’s weapons, Air Force leaders said on Friday.
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told a panel in the House of Representatives that eliminating the 283 tank-killer jets would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday that 151 sailors had been disqualified from working as sexual assault counselors and other positions as the military tries to improve how it helps victims following a string of high-profile sexual assault cases.
The sailors were disqualified mainly for lack of training after the Navy reviewed the records of about 20,000 personnel who were involved in some way with preventing sexual assault or helping victims, said Lieutenant Commander Chris Servello, a Navy spokesman.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia, locked in a standoff with the West over Ukraine, would be unable to thwart a complete or partial U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan even if it cut off access to Russian supply routes, a top U.S. general said on Wednesday.
Asked at a Senate hearing whether the United States could still get its equipment out of Afghanistan even if Russia cut off routes running through its territory, General Joseph Dunford, the top U.S. and NATO commander in the war effort, replied: “Yes.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers urged the Pentagon on Monday to lift a virtual ban on Sikhs serving in the U.S. armed forces by easing the military-uniform policy to enable Sikhs to wear beards, long hair and turbans in accordance with the customs of their religion.
“We believe it is time for our military to make inclusion of practicing Sikh-Americans the rule, not the exception,” Representatives Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat, and Rodney Frelinghuysen, a New Jersey Republican, said in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, signed by 105 lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It turns out all those years Russian leader Vladimir Putin was cavorting bare-chested outdoors, demonstrating his judo skills and darting whales, a Pentagon researcher may have been studying him for clues to his behavior.
The Office of Net Assessments, a sort of internal think tank for the U.S. secretary of defense, has spent $300,000 annually since 2009 for research to study the body language and movement patterns of key global leaders, one of them being Putin, who has served as Russia’s president and prime minister.
WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck
Hagel warned on Thursday that “tough, tough choices are coming”
if the Pentagon implements deep future spending cuts required by
law, including whether to slash the Army to 420,000 soldiers and
decommission an aircraft carrier.
Hagel told a House of Representatives committee that a
return to steep budget cuts in 2016 and beyond would force the
Army to cut 20,000 to 30,000 soldiers more than currently
planned and the Marine Corps to trim another 7,000 troops.