GOP senator: Obama picks Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final de…
Hagel reported as resigning as Defense secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.
Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes needed in nuke force
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military's failure to maintain its focus on the nation's nuclear forces led them to be mismanaged and to "slowly back down the hill." He vowed to invest in and bolster the force, saying there is no problem on this …
Defense Furloughs Reduced
The Pentagon is moving to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures, cutting the number of days off from 11 to six, The Associated Press has learned.
Pentagon Eyes Cuts in Danger Pay
The Associated Press has learned that the Pentagon is eyeing plans to eliminate danger pay for service members in up to 18 countries and five waterways around the world. That would save about $120 million each year while taking a bite out of troops' salaries.

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