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World Feb 21US may slow military exit from Afghanistan
The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said…
Politics Jan 31Host of challenges ahead for new defense secretary
As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning.
World Dec 06U.S. to keep more troops than planned in Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the United States will keep as many as 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned for the first part of 2015.
Nation Dec 05Obama picks Ashton Carter to be next Secretary of Defense
The experiences that Ashton Carter would bring to the job of defense secretary are vastly different from Chuck Hagel's in several important ways, starting with the fact that Carter is an academic and a policy wonk.
Nation Nov 24Nuclear forces commander denies counterfeiting casino chips
Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina, who was fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces at an early stage of a Navy criminal investigation into the counterfeit chips, acknowledged to The Associated Press that he played the…
Nation Nov 22Fired nuke commander now linked to counterfeit poker chips
The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network…
World Nov 14‘Systematic problems’ with management of U.S. nuclear forces, Hagel says
WASHINGTON — 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,…
Nation Nov 04Air Force fires 2 nuclear missile corps commanders
WASHINGTON — Adding to signs of distress in the nuclear force, the Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases.
Nation Oct 31Soldiers and civilians face different Ebola protocols
WASHINGTON — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse…
World Oct 20Refusing to aid Kurds against Islamic State group would be ‘irresponsible,’ says Kerry
JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and…