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Former Pentagon budget expert named acting deputy secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday named the former head of the Pentagon office for cost assessments as acting deputy secretary of defense while the search continues for a permanent replacement for departing Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter. Christine Fox, the former director of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, will be the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the Defense Department. She will formally take over as acting deputy defense secretary on Thursday, Hagel said.

Hagel says U.S. rebalance to Asia persists

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday his administration is firmly committed to rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, countering a view that Washington is struggling to shift weight from the Middle East to Asia.

Australia, US to launch talks on troops deployment

Australia and the United States will launch negotiations next month on a binding deal to govern the stationing of US troops in northern Darwin, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. He was speaking after annual bilateral talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their Australian counterparts Defense Minister David Johnson and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Plans to post more than 2,500 Marines by 2016-17 to the northern city of Darwin were first unveiled two years ago by US President Barack Obama. And Hagel said that the initiatives "remain on track."

Philippines disaster spotlights rotational U.S. forces in Asia

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (Yonhap) -- As the U.S. military steps up humanitarian aid missions in the typhoon-battered Philippines, the Pentagon on Tuesday emphasized the importance of rotational forces in Asia and partnerships with regional allies. Amid massive budget cuts and rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, the Obama administration has pushed for the expansion of rotational troops in the area.

Senator to block Obama's nominations over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday said he will try to block White House nominations for key jobs until he gets more information on last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, even after a TV network pulled back from a story on the attack that Graham had cited. Graham has threatened to block President Barack Obama's nominations of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and Jeh Johnson to head the Department of Homeland Security until the administration provides more information on how the attack occurred.

Budget cuts will mean leaner US force

America will need to scale back the size of its armed forces in the face of deep budget cuts and rely less on military power alone, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. Fiscal pressures coupled with new strategic realities will require a reorganization of the force that enjoyed massive budgets in the years after the attacks September 11, 2001, the US defense secretary said.

Hagel says U.S. rethinking military role abroad

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Tuesday his troops should adapt to the grim reality of massive defense budget cuts coupled with the emergence of a new global security environment. In a major speech on U.S. military priorities, Hagel said the time is over when the nation depends excessively on military dominance.

US military must adapt to smaller budgets

The US military must reshape its role in the face of deep budget cuts while avoiding a turn towards isolationism after a decade of war, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. The security threats facing the United States could not be solved by military power alone and the country "will need to place more of an emphasis on our civilian instruments of power," Hagel said in a speech at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) think tank.

U.S. must use all instruments of power, not just military: Hagel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must deploy all its instruments of power, not just military might, as it seeks to lead the world in the future while drained physically and financially after a dozen years of war, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. The Pentagon chief planned to tell a leading Washington think tank on Tuesday that while many Americans, including elected leaders, are becoming skeptical about foreign entanglements, the United States would err if it retreated from the world.

US and New Zealand resume military cooperation

The United States and New Zealand will resume bilateral military cooperation after a near-total 30-year interruption, the two countries' defense ministries said Monday. The improvement in military relations comes as part of the US strategy to pay more attention to the Asia-Pacific region, amid China's growing clout. "We're also very pleased to see the resumption of mil to mil talks after 30 years," cheered New Zealand defense minister Jonathan Coleman during a press conference at the Pentagon with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel.
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