WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators say former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who's retiring and wouldn't have a vote, cites Hagel's positions on Iran. Lieberman tells CNN's "State of the Union"... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is getting an early start on Sept. 11 commemorations by traveling to ground zero of the terrorist attacks on New York and to Shanksville, Pa., where hijacked United Flight 93 crashed in an open field, killing all 40 passengers and crew members.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says abruptly ending the military's Don't ask, don't tell policy would have "enormous consequences" for the troops.
A day after a federal judge ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcement of its policy barring gays from openly serving in the military, Gates told reporters that the... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he plans to leave his job next year.
A Republican and holdover from the Bush administration, Gates had agreed to stay on at the request of President Barack Obama. The move was intended to maintain stability at a time of two wars, although Gates... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is rejecting a more forceful role for the military in plugging the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. Gates says the deep-water disaster is beyond the military's expertise.
Oil company BP is using its own equipment to try to stop the leak - equipment the U.S.... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is urging Congress to approve the Obama administration's $768.2 billion Pentagon budget request, saying America needs "a broad portfolio of military capabilities." Gates joined Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in outlining fiscal 2011 budget proposals to the Senate Armed Services Committee.... more »
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday will announce plans for a yearlong study into how the military would lift a ban on gays from serving openly in the military and the impact it might have on the force. According to U.S. officials, the study will be co-chaired by a senior... more »
A US official says a Pentagon inquiry into the case of the alleged Fort Hood shooter could lead to punishment of up to eight Army officers. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to refer findings on the officers to the Army for further inquiry and possible punishment. An official familiar... more »