March 2nd, 2014
04:06 PM ET
5 months ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama budget 'guts our defense'

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Obama administration's proposed budget "guts our defense" and ignores the need for military preparation for future conflicts.

The South Carolina Republican told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that if the United States were to need to take immediate military action in an international conflict, that situation would drain defense resources.

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Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown
October 14th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
9 months ago

Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown

(CNN) – A Catholic priest has gone to court, saying the partial government shutdown is preventing him from providing religious services– even voluntarily– on a U.S. military base.

Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court in Washington, saying he "wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge... but has been told that he is subject to arrest if he does so."
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Hagel seeks to bring furloughed Defense Department civilians back to work
October 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Hagel seeks to bring furloughed Defense Department civilians back to work

Washington (CNN) - Even as furloughed civilian Defense Department workers streamed out of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began working half a world away to get all 400,000 furloughed personnel globally back to work.

“Hagel is looking to get as many people back to work as soon as he can,” a senior defense official told CNN on Tuesday.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense
Defense Department trims furlough days to 11
May 14th, 2013
10:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Defense Department trims furlough days to 11

Washington (CNNMoney) - Defense Department employees are getting a little bit of a reprieve.

Workers now face 11 days of furloughs, cut down from an expected 14 days, Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon.

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Filed under: Budget • Department of Defense
Hagel starts first day at Pentagon
February 27th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel starts first day at Pentagon

(CNN) – New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed service members and civilian employees Wednesday, vowing to always be "honest" and "direct" with his staff–and asking the same in return.

"You are not joining my team. I am joining your team," he said. "And I want you to know how proud I am of the opportunity the president of the United States has given me and the Congress of the United States has given me."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Pentagon
February 26th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel confirmation battle: bruised but standing

Washington (CNN) – Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's rocky and inauspicious path to the Pentagon could haunt him if he doesn't watch his step.

"If people feel Hagel makes a mistake in the future, they will come after him even harder than if this ugly process of recent weeks hadn't happened," said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a co-author of "Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy."

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
Breaking: Senate ends GOP filibuster of Hagel
February 26th, 2013
12:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Senate ends GOP filibuster of Hagel

(CNN) – The U.S. Senate, in a crucial test vote on Tuesday, chose to move the embattled nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary forward, clearing the way for final consideration and likely confirmation later in the day.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
Graham pushes for more info from Hagel
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
February 22nd, 2013
08:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Graham pushes for more info from Hagel

(CNN) – Days before the Senate votes on ending the filibuster against Chuck Hagel's nomination for defense secretary, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the former senator, demanding access to Hagel's Senate archives and requesting answers to more questions about his record.

"Given the threats we face in the world and the public confidence level needed to be an effective Secretary of Defense, I believe the airing of your views and record is critical to the confirmation process," Graham stated in the letter.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Lindsey Graham • Senate
Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint
February 21st, 2013
08:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Lack of access to Hagel archives another flashpoint

Washington (CNN) - Official documents, correspondence and other papers from the period of time Chuck Hagel held his U.S. Senate seat are closed to public viewing by the archives entrusted to hold them.

The lack of access has created yet another controversy around the embattled nominee to become the next defense secretary, raising questions among some about whether he might be hiding something in those files.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Senate
February 21st, 2013
01:22 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP critics of Hagel call on Obama to withdraw nomination

(CNN) - Fifteen of Chuck Hagel’s harshest Republican critics in the Senate are calling on President Obama to withdraw his nomination, arguing “it would be unprecedented for a Secretary of Defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position.”

In a letter Thursday to the president, the senators didn’t raise any new substantive concerns about Hagel but reiterated long-held complaints about his stances on key issues. In particular, they said his “ambivalence about whether containment or prevention is the best approach” to dealing with a possibly nuclear-armed Iran means “the military option will have near zero credibility” if he were in charge of the Pentagon.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • Republicans • Senate
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