Pentagon braces for budget cut hardship
February 4th, 2013
08:13 AM ET
1 year ago

Pentagon braces for budget cut hardship

Washington (CNNMoney) - With no lifelines in sight, the Defense Department has started preparing for the reality of 9.4% budget cuts kicking in next month by laying off up to 46,000 temporary workers.

And the Pentagon says that's just the beginning.

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Filed under: Budget • Pentagon
Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?
January 31st, 2013
09:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?

Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans supports President Barack Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to recent polling.

The Nebraska Republican's nomination has been met with reservations from some senators from both parties, and even outright opposition, over past positions Hagel has taken on Israel, Iran and the war in Iraq.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon • Polls
January 31st, 2013
07:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Five things Chuck Hagel may be asked about

(CNN) - When the Senate Armed Services Committee is gaveled into session Thursday, Chuck Hagel is likely to face some sharp questions from many of his old colleagues.

If confirmed as secretary of defense, the onetime infantry sergeant and twice-wounded Vietnam veteran would be the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. The former Republican senator from Nebraska gets his chance to answer questions Thursday morning during his confirmation hearing, and here are five subjects where he can expect them:

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Obama visits the clinic
January 12th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama visits the clinic

(CNN) - President Barack Obama stopped in a Pentagon clinic for a checkup on Saturday, but it wasn't for a case of the flu.

The White House said the president underwent a "routine fitness evaluation" which was conducted at the Fit to Win Clinic at the Pentagon.
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Filed under: Pentagon • President Obama
Panetta orders military cost-cutting in case Congress stalemates on spending
January 10th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Panetta orders military cost-cutting in case Congress stalemates on spending

(CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the military to begin implementing cost-cutting measures aimed at mitigating the risk of significant budget cuts should Congress fail to reach a deal in coming months to avert or soften them.

"We have no idea what the hell is going to happen," Panetta said Thursday.

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Filed under: Leon Panetta • Pentagon
Hagel trying to set record straight at Pentagon
January 9th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Hagel trying to set record straight at Pentagon

Washington (CNN) - On his second day at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel is trying to set his Iran record straight, saying he supports tough international sanctions against Iran, in an attempt to counter complained by critics who say he favored talking directly with the government in Tehran, according to defense officials with direct knowledge of the nominees conversations Wednesday.

Hagel told Pentagon staff he also believes all options in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program should be on the table, including military action, according to the officials.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon
December 23rd, 2012
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Potential Hagel nomination met with skepticism from senators

(CNN) – Former Sen. Chuck Hagel's name has yet to be officially sent to the Senate for confirmation as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense, yet he faced a wave of skepticism from lawmakers Sunday about past positions on Iran that appear out of line with Obama's own policies.

"A lot of Republicans are going to ask him hard questions," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I don't think he's going to get many Republicans' votes. I like Chuck, but his positions are really out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon
December 21st, 2012
07:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Potential Pentagon nominee brings all sides out swinging

Washington (CNN) - Calls of concern and support over President Obama's possible pick to be the next secretary of defense are piling up as former colleagues and special interest organizations take aim at and defend the independent-thinking former senator.

Chuck Hagel is believed to be the president's preferred candidate to run the Pentagon, but an announcement has yet to be made by the White House.

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Pentagon told to start planning for fiscal cliff cuts
December 5th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Pentagon told to start planning for fiscal cliff cuts

(CNN) - The White House has ordered the military to start planning for the possibility of cutting $500 billion from its budget over the next 10 years as part of the fiscal cliff, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday.

Agency spokesman George Little told reporters that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) instructed the Defense Department to start internal planning for possible spending reductions on top of other cuts already in the pipeline.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • Pentagon
November 10th, 2012
04:07 PM ET
1 year ago

Video: Veterans elected to serve - in Congress

(CNN) - Several U.S. veterans will serve in a new way this coming year: they were elected to Congress. CNN's Barbara Starr reports from the Pentagon.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Pentagon
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