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Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger.  (credit:  Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger Dies

Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired — and dismissed — by presidents of both parties.

03/27/2014

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Carney: ‘Options That We Are Considering Are Not About Regime Change’

U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.

08/27/2013

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see "exactly the same" threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Hagel: Israel, US See ‘Exactly Same’ Iran Threat

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the United States and Israel see “exactly the same” threat from Iran, but differ on when it may reach the point of requiring U.S. or Israeli military action.

04/21/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended President Barack Obama's proposed cuts to the military as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets. (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel Defends Proposed Cuts In Defense Spending As ‘Imperfect’ But ‘Fair’

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended President Barack Obama’s proposed cuts to the military as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets.

04/11/2013

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he believes U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave. (Photo credit - JASON REED/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel Optimistic About First Afghan Visit Despite ‘Message’ From Suicide Blasts

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he believes U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave.

03/09/2013

File photo of President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of defense and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It’s Personal And Business In GOP Fight Over Hagel

The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is personal and business.

02/23/2013

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (credit: Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

McCain Wants Hagel Nomination to Move Forward

President Barack Obama’s pick to be defense secretary is unsuited to head the Pentagon, but Republican senators should stop stalling the nomination and allow a vote on Chuck Hagel, a leading opponent said Sunday.

02/17/2013

File photo of former Sen. Chuck Hagel. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Approves Pentagon Nominee Chuck Hagel

A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary.

02/12/2013

Sen. Carl Levin has pushed ahead on the Senate vote on defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel despite Republican calls for more information.(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Despite GOP Calls For More Information, Senate Pushes Ahead On Hagel Vote

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee pushed ahead Monday with plans for a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary despite Republican demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice.

02/11/2013

Sen. Carl Levin said Chuck Hagel's defense secretary nomination is "very much on track." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate Armed Services Chairman: Hagel Confirmation ‘Very Much On Track’

Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next defense secretary remains on track despite Republican demands for additional information about his paid speeches and business dealings, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Thursday.

02/07/2013

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