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Hagel not happy

The House Armed Services Committee is rejecting many cost-savings proposals from the Pentagon including closing excess military bases and retiring aging aircraft. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is displeased about this budget bill, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby. Hagel plans to talk to lawmakers again about the need for another round of base closings, which was also denied by the budget.

Tags: House Armed Services Committee , Chuck Hagel , DoD , budget , John Kirby

Monday - 05/12/2014, 08:53am EDT

Russian claims troops are leaving Ukraine's border

The Pentagon says if Russian troops were really pulling back from the border with Ukraine, then "we would know," a spokesman told the Associated Press. He says that doesn't seem to be happening. Russian President Vladimir Putin says his troops have been moved away from the border region. Putin has also called on Ukraine's military to stop its operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations in at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.

Tags: DoD , Ukraine , Russia , Vladimir Putin

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 09:09am EDT

Military buildup in Eastern Ukraine continues

The Pentagon sharply criticized Russia's latest announcement on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. DoD is concerned that Russia is, "starting military drills near the border with Ukraine and called on Moscow to take steps to lower, not escalate, tensions. Moscow has said the drills were a response to Ukrainian operations against pro-Russian separatists and NATO exercises in eastern Europe."

Tags: DoD , Russia , Ukraine , NATO , military drills

Friday - 04/25/2014, 08:52am EDT

Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a Congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: military pay , Jared Serbu , DoD , budget , Congress

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:34am EDT

Hagel shakes up Pentagon's organizational chart, hopes for $1B in savings

The Defense secretary issues specific directions to implement a 20 percent cutback in the size of his own sprawling support staff, including the elimination and consolidation of several senior positions. Gen. Martin Dempsey will deliver plans to cut the joint staff by 20 percent in the coming weeks, and all military organizations commanded by three or four star generals will do the same.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , budget , reorganization , workforce , management , deputy chief management officer , chief information officer , Sharon Burke , Jared Serbu , Martin Dempsey

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:30pm EST
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DOD cuts furlough days, adds few exemptions

Civilian employees at the Defense Department will now face 11 days of furloughs beginning July 8. This is the second time the Pentagon has revised its furlough plan. Originally, the Pentagon called for 22 unpaid days off due to sequestration. That number was later reduced to 14. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement today at a town hall meeting with employees in Virginia.

Tags: furloughs , DoD , sequestration , Chuck Hagel

Tuesday - 05/14/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Obama salutes Panetta as he prepares to retire

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said farewell to the U.S. military Friday, capping a venerated public service career that spanned four decades calling it "the honor of my life."

Tags: Leon Panetta , DoD , President Barack Obama , CIA , Sen. Chuck Hagel

Sunday - 02/10/2013, 10:08am EST

US trade office bows to WTO ruling on Boeing

Tags: Boeing , NASA , contracting , trade

Monday - 09/24/2012, 08:57am EDT
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