May 15, 2013 — The retraining order follows word that another member of the military who is supposed to investigate sexual assaults is instead under investigation himself. It also follows a survey that estimated about 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted last year.
Mar 12, 2013 — Though an officer was convicted by a military panel, that decision was overturned. The secretary of defense says he does not have the authority to step in, and has asked for recommendations on whether the Uniform Code of Military Justice needs to be amended.
Mar 10, 2013 — The allegations come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his first visit to the nation as Pentagon Chief - and after a deadly explosion in Kabul on Saturday that the Taliban called a message to the new defense secretary.
Mar 9, 2013 — A bomb exploded near the Defense Ministry in Kabul Saturday morning as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting in Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility, calling it a message to the new Pentagon chief.
Feb 27, 2013 — After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has taken over the top job at the Pentagon.
Feb 19, 2013 — Two more senators have announced their retirement. One was totally expected: the decision by 89-year old Frank Lautenberg of N.J. But the decision by Nebraska's Mike Johanns surprised everyone. Plus: latest update in Illinois 02.
Feb 13, 2013 — Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary came just short of the required 60 that would have allowed it to proceed to a final vote. The vote, largely along party lines, was 58 to 40, with one senator voting present. Further action is expected later in February.
Feb 12, 2013 — The nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary has been the most contested of President Obama's picks so far.
Jan 31, 2013 — "My overall worldview has never changed," said the former senator, who has been nominated to be secretary of defense.
Jan 31, 2013 — The former Nebraska senator faces the Senate Armed Services Committee. After some initial doubts, the conventional wisdom in Washington is that he's likely to be confirmed. But Hagel will face some sharp questions about his views on key issues.