Department of Defense

Defense Secretary Hagel Visits Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, is greeted by U.S. Army Brigadier General Mark W. Gillette, right, U.S. defense attaché to China, and Chinese military officers in Qingdao, China, April 7.

On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the People’s Liberation Army allowed him to become the first foreign visitor to tour the refitted Russian aircraft carrier — the PLA’s first — called Liaoning.

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U.S. Officials on Launch of Global Health Security Agenda

Welcome to this telebriefing where we’ll be discussing the launch of a new global health security initiative which we all hope will make the world a safer place.

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Cape Ray Conducts Final Sea Trials for Syria Mission

The container ship MV Cape Ray rests dockside in Portsmouth, Virginia, before departing for its final sea trials.Aerial view of large cargo ship at dock (AP Images)

The U.S. Military Sealift Command container ship MV Cape Ray left Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 10 to conduct its final sea trials in preparation for its mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons.

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U.S. Army to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons Aboard Ship

Frank Kendall at podium in front of large ship (DOD/C. Todd Lopez)

Some 64 U.S. Army specialists are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard an American-owned ship, the Cape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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Australia, U.S. to Expand Defense, Space Cooperation

From left: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bishop, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, Australian Defence Minister Johnston and U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel at Arlington National Cemetery

Australia and the United States are expanding cooperation in areas concerning defense and space, U.S. officials said at a November 20 press briefing after consultations with their Australian counterparts at the annual Australia-U.S. ministerial meeting.

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U.S., Russia Can Make Bilateral Progress, DOD Official Says

Official portrait of Evelyn N. Farkas (DOD)

The U.S. and Russia disagree on some aspects of their bilateral relations, but there are many areas where the countries can and do cooperate, Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas told the Heritage Foundation.

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Hagel Arrives in Brussels for NATO Defense Meetings

Chuck Hagen

Defense Secretary Hagel arrived in Brussels to join NATO and partner defense ministers for discussions on topics including Afghanistan, cybersecurity, a possible Libya training mission and collective defense.

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U.S. Presses for Corroborating Facts on Chemical Weapons in Syria

Chuck Hagel

The U.S. government says its intelligence assessments indicate “with varying degrees of confidence” that the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

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Hagel Orders Unit to Jordan, Warns About Intervention in Syria

Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Hagel announced the deployment of an Army headquarters element to help Jordanian forces defend their border with Syria, while warning Congress of potential consequences of direct U.S. military action in Syria.

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Europe Remains Strategically Vital to U.S., Admiral Says

The top U.S. commander in Europe emphasized the importance of NATO and the United States’ forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments.

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