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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia

    The United States will expand military training and exercises with Mongolia following the signing of an agreement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the close of his 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he authorized releasing details of the U.S. cyber warfare doctrine to China in a bid to win cooperation from Beijing. (Associated Press)

    Inside the Ring: Hagel releases cyber warfare plans to China

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in China this week that he had authorized releasing details of the U.S. cyber warfare doctrine unilaterally to China in a bid to win similar cooperation from Beijing.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

    The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

  • Accompanied by Commander of U.S. Force Japan Lt. Gen. Salvatore "Sam" Angelella, second from left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, walks on the tarmac of the Yokota Air Base, Japan, prior to his departure for Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7, 2014. Hagel is currently on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

    The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday with a tour for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of the country's first aircraft carrier, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about cyberattacks and other defense operations has been less successful.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017.  (AP Photo/Alex Wong/POOL)

    US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • Accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, reviews honor guards at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia. It is his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office.  (AP Photo/Alex Wong, POOL)

    U.S. sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, speaks during a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia, his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, POOL)

    Hagel to tour China's new aircraft carrier

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China's first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to members of a travel press pool, Friday, April 4, 2014, en route to Tokyo, from Honolulu. Hagel is en route to Japan, China and Mongolia. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel: US strongly committed to protecting Japan

    Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country's security.

  • Retired general taking another look at nuke corps

    Service leaders took an assessment last year of the nuclear Air Force as an encouraging thumbs-up. Yet, in the months that followed, signs emerged that the nuclear missile corps was suffering from breakdowns in discipline, morale, training and leadership.

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    Australia: Electronic signals detected by Chinese ship consistent with aircraft black box

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, center, is escorted by his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, right, as they inspect an honor guard at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, Hagel said Saturday he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country's security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    US to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017

    The U.S. will deploy two additional ballistic missile defense destroyers to Japan by 2017 as part of an effort to bolster protection from North Korean missile threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.

  • Investigator gave nuke force positive 2013 review

    A retired general chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as "thoroughly professional, disciplined" and performing effectively - an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging thumbs-up.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the closing news conference for a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hagel will next travel to Japan, China and Mongolia for his fourth Asian visit since he took office.  (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel: Too soon to draw conclusions from shooting

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says it's too soon to draw any broad conclusions about safety at U.S. military bases after the deadly shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Honolulu on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

    Asia leaders look to bolster unity, coordination

    Southeast Asian defense leaders pointed to Russia's recent annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as one example of why the Pacific nations must be more unified in the face of territorial disputes, U.S. officials said Thursday at the close of a three-day meeting.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel receives an update on the phone on the shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, as he was on a tour of the USS Anchorage, an amphibious transport dock ship, with his counterparts from Southeast Asia on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel: Shootings at Fort Hood a 'terrible tragedy'

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, a "terrible tragedy."

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