Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak on the steps of the Pentagon. Mr. Hagel and Mr. Siemoniak will host a joint press briefing at 11:15 a.m. The meeting comes just as Poland is preparing to take the lead on a Baltic Air Policing mission that provides security to NATO's Eastern European allies.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Pentagon on the steps of the Pentagon. Mr. Ki-moon's visit to the Pentagon comes on the heels of a U.N. Security Council unanimous approval to maintain a 12,000-strong peace keeping force for the Central African Republic. Maggie Ybarra/The Washington Times
Lockheed Martin Corp. security personnel guard the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a workhorse aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and Marines, which received the funding President Obama requested, as well as $465 million for an alternate engine the Pentagon does not want. (Associated Press)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
**FILE** Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, questions former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, during his confirmation hearing before the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey follows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after a news conference at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where Hagel recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. Dempsey said Wednesday that the impasse over a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan is encouraging the enemy to take bold actions and could lead some Afghan forces to align with the Taliban to “hedge their bets.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2014 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the US the White House said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)