FILE - Col. Elspeth Ritchie, a doctor in the Office of the Army Surgeon General, discusses efforts to study and understand suicide among American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, in this May 29, 2008 file photo, during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Pentagon plans to release a report Friday April 25, 2014on military suicides. But those numbers differ a bit from the totals provided by the services because of complicated accounting changes in how the department counts suicides by reservists. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - This Feb. 7, 2014 file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds a briefing at the Pentagon. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other non-lethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia’s “dangerously irresponsible” efforts to destabilize the country, Hagel said Thursday. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that he telephoned Ukraine’s acting defense minister to tell him that President Barack Obama had approved the assistance, which does not include weapons. Hagel said the Obama administration will “continue to review” additional aid requested by Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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)