U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is outlining his vision of a smaller, better-equipped military while anticipating tough choices about some multibillion-dollar weapons systems that declining Pentagon budgets may force President Barack Obama’s administration to make.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today argued for troop reductions to preserve spending on advanced technology from defense contractors amid more than $500 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled through 2023.
Iran is furnishing new, more deadly weapons to Shiite Muslim militias targeting U.S. troops in Iraq as part of a pattern of renewed attempts to exert influence in the region, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon may have to cut pay, benefits and the size of the armed forces to reduce costs while protecting weapons programs such as Lockheed Martin Corp .’s F-35 fighter jet.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon needs to save money by further reducing a “cumbersome” U.S. military hierarchy, setting up potential battles with members of Congress who support targeted programs.