Hagel and Kerry Need to Give Obama Suit-and-Tie Advice

Washington has been abuzz for the past 24 hours about President Obama’s suit choice during a rather important press conference Thursday afternoon that primarily focused on the threat posed by Islamic State militants. This town, right?!? The suit actually wasn’t a bad choice. After all, a tan-colored summer suit on one of the hottest days of the year is a good move.…

VIDEO: Inside Raytheon’s SM-3, SM-6 Missile Interceptor Factory

HUNTSVILLE, ALA — In a one-story gray building with a bright red pin striping about two-thirds of the way up its side, a nondescript 70,000 square-foot factory sits behind three 21-foot tall missiles. Tucked inside the fences of the Redstone Arsenal — a sprawling Army base just minutes from downtown Huntsville — is where defense giant Raytheon assembles ship-launched missile interceptors,…

NATO Secretary General to Visit Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit Ukraine Thursday for meetings with Petro Poroshenko, the country’s president, amid high tensions with Russia, who the alliance says is continuing to mass troops near the Ukrainian border. In addition to Poroshenko, Rasmussen is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkin,…

Chuck Hagel: The Best Dressed in President Obama’s Cabinet (Updated)

(Updated July 28, 2014, with video from a Defense News Minute) In a city where the powerful often wear boring, dark-color suits, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel bucks that trend. The Nebraskan can often be found wearing bright-colored socks, slick power ties and casual kicks that have made the man in charge of the world’s most powerful…

DoD OCO Requests $700M for Bombs and Ammo

As the congressional oversight panels continue their review of the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request, much of the focus has been on the high-profile items, such as a $4 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund and $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe. But the request includes $53 billion…

Hagel to Visit US Submarine, Fighter, Helicopter Bases

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will leave Wednesday on a two-day domestic trip that includes a stop at the much-watched F-35 joint strike fighter schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle. During the visit, Hagel plans to stress the Pentagon’s commitment to the multinational, multiservice program, despite the fleet being grounded following a…