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McCain blocks Obama's pick for diplomatic post

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is blocking the confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to be America's second-highest ranked diplomat. McCain says Tony Blinken, Obama's deputy national security adviser, is "totally unqualified" to serve as Secretary of State John Kerry's understudy.…

December 04, 2014 9:35 amLoading…
Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Chuck Hagel is the first senior Obama adviser to leave the administration following the midterm elections.

November 24, 2014 9:47 amLoading…
Retiring the Air Force's star player is a mistake, A-10 supporters say

Retiring the Air Force's star player is a mistake, A-10 supporters say

To Tom Norris, a former Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II combat pilot, the Pentagon’s plan to retire the “Warthog” in the next few years is like a coach benching a team’s best player.

March 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Steller: Why Ally Miller makes for good copy, and more politics

Steller: Why Ally Miller makes for good copy, and more politics

Why do we Tucson reporters love to cover Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller so much?

March 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
A-10's prowess touted as pressure grows to retire jet

A-10's prowess touted as pressure grows to retire jet

The time-tested A-10 “Warthog” — the aircraft that comprises the bulk of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s operations — was both doted on and deemed ready for discharge Wednesday in the first Senate hearing on a military budget plan that seeks to retire the aging plane.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Defense firms plan own furloughs amid shutdown

Lockheed Martin Corp., the biggest U.S. government contractor, said Friday it has identified about 3,000 employees for furloughs on Monday because of the partial government shutdown.

October 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama delays Syria vote, says diplomacy may work

WASHINGTON — President Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday night that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Bash…

September 11, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Hagel to broach topic of cyberthreats with Chinese

ABOARD A U.S. AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with members of a Chinese delegation this weekend and likely talk about ongoing cyberthreats amid new reports that China used computer-based attacks to access data from dozens of Pentagon weapons programs and other defense tech…

May 30, 2013 9:03 pmLoading…

Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels who have been locked in a civil war with the Syrian regime for more than two years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, becoming the first top U.S. official to publicly acknowledge the reassessment.

May 02, 2013 9:05 pmLoading…

New cybermedal is being reviewed, production stopped

WASHINGTON — The military has stopped production of a new medal for remote warfare troops — drone operators and cyber warfighters — as it considers complaints from veterans and lawmakers over the award, which was ranked higher than traditional combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

March 12, 2013 9:05 pmLoading…

US must decide what its mission in Afghanistan is

Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost.

February 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama, Hagel agree on overarching philosophy

In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel, who had just finished two terms as a U.S. senator, went to the White House to visit with the friend he had made during the four years they overlapped in the Senate.

January 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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