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April 2013

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Secretary, Crown Prince Discuss Defense Cooperation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first trip to the Middle East included a visit and official dinner with Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces. Story

Hagel: Intel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

The U.S. intelligence community assesses with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons -- specifically the nerve-agent sarin -- on a small scale in that violence-torn nation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Story

Hagel Talks with Troops in Southwest Asia

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with troops at an air base in Southwest Asia and answered questions on topics ranging from budget cuts and tuition assistance to the Asia-Pacific rebalance. Story

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About the Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck Hagel took the oath of office to serve as the 24th defense secretary at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013, becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Defense Department. Hagel served in the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska from 1996 to 2009. Following his Senate career, Hagel served as co-chairman of President Barack Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board and as a member of the department's Defense Policy Board. Biography

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