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October 2013

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Hagel Says NATO’s Afghanistan Planning On Track

While a bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan should be completed “the sooner the better,” NATO and U.S. planning has continued to focus on a follow-on mission to train, advise and Afghan forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Story

Hagel Marks 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is in Brussels meeting with NATO defense ministers, has issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. Story

Defense Leaders Gather at ‘Inflection Point’

NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels as the alliance faces what many call an inflection point: how to preserve hard-earned NATO operational capabilities while winding down operations in Afghanistan over the coming months. 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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