Secretary of Defense

  • Defense secretary departures leave vacuum, Vacancies Act complications

    Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, chief executive of the Punaro Group, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to sort it out.

  • Probe clears acting defense head of alleged bias in Pentagon

    A U.S. official says the Pentagon’s watchdog agency has cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co.

  • GAO: Cuts to IRS workforce making audits difficult

    In today’s Federal Newscast, staffing cuts at the IRS have limited its ability to conduct audits, according to the Government Accountability Office.

  • Mattis’ permanent replacement likely to face close scrutiny

    President Donald Trump’s largely unknown choice for acting Pentagon chief moves into the military hot seat

  • After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned

    Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Mattis resignation, Trump pushes Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned

  • Trump’s DefSec: How do you like me now?

    The next defense secretary can expect lots of pressure from Capitol Hill, which in turn will find itself under minor siege by defense industry lobbyists.

  • Panetta announces new Senior Executive appointments

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced new Senior Executive Service assignments.

  • U.S. – Russian Partnership

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says the possibility of a U.S.-Russian partnership on missile defense have improved because Moscow is becoming more concerned about Iran. The defense secretary told senators Tuesday that U.S. offers to put radar or data exchange centers in Russia are among the options being discussed. Russian and U.S. officials are working intensively on a successor deal to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, which expires in December. Negotiators are aiming for some results by the time Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosts President Barack Obama July 6-8 in Moscow.