Chuck Hagel

PSD's Birchall: PM's visit to the US underscores importance of continuing to consolidate strategic partnership

MP Ana Birchall of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), high representative of Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta for European affairs and partnership with the US, has underscored the importance of continuing to consolidate the existing strategic partnership between Romania and the US, both on a military and on an economic level.

Obama to name Ashton Carter as defense secretary: White House

President Barack Obama on Dec. 5 will name former Pentagon deputy chief Ashton Carter to be his new defense secretary, a White House official said.

If confirmed Carter would replace Chuck Hagel, who announced his resignation last month. Carter served as deputy defense secretary under Leon Panetta from October 2011 to December 2013.