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October 3, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Casper Weinberger, chairman of Forbes Inc. and secretary of defense during the Reagan administration, will discuss his latest book, "In The Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century," at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive. Ticket prices, which include dinner after the lecture, are $30. For reservations, call 522-2977.
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OPINION
January 16, 2014 | By Andrew Gawthorpe
In his memoir, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reveals how unhappy he was to be leading the Pentagon in the Bush and Obama administrations. He was mad at Congress, furious with the White House and outraged by Pentagon bureaucrats. In fact, some days he was so angry he wasn't sure he could take it anymore. "All too often during my 4 1/2 years as secretary of Defense, when I found myself sitting yet again at that witness table at yet another congressional hearing, I was tempted to stand up, slam the briefing book shut and quit on the spot," Gates writes in one of the excerpts from his book that was made public before the book's release.
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NEWS
December 17, 1993 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton Thursday tapped retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman to be his next secretary of defense, choosing one of the most highly regarded members of the national security Establishment to replace Les Aspin. Inman will bring to the job "penetrating analysis, strong leadership and a rock-solid commitment to this nation's security," Clinton said in a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden as Inman, Aspin and national security adviser Anthony Lake looked on.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - President Obama has named Christine H. Fox to be acting deputy Defense secretary, making the former chief of weapons cost analysis the most senior woman in Pentagon history. Fox will replace Ashton Carter, who has stepped down. She was described by officials as a temporary choice while the search continues for a permanent deputy to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Her hiring reflects the administration's need to place an experienced manager in the Pentagon's second-ranking position at a time when it is facing steep budget cuts.
NEWS
December 17, 1993 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was almost like a premonition. After serving three decades in naval intelligence, as head of the National Security Agency and deputy director of the CIA, Bobby Ray Inman was retiring from government service 10 years ago and moving his family home to Texas. But his wife, Nancy, a longtime Easterner, seemed a bit reluctant, perhaps almost sure that someday they would return to Washington. "The joke," one longtime acquaintance said, "was that she drove to Texas with one foot on the brake."
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Doyle McManus
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for secretary of Defense, wasn't the most articulate candidate ever to appear before a Senate committee on Thursday. Hagel fumbled his way through questions about policy and his own past statements, questions that were all utterly expectable. He called Iran's repressive government “elected [and] legitimate.” (Prompted by a Democratic senator, he explained that he merely meant “recognizable.”) Asked to clarify whether he thought a nuclear Iran could be contained, he said: “We don't have a position on containment.” (Committee chairman Carl Levin of Michigan helpfully clarified the clarification: “We do not favor containment.”)
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of Defense, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of his views on Israel and Iran. White House officials said Friday afternoon that the president hadn't formally offered the job to Hagel, but others familiar with the process said that the announcement could come as soon as Monday By nominating a Republican to run the Defene Department, Obama gives his second-term national security team a bipartisan cast at a time when the White House is rapidly winding down the war in Afghanistan and planning for even deeper cuts in the defense budget.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - President Obama has named Christine H. Fox to be acting deputy Defense secretary, making the former chief of weapons cost analysis the most senior woman in Pentagon history. Fox will replace Ashton Carter, who has stepped down. She was described by officials as a temporary choice while the search continues for a permanent deputy to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Her hiring reflects the administration's need to place an experienced manager in the Pentagon's second-ranking position at a time when it is facing steep budget cuts.
NEWS
September 12, 1998
1995: Initial Sexual Encounters Monica Lewinsky began her White House employment as an intern in the Chief of Staff's office in July 1995. At White House functions in the following months, she made eye contact with the President. During the November 1995 government shutdown, the President invited her to his private study, where they kissed. Later that evening, they had a more intimate sexual encounter. They had another sexual encounter two days later, and a third one on New Year's Eve. A.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Herman Cain is no longer running for president. He doesn't think he's likely to be picked as the eventual nominee's running mate, either. But he does have a Cabinet post in mind should the GOP win the White House next fall: secretary of Defense. Cain shared the idea with ABC's Barbara Walters during her annual special on the "10 Most Fascinating People. " And the veteran journalist was just a bit surprised. (see video below) "What?!" she asked. "Not Treasury?" PHOTOS: Political scandals and gaffes of 2011 Cain said he thought he'd be a good pick because he wants to "influence rebuilding our military the way it should be. " Walters, still stunned, reminded Cain of his struggles during the campaign with topics like Libya.
OPINION
June 15, 2013 | Doyle McManus
As President Obama contemplates his many bad options in Syria, he may want to consider the Aspin Doctrine, an argument for intervention abroad made by President Clinton's first secretary of Defense, Les Aspin. In 1993, the Clinton administration was wrestling with a seemingly insoluble conflict in Bosnia, where Serbian-backed troops were besieging cities and slaughtering civilians. Aspin's advice was straightforward: Let's bomb the Serbs and see what happens. INSIDE SYRIA: More Times coverage Critics objected that military action would put the United States on a slippery slope toward deeper intervention, but Aspin rejected that thinking as outmoded.
WORLD
March 10, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - The often-volatile U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai grew increasingly strained Sunday as Karzai accused the United States and Taliban insurgents of having a secret understanding to foment violence as a pretext to keep foreign troops in Afghanistan. The comments were the latest - and perhaps the most baffling - broadside by the mercurial Afghan leader against one of his nation's closest allies, leaving U.S. officials privately fuming and publicly struggling to limit the fallout.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Doyle McManus
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for secretary of Defense, wasn't the most articulate candidate ever to appear before a Senate committee on Thursday. Hagel fumbled his way through questions about policy and his own past statements, questions that were all utterly expectable. He called Iran's repressive government “elected [and] legitimate.” (Prompted by a Democratic senator, he explained that he merely meant “recognizable.”) Asked to clarify whether he thought a nuclear Iran could be contained, he said: “We don't have a position on containment.” (Committee chairman Carl Levin of Michigan helpfully clarified the clarification: “We do not favor containment.”)
OPINION
January 8, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
Jews worry for a living. Their dark history and, in the case of American Jews, their legitimate concerns about the security of the state of Israel impel them to do so. But sometimes those concerns are overblown and reflect a kind of collective cosmic oy vey that gets in the way of sound and rational judgment. Such is the case in the matter of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Defense. Some of the comments attributed to Hagel about lobbies, Israel and the like come from an interview he gave me for my last book about American Middle East policy, particularly his use of the term "Jewish lobby.
NEWS
January 4, 2013 | By David S. Cloud and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of Defense, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of his views on Israel and Iran. White House officials said Friday afternoon that the president hadn't formally offered the job to Hagel, but others familiar with the process said that the announcement could come as soon as Monday By nominating a Republican to run the Defene Department, Obama gives his second-term national security team a bipartisan cast at a time when the White House is rapidly winding down the war in Afghanistan and planning for even deeper cuts in the defense budget.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Craig McNamara is a sustainable farming expert, organic walnut farmer in the Sacramento Valley town of Winters, founder of the nonprofit Center for Land-Based Learning and the California Farm Academy, and president of the state Board of Food and Agriculture, which advises state officials on farming policies. Organic food basket: At his Sierra Orchards, Craig McNamara makes extensive use of pro-environment and conservation techniques as he grows 450 acres of organic walnuts, presses organic olive oil from 150 trees that are more than a century old and helps his son raise hops for a local craft beer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2009 | Tim Rutten
No presidency in history has generated anything like the volume of memoirs, instant histories and tell-all exposés describing life in the government over which George W. Bush presided. Generations of scholars will pore over the volumes, attempting to separate the historical fodder from the self-serving chaff. Bradley Graham's "By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld" is among the handful of books likely to stand above mere topicality.
WORLD
December 15, 2011 | By David S. Cloud and Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Wednesday that security gains seen in parts of Afghanistan over the last year represented a "turning point" in the decade-old conflict. "We're moving in the right direction and we're winning this very tough conflict in Afghanistan," he told troops of the U.S. Army's 172nd Infantry Brigade at Forward Operating Base Sharana, about 30 miles from the Afghan-Pakistani border. U.S. officials generally have not explicitly claimed to be winning the conflict, mindful of insurgent attacks that continue to exact a heavy civilian toll, the stubborn resilience of the Taliban and other militant groups, Washington's deteriorating relations with Pakistan and the political woes of the administration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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