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August 2013

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Hagel Praises 'Unbreakable' U.S.-Philippine Alliance

On the last stop of what he called a "very productive" trip to four countries in Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Philippine government and defense leaders and later paid his respects to U.S. troops laid to rest at the Manila American Cemetery. Story

Defense Ministers End Meeting with Joint Declaration

Eighteen defense ministers from nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region sat together after their meeting in Brunei, each in turn signing a joint declaration that reaffirms their commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and to working together peacefully and cooperatively for a better future. Story

Secretary Meets with ASEAN Defense Ministers

On the first day of Southeast Asia's most important annual defense ministerial conference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, with his counterparts from the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 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