Hagel defended administration plans to downsize the military in its new budget proposal.
"It is the smallest Army since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1950," Graham said.
Republicans say reductions are foolish, given the effects of previous post-war drawdowns.
It's hawk vs. hawk when it comes to the new defense budget cuts.
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) slammed the National Security Agency after reports that its surveillance program capture images from users’ webcams.
“We are extremely troubled by today's press report that a very large number of individuals — including law-abiding Americans — may have had private videos of themselves and their families intercepted and stored without any suspicion of wrongdoing,” the senators said in a joint statement Friday.
“We know we can save significant amounts of money just by setting up things like contract courts, which require ... contracting officers to come in every year and justify the contracts,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Friday morning.
Al Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan is plotting a comeback once U.S. and NATO troops leave the country.
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a veterans bill from moving forward as the two sides clashed once again over amendments.
In a near party-line 56-41 vote, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed to end debate on the legislation from Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Two Republicans, Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.), voted with the Democrats.
“Right now looking forward I don’t see any possibility of overturning it,” Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Thursday.
Veterans groups blasted the Senate on Thursday as a large veterans bill was blocked over a partisan dispute on amendments.