The Pentagon will unveil its 2015 budget proposal this week, beginning a contentious fight with Capitol Hill over the military’s spending priorities.
The Afghan president expressed gratitude to the American people in an interview.
NATO said military action against Ukraine would amount to a breach of international law.
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.