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  • US combat death in Iraq reflects intensifying war story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 10:48 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

  • Nurse who refused to force feed at Guantanamo back to duty 
    Updated: May-03-16 9:05 pm

    MIAMI - A Navy nurse has been allowed to resume full medical duties by the military nearly two years after he refused to take part in force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his lawyer said Tuesday.

  • Move over drones, driverless cars - unmanned ship up next story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 9:07 am

    SAN DIEGO - It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday - ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.

  • Q&A: When is a Boot on the Ground not a Boot on the Ground? story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 6:45 am

    WASHINGTON - No one disputes that U.S. military forces are fighting in combat in Iraq and Syria -- except maybe President Barack Obama and some members of his administration.

  • US defense chief: NATO ponders ground force in Baltics 
    Updated: May-02-16 4:43 pm

    STUTTGART, Germany - The NATO alliance is considering establishing a rotational ground force in the Baltic states and possibly Poland, reflecting deepening worry about Russian military assertiveness, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

  • Ban on female guards to be lifted in 9/11 case at Guantanamo story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 6:40 pm

    MIAMI - The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay said in a ruling this week that he will eventually lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact with the five defendants while transporting them around the U.S. base in Cuba.

  • Senior Pentagon official criticizes House Benghazi probe 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 5:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon official criticized the House Republican-led investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, saying the panel has made a "crescendo" of costly, duplicative and unnecessary requests, including some based on claims made on Facebook or talk radio.

  • 16 blamed for mistakes in deadly US attack on Afghan clinic story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-29-16 4:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - Human error, violations of combat rules and untimely equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior American general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

  • US beefs up surveillance over Islamic State in Libya 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 6:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. has moved surveillance drones into the skies over Libya to gather intelligence and get a better picture of what's going on in case additional military strikes against Islamic State militants are authorized.

  • Defense secretary investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 5:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in an effort to derail a contentious bill that would change the way the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • Haley: Feds have left South Carolina in dark on Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 2:02 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday criticized the federal government for keeping her in the dark about plans to potentially transfer Guantanamo detainees to South Carolina, telling a U.S. House panel that she has heard no details about what she says could be detrimental for her state.

  • Made-in-USA provision included in military spending proposal 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 12:02 pm

    Two New England members of Congress say they're making progress in their effort to make the Defense Department buy U.S.-made sneakers.

  • Army studies 38-acre Arlington National Cemetery expansion 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 6:45 pm

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - The Army is beginning a yearlong environmental assessment of a proposed 38-acre expansion of Arlington National Cemetery that it hopes will extend the life of the facility by 20 years.

  • Carter calls Republican plan to shift wartime money flawed story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.

  • Man sentenced to prison in slaying of US official in Niger 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 12:28 am

    NEW YORK - A Malian national who escaped from prison twice after being charged with killing a U.S. Defense Department official and wounding a U.S. Marine during a 2000 carjacking in Niger was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison.

  • Democrats dispute claim that shielding birds hurts military 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 8:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday released letters from Pentagon officials that they said should put an end to "silly speculation" generated by Republicans that protecting a bird known as the greater sage-grouse could hamstring the U.S. military.

  • Senator says fighter program has been scandal and tragedy 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 12:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's record on cost, schedule and performance has been a scandal and a tragedy, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told senior Pentagon officials Tuesday during a withering critique of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. military history.

  • Armed Services chief lays out risky strategy for budget hike 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to halt an erosion of the U.S. military's combat readiness, a senior House Republican unveiled legislation Monday that would boost the defense budget by billions of dollars to pay for additional ships, jet fighters, helicopters and more.

  • A Washington ritual: Pentagon, Congress at odds over bases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 2:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings. The case goes like this: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.

  • US acknowledges another 20 civilian deaths in Syria, Iraq 
    Updated: Apr-22-16 1:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - U.S. airstrikes aimed at Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq killed 20 civilians between September and February, including eight in a single attack on a mortar position used by militants, the U.S. military said Friday.

  • Clean up to begin at national monument aircraft crash site 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 4:26 pm

    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The military will finally clean up the site where a drone aircraft crashed in 2014 at White Sands National Monument.

  • Sending more US troops to Iraq fits a 2-year pattern story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 2:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's decision to send still more American troops to Iraq, and to put military advisers closer to the front lines against the Islamic State, fits a pattern of ever-deepening involvement in a country whose war Obama exited with supposed finality in December 2011.

  • Senators call on Obama to investigate sexual assault cases 
    Updated: Apr-19-16 11:35 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Barack Obama is being urged by two U.S. senators to investigate whether the Pentagon misled Congress with information about sexual assault cases in an effort to undercut support for a Senate bill that senior military officials steadfastly oppose.

  • Congress considering US-made footwear for military 
    Updated: Apr-17-16 12:26 pm

    SKOWHEGAN, Maine - A bill in Congress would require the Department of Defense to provide U.S.-made footwear to personnel.

  • Nellis base welcomes 57th Wing's first woman commander 
    Updated: Apr-16-16 5:09 pm

    LAS VEGAS - Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada welcomed the first woman leader of the 57th Wing when Brig. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt took command in a ceremony, The Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ) reported.