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  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

  • US faces shortcomings in coalition-building for anti-IS war story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:43 pm

    WASHINGTON - To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials are acknowledging that this supposed source of strength has its own weaknesses.

  • Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:33 pm

    TORONTO - Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

  • Missouri WWII veteran says he was exposed to mustard gas 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 3:01 pm

    ST. LOUIS - In the final days of World War II, an 18-year-old Army private from Missouri named Arla Wayne Harrell was sent to Camp Crowder in the southwest corner of the state, where he said he was twice exposed to mustard gas.

  • Former New Jersey mayor wants brother's remains returned 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 11:25 am

    CLAYTON, New Jersey - Gene Costill has a lot to be proud of.

  • Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.

  • In Obama's final year, Senate is slow to act on his nominees 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - If you wear combat fatigues to work, then your nomination is almost sure to sail through the Senate. If not, you're likely in for a long wait.

  • Leader of Maine National Guard promoted to brigadier general 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:01 am

    AUGUSTA, Maine - The leader of the Maine National Guard is now a brigadier general.

  • Defense secretary says plan focuses on high-end ships 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 7:39 pm

    SAN DIEGO - The Pentagon's budget plan over the next five years will focus on investing in more high-end Naval ships and a newly modified defense missile able to also target ships at long range, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.

  • Fort Sill to trim civilian jobs, some military positions 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 4:51 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Army artillery post in southwest Oklahoma is expected to trim civilian jobs and some military positions but still have a net gain of more than 400 active-duty military personnel by the end of next year.

  • Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 12:43 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia's military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and weapons on NATO's nervous eastern flank.

  • Generals say women should have to register for draft story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the draft.

  • US proposes more Pentagon funding for Europe aid, equipment story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia.

  • 4 ex-Blackwater contractors appeal convictions in shootings story has photos
    Updated: Feb-01-16 8:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - Four former Blackwater security contractors found guilty in a deadly Baghdad shooting appealed their convictions on Monday, saying a key witness against them had changed his testimony after the trial and that prosecutors lacked jurisdiction to even bring the case.

  • Pentagon chief seeks to improved family leave, child care 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members.

  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

  • Tickets on sale for Division II Elite Eight women's tourney 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 12:55 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight tournament in Sioux Falls.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Gutted? Disaster? GOP hyperbole on military story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 12:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio maintains that President Barack Obama is more interested in providing money to Planned Parenthood than for the nation's armed forces. The front-runner in the GOP race, Donald Trump, says the U.S. military is a "disaster." Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the Obama administration has "gutted" every weapons system in the U.S. military's inventory.

  • Maine to consider self-defense immunity for National Guard 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 4:01 am

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's veterans department wants state lawmakers to pass a bill that provides civil and criminal immunity to Maine National Guard members who act in self-defense while on duty.

  • Air Force withheld nuclear mishap from Pentagon review team story has photos
    Updated: Jan-23-16 3:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - In the spring of 2014, as a team of experts was examining what ailed the U.S. nuclear force, the Air Force withheld from them the fact that it was simultaneously investigating damage to a nuclear-armed missile in its launch silo caused by three airmen.

  • Obama enlists Pentagon to overhaul security clearance system 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 7:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asked the Pentagon on Friday to help overhaul the federal security clearance system, aiming to turn the page on a devastating data breach that exposed a major vulnerability for U.S. national security.

  • Defense Department says some bases won't accept Wash. IDs 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 5:18 pm

    SEATTLE - The Department of Defense says some military installations will no longer accept driver's licenses from Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico, as proof of identity.

  • Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 10:23 am

    DAVOS, Switzerland - Iraq's prime minister appealed Friday to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and instead provide training and equipment to fight the Islamic State group, which he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted is losing ground.

  • Prisoner refuses to leave Guantanamo as 2 depart for Balkans 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 6:17 pm

    MIAMI - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base in Cuba, rejecting an offer to be resettled in an unfamiliar new country.

  • Army nominee says he doesn't support demoting Gen. Petraeus 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 2:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's nominee to be the Army's top civilian official said Thursday he doesn't support demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus and believes that no further action should be taken against the former CIA director.