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 Congress & DoD

  1. An AGM-86B/C/D air-launched cruise missile can carry a nuclear or conventional warhead. Air Force

    Foundation of U.S. nuclear system showing cracks

    The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' Armed Services panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  2. Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, left, commander of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Sayed Maloukon Oct. 27. Yoo is confident Afghan forces can maintain security as Marines there depart. Staff Sgt. John Jackson/Marine Corps

    1-star has confidence in Afghan security after leaving Helmand

    Days after handing over all security duties to local forces, the head of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan said he believes that Afghans have good control of their country.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  3. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presents the very first Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal to 1st Lt. Victoria Fort, a missile combat crew instructor from the 91st Missile Wing, on Wednesday at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during Air Force Global Strike Command's 2014 Global Strike Challenge. Airman 1st Class Mozer O. Da Cunha / Air Force

    James presents first round of Air Force nuclear service medals

    The Air Force this week presented the first round of Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medals, with leadership using the award to highlight a group of airmen in the beleaguered nuclear missile community.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, alleges that Joint Special Operations Command unsuccessfully tried to make a payment in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release. AP

    Hunter: JSOC led botched ransom attempt for Bergdahl

    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has accused Joint Special Operations Command of leading a botched effort to pay a ransom to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Austin

    CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq

    The four-star commander of war operations in Iraq and Syria said politics is the key to defeating the Islamic militants there — and more U.S. troops will not necessarily help resolve the complex sectarian conflict roiling the two nations.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  4. Marines don and clear their gas masks before entering a gas chamber. Lance Cpl. John McCall / Marine Corps

    Report: 600-plus U.S. troops say they were exposed to chemical weapons

    More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs luanch flares Aug. 18 over southern Georgia. Sen. John McCain says the Air Force won't be able to retire the A-10 Warthog ground attack jet now that he's in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter / Air Force

    Sen. John McCain vows to save A-10 from retirement

    Sen. John McCain says the Air Force won't be able to retire the A-10 Warthog ground attack jet now that he's in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  5. Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill talks at the Greater Green Bay Chamber's annual dinner. Greenbay Press-Gazette

    Report: Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden revealed

    The former Navy SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden has been identified ahead of a highly anticipated Fox News interview in which he is expected to discuss his role in the historic raid, according to multiple news sources.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    President Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama fills up lame duck agenda; will seek Islamic State AUMF

    President Obama on Wednesday said he wants this Congress in its final weeks to formally approve US strikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  6. Obama: More work needed to improve veterans care

    President Obama is telling the Veterans Affairs Department it needs to keep working to improve services, health care and accountability for veterans.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  7. A USAID safe-burial team trained to handle the bodies of those infected with Ebola works on Sept. 26 in Monrovia, Liberia. AFRICOM

    Obama seeks $6.2 billion for Ebola fight

    President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    Next year's Congress will boast the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yet, even as the overall number of lawmakers with military experience continues to decline. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Younger veterans heading to Congress in bigger numbers

    Next year's Congress will boast the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yet, even as the overall number of lawmakers with military experience continues to decline.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    John McCain will likely become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yuriy Kirnichny / AFP

    After Election Day, familiar faces in new places on Senate defense committees

    For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election — but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    Republican Joni Ernst's campaign image as a gun-carrying, hog-castrating country lawmaker and veteran may quickly take on a different look — one of a stateswoman in the U.S. Senate's new GOP majority. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Veteran Ernst pivots to Senate, as Iowa GOP tightens hold

    Republican Joni Ernst's campaign image as a gun-carrying, hog-castrating country lawmaker and veteran may quickly take on a different look — one of a stateswoman in the U.S. Senate's new GOP majority.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  8. Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said that the Air Force can't move forward on the 2015 cuts until the budget is resolved. Air Force

    Stalled budget holding up decisions on 2015 force cuts

    The Air Force is waiting for Congress to sort out the fiscal 2015 budget before deciding what kind of force management programs it will need this year.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
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    Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. salutes his supporters at his election watch party Nov. 4 in North Little Rock, Ark. Cotton defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor. Danny Johnston / AP

    Army vet Tom Cotton elected to U.S. Senate

    Veteran Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas lost his seat Tuesday to a freshman House Republican, putting the GOP a step closer to its goal of controlling the Senate for the first time in eight years.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
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    The Pentagon is warning that keeping the A-10 from retirement could delay the F-35A going operational, but a leading defense voice in Congress disagrees. Master Sgt. Ben Bloker/ / Air Force

    Sen. Ayotte: Linking A-10 to F-35 delays 'false choice'

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, the top defender of the A-10 Warthog in Congress, is hitting back at Pentagon claims that keeping the close-air support plane around could cause the F-35 to arrive late for the Air Force.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  9. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, U.S. European Command commander and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Supreme Allied commander, holds a media briefing Nov. 3 at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    EUCOM chief: More troops, gear needed to deter Russia

    The top U.S. general in Europe wants to increase U.S. rotational forces in Eastern Europe and stockpile more military equipment across the continent in response to continued aggressive moves by the Russian military.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  10. Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, has written a letter reminding operators not talk about their missions. Navy

    Naval Special Warfare sailors reminded not to seek fame or money

    The head of Naval Special Warfare Command and its senior enlisted sailor have reminded SEALs and other special operators to stay out of the limelight.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    A number of state ballot measures affect troops, vets or their families

    Voters on Election Day will be deciding on a number of ballot propositions that, if passed, could have as profound an effect on their lives as who becomes their next senator, representative or governor.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. speaks July 9 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coburn requested a Government Accountability Office report which showed nearly 60,000 veterans collected more than $3.5 billion in 2013 in military retirement pay, disability benefits from Veterans Affairs and disability checks from Social Security. Coburn said officials should fulfill promises to veterans, but work to streamline duplicative programs. Susan Walsh/AP

    Report says 60,000 veterans get triple benefits

    Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  11. A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center. Nick Oze/The Arizona Republic

    E-mails: VA secretary sought changes in Phoenix report

    A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    • Congress & DOD
    Concerns over risky aerial engagements between the U.S. and China were spotlighted after a Chinese fighter jet came within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon plane over the South China Sea in August. MC2 Mike DiMestico / DoD

    New U.S. general seeks China air safety dialogue

    The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific said Saturday she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.

    • Nov. 3, 2014

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