In other news Tuesday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai warned security forces they have a challenging year ahead, as the U.S. military begins its withdrawal. He said they must be able to secure the entire nation by 2014. Also, the nominee for head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned against constricting military spending too much. Continue reading
The Defense Department is waging a battle over the increasing price of its new stealth aircraft program. Kwame Holman reports on why the Joint Strike Fighter program, which was supposed to save the military money, is taking fire in Washington. Continue reading
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, whose words have been parsed over the past weeks as the presidential campaign focuses on foreign policy, discusses the success of the surge and his opinion that troops would have to be withdrawn from Iraq before added to Afghanistan in a significant way. Continue reading
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Friday that an independent panel will be formed to review problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, with a report due in 45 days. Ray Suarez reports on Gates’ call for action and change at the medical center.