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World Aug 07Obama weighs airstrikes, aid as humanitarian crisis builds in Iraq
President Barack Obama huddled with his national security team Thursday morning to discuss the crisis as the Islamic State group made further gains. Airstrikes in particular would mark a significant shift in the U.S. strategy in Iraq, where the military…
World Aug 05At least one American killed in Afghan attack
A U.S. official says "about a dozen" of the victims of an Afghan insider attack on Tuesday were Americans, and at least one American was killed.
Nation Jul 14Former Taliban captive Bergdahl returns to Army duty
WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday with a desk job that makes him available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance…
Politics Jun 12Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday
A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday.
Nation Jun 11Air Force to offer medals, money, modernization to boost ‘decrepit’ nuclear missile force
After a string of recent training failures, security missteps, leadership lapses, morale problems and stunning discipline breakdowns in the Air Force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has demanded action to restore public confidence in the nation's nuclear force.
World May 01Russia now an adversary, NATO official says
WASHINGTON -- NATO's second-ranking official says Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine have compelled the U.S.-led alliance to start treating Russia as more of an enemy than a partner.
Nation Apr 04Cheating nuclear force described as ‘thoroughly professional’ in 2013
A retired general chosen to explore flaws in U.S. nuclear forces signed off one year ago on a study describing the nuclear Air Force as "thoroughly professional, disciplined" and performing effectively - an assessment service leaders interpreted as an encouraging…
Politics Mar 28Four ‘librarians’ at core of nuclear cheating ring
Investigators dubbed them "the librarians," four Air Force nuclear missile launch officers at the center of a still-unfolding scandal over cheating on proficiency tests. "They tended to be at the hub" of illicit exchanges of test information, said Adam Lowther,…
Nation Mar 14High marks for cooks lifted rating for cheating nuclear missile operators at Minot
Airmen responsible for missile operations at Minot Air Force Base would have failed their portion of a major inspection in March 2013 but managed a "marginal" rating because their poor marks were blended with the better performance of support staff…
Politics Feb 24Hagel proposes downsizing Army to smallest size in decades
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is recommending shrinking the Army to its smallest size in decades in an effort to balance defense needs with budget realities, according to defense officials.