| Jan 16, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Water leaks stain the ceiling of Irving L. Branch Elementary School. Electrical wiring is exposed, and students are careful to avoid cracks in the playground's asphalt.
"We need new stuff," sixth-grader Damian Rattler said recently while sitting in a...
| Jan 11, 2015
As an Army Reserve physician triaging the care of arriving wounded at the combat support hospital on Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, for half of 2008, Joe Heck said he saw "exactly how well joint operations can work."
Where the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force was...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 9:22 AM
With 2014 rapidly drawing to a conclusion, it's only appropriate to begin to take stock of the year ahead.
An eventful year has passed on the Peninsula and throughout Virginia. What will 2015 bring? Here's what we expect.
| Nov 24, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe emerged from a long morning meeting with state industry leaders concerned about "head winds" facing Virginia's economy, but mum on how his administration will react when it releases a new state budget draft next month.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 6:04 PM
The aircraft carrier business has done more than boost the bottom line of Newport News Shipbuilding. It has almost certainly kept Hampton Roads out of a recession.
That observation, backed by data that illustrates the shipyard's striking influence in...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Defense spending -- and particularly the way the Pentagon buys things -- needs a sharp eye, says Suzanne Patrick, the Democrat who is challenging Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, in November.
But funding a powerful blue-water Navy is a priority,...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 2:17 PM
A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill.
House and Senate negotiators,...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Lisa Foust was in for a doozy of a Christmas Eve: a full day's work, then piling presents in the car and making a more than five-hour drive home to North Carolina.
Then President Barack Obama gave federal workers an extra day off Dec. 26. That allowed...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 10:05 AM
In a blunt letter to Congress, nearly 100 retired Navy and Marine Corps leaders on Wednesday warned of dire consequences to the U.S. fleet unless Congress pumps billions of additional dollars into shipbuilding, repair and maintenance.
The letter comes...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 10:52 PM
To the editor: It is a bit difficult to take seriously the foreign-policy suggestions of someone with John Bolton's fierce partisan history. ("A foreign affairs to-do list for the GOP," Op-Ed, Nov. 13)
Bolton makes some sensible observations. But his...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:55 PM
— The first known case of Ebola contracted in the United States is giving urgency to moves by lawmakers to boost funding for a response after years of cuts to federal prevention and research budgets.
With health officials raising the prospect of...