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  • U.S. airstrikes remain crucial to Afghan forces in Taliban battles

    U.S. airstrikes remain crucial to Afghan forces in Taliban battles
    For several days, Taliban fighters barricaded on a mountaintop lobbed rockets at the remote town of Sangar in the valley below. Residents fled while police holed up in their outposts and begged superiors for help. At a sprawling base about 100 miles...
  • Data -- including open government data -- could fuel innovation in Hampton Roads

    Data -- including open government data -- could fuel innovation in Hampton Roads
    Our highly computerized and online world is creating massive amounts of data. Now, Hampton Roads and state leaders are asking how the region can use all this information, including government data, for better decision-making, innovation and even...
  • As oil falls, Russia choked by military, social spending

    Russian authorities are facing some unpalatable options as they try to keep the economy afloat - unless they can persuade President Vladimir Putin to curb massive military spending. Officials fear that without limiting the defense budget, the...
  • Average stateside housing allowance rises only 0.5 percent

    Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to a million service members living off base in the United States will rise by an average half percentage point in January as two slimming changes to rate calculations take hold. The 2015 BAH rates no longer will...
  • Intelligence, defense whistleblowers remain mired in broken system

    WASHINGTON When Ilana Greenstein blew the whistle on mismanagement at the CIA, she tried to follow all the proper procedures. First, she told her supervisors that she believed the agency had bungled its spy operations in Baghdad. Then, she wrote a letter...
  • Afghan War is over, except that it's not

    WASHINGTON -- In a ceremony in Kabul Sunday, the U.S. commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan grandly proclaimed the "end" of the 13-year combat mission against the Taliban and other terrorist foes. But in doing so, he emphasized that NATO personnel...
  • Palestinians move to join International Criminal Court after failed UN statehood bid

    JERUSALEM Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday signed papers to join the International Criminal Court, where Israeli officials could be prosecuted for alleged war crimes, ratcheting up diplomatic pressure after a failed bid at the...
  • Syrian rebels say US ignored early plan to stop Islamic State

    ISTANBUL Two months before Mosul and other cities in northern Iraq fell to the Islamic State last June, representatives of a Syrian rebel group called on the new U.S. special envoy for Syria with an outline of a plan to stop the extremists. The group...
  • There's no such thing as a safe nuclear weapon

    To the editor: The vows by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to make changes so that U.S. nuclear weapons are "safe and secure" are certainly of great importance. ("Major overhaul of nuclear force planned to improve security and morale," Nov. 14) The...
  • Chuck Hagel got a bum rap

    Goodbye, Chuck Hagel: We hardly knew ye! Perhaps there wasn't much to know. Or perhaps you contain hidden depths. Who can say? For almost two years, you seemed barely there, an irascible half-presence in the Pentagon's E ring. Soon you won't be there at...
  • F-35 makes first landing aboard carrier Nimitz

    F-35 makes first landing aboard carrier Nimitz
    The F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter made its first arrested landing aboard an aircraft carrier Monday off the coast of San Diego, the Navy announced that night. The landing marks the start of two weeks of at-sea developmental tests for the new...