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  • Death of American hostage in Yemen a reminder rescue missions often fail

    WASHINGTON The death of American photojournalist Luke Somers in a special forces rescue operation in Yemen on Saturday was a reminder that such high-risk missions are as likely to fail as to succeed. U.S. defense officials were trying to determine what...
  • Kerry urges caution over timing of torture report release

    Kerry urges caution over timing of torture report release
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday privately expressed concern about the timing of the release of a long-awaited Congressional report criticizing the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods days before it was expected to be released. Kerry's...
  • Western-backed Syrian rebels are in danger of collapse before help arrives

    Western-backed Syrian rebels are in danger of collapse before help arrives
    The main al-Qaida affiliate in Syria is extending its control over a swath of territory that was until recently held by the collapsing moderate opposition, jeopardizing U.S. plans to form a new rebel force to fight extremists. Since routing two of the...
  • Ashton Carter has his hands full trying to shape defense policy

    WASHINGTON How much difference can Ashton Carter make to the Obama administration's national security policy? President Barack Obama's nominee to be secretary of defense, if confirmed, will arrive at the Pentagon commanding nearly universal respect...
  • Taxes still fund 'perpetual war footing,' at home and abroad

    WASHINGTON -- Two disparate news items caught my eye recently that demonstrate how our government can act in ways that mystify and anger the taxpayers who support it with their hard-earned money. The first was the report from the new prime minister of...
  • Pentagon gives California police grenade launchers, snowshoes

    Southern California is mired in more than three years of drought, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is prepared for snowy conditions after it received 1,600 parkas for camouflage, 500 snowshoes and 132 snow trousers in March from the...
  • House pushes through defense bill, budget deal awaits

    House pushes through defense bill, budget deal awaits
    The House on Thursday authorized $585 billion in defense spending that contains mixed news on pay and benefits for service members and funds key projects for Newport News-based Huntington Ingalls Industries. The compromise bill now heads to the Senate,...
  • Obama nominates Ashton Carter, ex-defense official, to run Pentagon

    Obama nominates Ashton Carter, ex-defense official, to run Pentagon
    President Obama on Friday nominated former top Defense Department official Ashton B. Carter to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, describing Carter as an innovator, a reformer and “one of nation’s foremost national security...
  • U.S. Navy revokes Bill Cosby's honorary chief petty officer title

     U.S. Navy revokes Bill Cosby's honorary chief petty officer title
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy has revoked Bill Cosby's title of honorary chief petty officer, citing allegations of sexual abuse against the comedian, the Pentagon said on Thursday. "The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr....
  • The Benghazi, Libya, attack: What investigations have found

    The recently released House Intelligence Committee report on the Sept. 11, 2012, attack against an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, was the seventh such inquiry since 2012. An eighth, led by a House select committee, began work this year....
  • Afghan who killed U.S. general had no known Taliban ties, probe finds

    A rogue Afghan policeman who shot and killed an American two-star general in Afghanistan in August had no known links to insurgents and apparently took advantage of an unplanned opportunity to kill American and coalition officers, a military investigation...