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  • Veterans march on Capitol Hill to bring suicide prevention bill to floor

    WASHINGTON A group of veterans marched with American flags in hand to the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday to urge the Senate to act on a bill to prevent veteran suicides. "Now we're looking at December, the session is almost over and we're trying to...
  • Will Fort Hood shooting victims finally get Purple Hearts?

    AUSTIN, Texas More than five years after the mass shooting at Fort Hood that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded, the victims finally appear poised to become eligible for Purple Hearts that would give them and their family members enhanced medical,...
  • Airports get ceremonial caisson for fallen troops

     Airports get ceremonial caisson for fallen troops
    Major airlines operating at both Chicago airports will begin transporting the remains of fallen servicemen and women in ceremonially decorated caissons in an effort to handle the remains in a more dignified way, officials announced Thursday. Aldermen...
  • Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

    Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement. Hagel,...
  • Analysis: Obama's new defense chief may be hobbled by bungled selection process

    WASHINGTON The transition of power at the Pentagon this week under President Barack Obama has not made anyone look good. News reports earlier in the week said Ashton Carter, a former deputy defense secretary, would be the next secretary of defense. But...
  • Other military branches might want the Air Force's A-10 fleet

    To the editor: Why isn't the U.S. Air Force using the A-10 — a perfectly effective ground-attack plane on the chopping block — to attack the Islamic State columns that seem to roam the desert with impunity? We see only "pin-pricks" by...
  • Amid criticism, Pentagon unveils anti-rape plans

    — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled new initiatives Thursday to halt rape and other sexual assaults within the U.S. military after the Pentagon released a report showing an 8 percent increase in reported incidents over the past year. The 136-...
  • Pentagon issues directives to combat sexual assault in military

    Pentagon issues directives to combat sexual assault in military
    Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled new initiatives Thursday to battle rape and other sexual assaults in the military after the Pentagon released a report showing an 8% increase in reported incidents over the last year. The 136-page report,...
  • War contractors ready for Middle East battle

    President Barack Obama has stressed that the U.S.-led coalition fight against the Islamic State can be won without "boots on the ground." But it depends on who's wearing the boots. Thousands of private security contractors, who played critical, below-...
  • Military sex assault reports up 8 percent, officials say

    Military sex assault reports up 8 percent, officials say
    Sexual assaults reported by U.S. military troops rose 8 percent in 2014 amid signs that victims are increasingly confident about reporting the attacks, defense officials said on Wednesday ahead of the formal release of the annual figures. Defense...
  • Beyond M.A.D.: Reviving nuclear war

    "Some of the key technocrats and scientists of the Cold War say the nation has become overly confident about its nuclear deterrence. The nuclear enterprise, they say, 'is rusting its way to disarmament.'" Let's meditate on this irony -- that disarmament,...