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  1. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / Air Force

    JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, talks to state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15. Khamenei, 75, successfully underwent prostate surgery, Iran announced. Khamenei said his government privately refused American requests for cooperation against the Islamic State group, warning that another U.S. incursion would result 'in the same problems they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years.' AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS

    Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Jill Kelley leaves her home in Nov. 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    A memeber of Islamic State holds a knife and gestures as he speaks to a camera before beheading British aid worker David Haine. Iran has ruled out working with any international coalition against IS, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. AFP

    Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

    As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. US President Barack Obama meets with, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out

    Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  3. Fighters from the Islamic State group parade June 23 in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. AP

    Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

    Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    An MH-60S Seahawk lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on Sept. 12 during search and rescue operations for Lt. Nathan Poloski. MC2 John Philip Wagner, Jr./Navy

    Navy identifies Hornet pilot presumed dead after collision

    The Navy has identified the F/A-18C Hornet pilot who is presumed dead after his aircraft collided with another Hornet on Friday as Lt. Nathan Poloski.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  4. Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, above, CO of the carrier John C. Stennis, promotes sailors to first class petty officer via the command advancement program on Sept. 3. New PO3 Purnell Richardson, left, is greeted by Capt. Patrick Shea of the cruiser Gettysburg during a 2011 CAP ceremony. MC Ignacio D. Perez / Navy

    Navy overhauls spot promotions

    Thousands more sailors will soon be eligible to advance without the hassle of an advancement exam, and make the move up to 12 months early.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  5. Sailors prepare to launch aircraft from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Fort McHenry Guard commemorate the precise moment that the historic Star-Spangled Banner was raised, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem 200 years ago. Andre Chung / AP

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years

    'The Star-Spangled Banner' turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  6. Court says NCIS computer search was illegal, tosses porn conviction

    A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  7. Navy's Tago Smith runs against Texas State on Sept. 13 in San Marcos, Texas. Eric Gay / AP

    Smith leads Navy past Texas State 35-21 in first career start

    Playing without the leader of its offense put a scare in Navy, but Tago Smith quickly put those fears to rest with a stellar outing in his first career start.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  8. Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike

    An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  9. Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court on Sept. 14 during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. Kim Kwang Hyon / AP

    North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor

    North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga is towed Aug. 21 on her final voyage from Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I., to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas, where it will be scrapped. Lindsay Church / Navy via AP

    USS Saratoga arrives in Texas to be scrapped

    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas where it will be scrapped.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  10. This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. AP

    Video shows slaying of British aid worker

    Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as 'an act of pure evil.'

    • Sep. 14, 2014
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    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 lands on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson during search and rescue operations for the pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed earlier in the day while operating from the ship. The other pilot was located and returned to Carl Vinson for medical care. He is listed in fair condition, according to the Navy. John Philip Wagner Jr/Navy via AP

    Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

    Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  11. Fire Control Technician 1st Class Ryan Bibb, an instructor at Recruit Training Command, talks with recruits during a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training session. More than 8,000 staff members and recruits at the Navy's only boot camp participated in the SAPR stand-down training. Brian Walsh/Navy

    Force-wide training consolidated

    The general military training plans for fiscal 2015 bear good and bad news for the fleet.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  12. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  13. Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S.

    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  14. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport on Saturday as he leaves the Egyptian capital. Kerry described Egypt as an 'important partner' during a short stop in Cairo to build support against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski/The Associated Press

    Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human

    • Sep. 13, 2014
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    An undated photo shows Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks who was killed in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2012. The 28-year-old Feeks was one of two Navy SEALS to die in the crash. Navy/The Associated Press

    Bridge near Md. State House to be dedicated to SEAL

    The Rowe Boulevard bridge over Weems Creek in Annapolis will be dedicated this month to Patrick Feeks, a Navy SEAL from Edgewater killed in Afghanistan two years ago.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  15. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned an audience in Washington on Sept. 10 that removing troops from the country too early could have dire results. Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated Press

    Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short'

    A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  16. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments

    The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  17. David Petraeus speaks with moderator Andy Alexander at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, on Sept. 11. Petraeus said Islamic State militants do not have strong local support in Iraq and their strength should not be over-rated. Aaron Ontiveroz / AP

    Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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