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    Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  1. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  3. President Obama speaks on Aug. 18 at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    VA backlog grew despite online application program

    The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    A U.S. airstrike against an ISIL Humvee (armored truck) is seen in a screenshot made from video released by CENTCOM. CENTCOM

    New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  4. Gen. Martin Dempsey tours a Vietnamese warship. Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today

    Former enemy Vietnam seeks U.S. help to counter China

    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has served 40 years in the Army, fought in Iraq, traveled the world many times over.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  5. An Aug. 16 airstrike against an ISIL armed truck near Mosul Dam is seen in an image taken from video released by U.S. Central Command. CENTCOM

    CENTCOM releases video of U.S. airstrikes near Iraq's Mosul Dam

    U.S. Central Command released video on Sunday of American military airstrikes against extremist targets near Mosul Dam in Iraq.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine

    Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, died in 2012. A C-17 Globemaster and a Navy destroyer will be named after late senator, according to reports. Marco Garcia / AP

    Military jet, destroyer to be named after late Sen. Daniel Inouye

    A military cargo jet will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    A police officer on Wednesday watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Senate to review surplus military gear grants to local police

    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress will review Defense Department transfers of unused military equipment to local police to ensure the weaponry is being used 'as intended,' in light of the recent problems in Missouri.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  6. Vietnamese honor guards wait Thursday for the arrival of U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey for talks with Gen. Do Ba Ty, chief of the general staff of the Vietnamese Army, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Tran Van Minh / AP

    Vietnam struts its military stuff for Dempsey

    The Vietnamese military showed an unprecedented amount of leg here Thursday.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
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    Marines patrol through the jungle at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Guam, during an exercise in 2013. Lance Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins / Marine Corps

    DoD submits Guam military buildup plan to Congress

    The Department of Defense has submitted the military buildup master plan, which the U.S. Senate required to lift the freeze on tens to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of annual funding toward building a Marine base on Guam.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13 in Ferguson, Mo. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  7. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, right, presents an American flag to Susan Myers, widow of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, alongside son 1st Lt. Matthew Greene, left, during the Aug. 14 funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery , Va. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Slain Army 2-star buried with honors at Arlington

    Amid military ritual afforded a war casualty of high rank — this one the first general officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War — Army Maj. Gen. Harold 'Harry' Greene was laid to rest Thursday.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  8. President Obama discusses the situation in Iraq during an Aug. 14 press conference at Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    President Obama said Thursday the humanitarian crisis atop a barren hill in northern Iraq is over, eliminating the need for a risky U.S. rescue mission. But Iraqis elsewhere face a 'dire' threat from an advancing Islamic army, he said.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty, Vietnamese chief of General Staff of the Army, review an honor guard Aug. 14 before their talks in Hanoi. Tran Van Minh / AP

    Dempsey is first Joint Chiefs chairman to visit Vietnam since 1971

    U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Veterans Affairs

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to say how many people were being fired and who they were.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  9. Experts concerned about discrepancies in old, new PTSD criteria

    Changes to the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder made in 2013 provide flexibility for new PTSD diagnoses in troops, but leave out some who would have been diagnosed with PTSD under the old standards, according to a new study published

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense panels hold up $7M funding shift for Hellfire missiles – for now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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