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  1. Sailors line the bow of the destroyer USS Cole as it glides past One World Trade Center and the lower Manhattan skyline on May 21in New York. Mark Lennihan/The Associated Press

    New judge for Guantanamo trial in USS Cole attack

    A U.S. military judge removed himself Thursday from the death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay for the prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  2. The chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously supported the Obama administration's exchange of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. AP

    Joint Chiefs all backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

    The chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously supported the Obama administration's exchange of five Taliban leaders for an Army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  3. Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell Staff

    Nominee praises progress of Afghan security forces

    Senators stuck mostly to basic questions for Army Gen. John Campbell at his confirmation hearing Thursday to become the next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
    • NEWS /
    Convicted spy Arthur Walker is escorted into Federal Court in Norfolk, Va. on Nov. 12, 1985. Steve Helber/The Associated Press

    Convicted spy Arthur Walker dies in federal prison

    Arthur Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant convicted in 1985 for his role in a spy ring, has died in prison. He was 79.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
    • NEWS /

    Lawmakers propose bill to improve VA suicide prevention care

    House lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation they say would improve suicide prevention at the Veterans Affairs Department and bring together former service members needing help.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
    • NEWS /
    A World War One-era recruiting poster for the Marine Corps. Marine Corps

    14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1800s

    No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  4. Iraqi Kurdish protesters deploy a giant flag of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration July 3 to claim for its independence outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. Iraq's Kurds on Thursday said their politicians will stay away from Cabinet meetings and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, blaming him for failing to stop the Sunni militant offensive that has swept across much of the country. Safin Hamed / AFP

    Iraq's Kurds say will boycott Cabinet meetings

    Iraq's Kurds on Thursday said their politicians will stay away from Cabinet meetings and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, blaming him for failing to stop the Sunni militant offensive that has swept across much of the country.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  5. Pakistani soldiers patrol during a military operation Wednesday against Taliban militants, in the main town of Miranshah in North Waziristan. Pakistan's military says its anti-militant offensive in a northwestern tribal area has now taken control of 80 percent of a strategic town, as a U.S. drone strike on July 10 killed six suspected insurgents. Aamir Qureshi / AFP via Getty Images

    Officials: U.S. drone strike in Pakistan kills 6

    Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected American drone strike has killed six militants in a northwestern tribal region where the military has launched an operation against local and foreign militants.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  6. The U.S. flag is displayed July 10 outside the U.S. embassy in Berlin a few hours after Germany expelled the U.S. secret services station chief in an escalating row over alleged American spying against its long-time European ally. John MacDougall / AFP

    Germany kicks out top U.S. spy over spy spat

    Germany announced Thursday it is kicking out Washington's top spy in Berlin, a dramatic response from a key U.S. ally to a yearlong spying dispute over eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls that flared anew this week.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  7. Retired Navy doctor named to interim VA post

    The Veterans Affairs Department has named a career Navy doctor to serve as interim director of its Office of the Medical Inspector.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  8. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands in front of an F-35 joint strike fighter as he talks to reporters inside a hangar at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Marcus Weisgerber/Staff

    Pentagon: F-35 Farnborough Announcement Not Expected Thursday

    The Pentagon is not expected to announce Thursday whether the F-35 joint strike fighter will fly to the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK, a defense official said.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  9. The new Air Force bomber will replace the B-2 (pictured) and B-52 fleets. Senior Airman Kenny Holston/Air Force

    Air Force sends next-gen bomber requirements to industry, few details made public

    The Air Force expects to select its manufacturer for the next generation bomber in the spring, with contractors notified today of the service's requirements for the aircraft.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  10. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right talks to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, left, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at center watches during a meeting Thursday at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing. Ng Han Guan / AP

    U.S., China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

    Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  11. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. called the Air Force handling of the ECSS contract 'the most egregious example of mismanagement at the Department of Defense in recent memory' Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Senate report blasts AF for $1.2B logistics system failure

    A Senate report lambastes the Air Force for poorly managing the acquisition of a logistics management system the service canceled after spending $1.2 billion.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  12. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue recommendations after a review of nuclear forces. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Hagel: Navy nuclear reviews are done, reviewing recommendations

    The Pentagon is finishing up a major review of its nuclear forces and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue his recommendations.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
    • NEWS /
    In this image released by the Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. John Parie/Air Force

    Air Force releases info on Malmstrom cheating punishments

    Of the officers implicated in the cheating investigation at Malmstrom Air Force Base, 14 of them received non-judicial punishment, known as an Article 15, consisting of reprimands and forfeitures of basic pay.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
    • NEWS /
    Donald Jurewicz, Joint Task Force-Alaska deputy director for operations, explains details of the C-124 crash site to Tonja Anderson-Dell during her September 2012 visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Master Sgt. Mikal Canfield / Air Force

    Uncovering the losses in a 1952 C-124 crash

    Almost 50 years after her husband's death in a military transport plane crash in the mountains of Alaska, Dorothy Anderson was finally ready to accept his flag.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  13. Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings Sept. 14, 2012, after a deadly attack on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi. Mohammad Hannon / AP

    Benghazi: 2 days, 2 distinct attacks on Americans

    Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  14. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AF fighting — with cash — to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
    • NEWS /
    This July 3, 2014, file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Pentagon. Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military's nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Hagel says nuclear operation has drifted

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  15. DoD could save $19 billion by replacing some military personnel with civilian employees, according to the CBO. Air Force

    CBO: Save $19B by replacing 70K troops with civilians

    DoD could save $19 billion over 10 years by doing so.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  16. The Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Getty Images

    VA official 'sickened' by whistleblower retaliation

    The Veterans Affairs Department's second-ranking health official offered a blunt, harsh assessment of his department to Congress on Tuesday night: 'We failed in the trust America placed in us.'

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  17. In this photo taken June 24, 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room where they work a 24-hour shift at an ICBM launch control facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The crew is responsible for controlling and launching the 10 nuclear-tipped Minuteman 3 missiles located in remote launch sites under their command. Charlie Riedel / AP

    Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

    1st Lt. Andy Parthum spends his workday 60 feet below ground awaiting the order he hopes never arrives: to launch the most powerful weapon ever devised by man. He is a nuclear '

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  18. Military caregiver webinar set for Thursday

    Military caregivers, who often need to find additional employment to support their families, may face the risk of job discrimination because of their family responsibilities in caring for their wounded, ill or injured service member.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
    • NEWS /
    A U.S. military investigation says geese slammed into the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four U.S. Air Force crewmembers. Getty Images

    Investigation blames birds for deadly Pave Hawk crash

    Geese penetrated the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during evening training mission in January, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four Air Force crewmembers, a military investigation revealed Wednesday.

    • Jul. 9, 2014

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