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  1. Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track

    Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  2. US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Friday at the presidential palace in Kabul. Kerry seeks to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control. Jim Bourg / AFP via Getty Images

    In Afghanistan, Kerry seeks path in voting crisis

    Secretary of State John Kerry sought Friday to broker a deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates as a bitter dispute over last month's runoff election risked spiraling out of control.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
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    The entrance to the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., is seen July 3. Russell Contreras / The Associated Press

    911 tapes depict response to collapse of vet

    Newly released 911 tapes reveal the efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  3. In this picture taken on June 30, a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter cleans his weapon on his position behind a dirt barrier built along the front line with militants in Mariam Bek village, between the northern cities of Tikrit and Kirkuk, Iraq. Hussein Malla/The Associated Press

    Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields

    Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, escalating a dispute the central government of Prime Minister Nour

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  4. Oahu grand jury re-indicts Air Force sergeant

    An Oahu grand jury has again indicted a 35-year-old Air Force sergeant on two counts of attempted murder.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
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    Goodbye Pentagon Channel. Hello DoD News

    The Defense Department has consolidated three media outlets into one new organization: DoD News.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
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    This July 12, 2012, file photograph shows the Joint Task Force-Alaska Team recovering debris from the 1952 C-124 crash on Colony Glacier. Bill Roth / The Anchorage Daily News via AP

    Hundreds honor Air Force vet who died in '52 crash

    Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to a central Indiana man killed when a military transport airplane crashed into an Alaska mountain in 1952.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  5. New F-35 pilots might get to skip training in F-16s

    New Air Force pilots might not have to fly F-16 jets before transitioning from T-38 trainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  6. 9,403 selected for staff sergeant

    The Air Force Personnel Center on Thursday named 9,403 senior airmen selected for promotion to E-5, out of 36,739 eligible.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Proper Role? An F-35, left, and an F-16 fly above Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Officials debate what is the service's primary task. Lockheed Martin

    Air Force faces turbulent times

    Demand for Air Force spy planes, fighters and bombers from Eastern Europe to the Far East is spiking, and top generals say they're scrambling to meet commanders' needs as they struggle with shrinking budgets and keeping old planes flying.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
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    More than 80 tanks amassed by Jacques Littlefield are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever. Patrick Tehan / AP

    Tech engineer's huge collection of tanks up for sale

    More than 80 tanks amassed by a Stanford University-trained engineer are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  9. A photo of a smiling Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been circulating on Twitter. via Twitter

    Pentagon decries new Bergdahl photo as propaganda

    The photo of a smiling Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posted to a Twitter account by a Taliban sympathizer is being dismissed by the Pentagon as '100% propaganda.'

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  10. A Libyan man walks in the rubble of the U.S. consulate Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Mohammad Hannon / AP

    No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

    Military officers testified that there was no 'stand-down order' that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  11. Retired Army Sgt. Josh Renschler said veterans need a health care system that truly serves them, 'not one that requires the veteran to accommodate the system.' Photos by Mike Morones/Staff

    VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify

    In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a truck.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  12. An MQ-1B Predator, left, and an MQ-9 Reaper taxi to the runway June 13 in preparation for takeoff at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen/Air Force

    Coolant failure caused Predator to crash into Mediterranean

    A coolant problem that triggered a loss in fuel ultimately brought down an MQ-1B Predator in January as it was flying a mission in the Mediterranean Sea, the Air Force announced today.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  13. Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

    The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  16. 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
  17. 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

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