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    A convoy of Islamic State fighters is seen entering Iraq's Anbar province in January. AP

    5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities

    Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  1. President Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 16 in Atlanta. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says

    President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. Vice President Joe Biden provided the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2012 graduation and commissioning ceremony at Michie Stadium. Mike Strasser / U.S. Military Academy

    As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret

    During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command chief: SpaceX certification looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  5. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard head wants study for future C-130 path

    The head of the Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    An F-15C Eagle takes off to do some training with the Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 21. Senior Airman Hailey Haux/Air Force

    Air Force trying to protect F-15s in Europe

    Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the '

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. IG: Sexual assault investigators should improve methods

    Military investigators responding to reports of sexual assaults do not always follow the widely accepted standards set by civilian police agencies, according to a new Pentagon Inspector General's report.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. Iraqi lawmakers attend a Sept. 8 session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Sept. 16 leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. Karim Kadim / AP

    Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  8. Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, US Air Force Research Laboratory commander, speaks Tuesday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AFRL commander: 'Digital teammates' will support a shrinking force

    As the force gets smaller, the Air Force may look increasingly to machines to make decisions in team with airmen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  9. A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    Air Force expects to test counter-electronics missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose — and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  10. Marine veteran Pete Doan of 9:24 CrossFit opened the small-town gym in March 2013. Trevor Jones/Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune

    A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties

    Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., walks onstage to anounce the release of a website titled 'Benghazi on the Record' during a Sept. 16 news conference on Capitol Hill. Cliff Owen / AP

    Democrats launch website to counter GOP Benghazi narrative

    House Democrats are pre-emptively launching a new website to counter Republican claims about the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  12. U.S. military forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a U.S. military camp in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

    A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    Deaf students push for admission to Air Force

    Students and teachers at the North Carolina School for the Deaf are pushing for the right of the hearing-impaired to serve in the military.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    Flame erupts from the muzzle of a Civil War-era replica cannon during the final volley in a salute to close out a Confederate Memorial Service on Sept. 6, at a Lazarine Cemetery west of Nacogdoches, Texas. Andrew D. Brosig / AP

    Civil War soldiers buried as 'unknowns' ID'd

    The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as 'Unknowns' in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  13. Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 fix could begin installation before end of year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  14. Survey: Financial concerns plague military families

    The active-duty community's uncertainty about their future and concerns about their own financial stability are clear in the results of this year's Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  15. The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2013 marches into Falcon Stadium for graduation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations

    New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies — including geography.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, command chief at Air Education and Training Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Command chiefs: Eval and promotion system overhaul tackles long-standing problems

    The impending overhaul of the enlisted performance system dominated the chief master sergeant forum on the opening day of the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior officers, NCOs a resource 'that NATO can't waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Carlisle

    ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot

    Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. An F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off on Sept. 13 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say

    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  19. A cyber transport systems technician finds a new number location on a line equipment number block. SA George Goslin / Air Force

    Cyber airmen race to stay ahead of new threats

    As cyber threats increase and become more sophisticated, airmen in the Cyber career field find themselves operating in a fast-paced environment just trying to stay two steps ahead.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    President Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Sept. 15 at the White House. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam

    More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War.

    • Sep. 15, 2014

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