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 Congress & DoD

  1. A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  2. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  3. Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far '

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  4. White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers

    The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  5. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and singer-songwriter Bret Michaels spoke at the 2014 Military Child of the Year Awards in Arlington, Va., on Thursday. Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Army

    Rock star, top defense officials reward Military Children of the Year

    After Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey donned a bandana to sing Lee Greenwood's '

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    The A-10, which the Air Force wants to eliminate from its fleet to save money, has vocal supporters in the House and Senate who say they are looking for other defense costs to cut in order to save the aircraft. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur/Air Force

    Lawmakers readying legislation to block A-10 cuts

    Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are planning legislation to block the Air Force's plans to retire the A-10.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    A leading Republican senator has criticized the Air Force for proposed cuts, including to airborne warning and control system aircraft. AFP/Getty Images

    Top SASC Republican blasts proposed Air Force cuts

    The Senate Armed Services Committee's top Republican on Thursday slammed the Air Force's 2015 spending plan, saying it 'increases risk to unacceptable levels.'

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    40 lawmakers seek to halt closure of military fast food outlets

    Forty lawmakers have signed a letter asking the Labor Department to exempt some military morale, welfare and recreation and exchange operations — such as fast food concessions — from wage regulations affecting federal contractors on military bases.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    McKeon satisfied with military on Benghazi

    The GOP chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he is satisfied with how the military responded to the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  6. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard 'Buck' McKeon, R-Calif., runs a March 14 hearing on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Congressman: Wait until '15 for major pay, benefits reform

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants to wait on major military compensation reform until next year, but may accept some smaller changes to pay and benefits in the current budget debate.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Damage Controlman 3rd Class Sean Clooney tests for contamination during a chemical, biological, and radiological drill, as Executive Officer Jay Steingold evaluates aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. Navy

    Pentagon seeks more funds to counter bio weapons

    The Pentagon wants to spend more money on a secret program to track weapons of mass destruction because of new information showing an increased need to locate chemical and biological weapons, military budget plans show.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Mongolian Defense Minister Dashdemberal Bat-Erdene presents a horse as a gift to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Thursday at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense in Ulan Bator. Hagel endorsed stronger military ties with Mongolia as it seeks a U.S. partnership as a counterweight to its powerful neighbors Russia and China. Alex Wong / AFP via Getty Images

    Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia

    After days of high-profile, pressure-filled meetings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got to horse around a bit during a short stop in Mongolia on Thursday.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Key senator opposes commissary budget cut

    The chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee strongly opposes a Pentagon plan to cut funding for commissaries, another signal that the drastic $1 billion proposed reduction will not survive the congressional budget process.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    In a letter, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein appealed to President Barack Obama to reconsider his administration's decision to task the CIA with editing a torture report harshly critical of the spy agency's treatment of terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks before it can be made public. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    U.S. officials reject Rubio claim about CIA report

    The State Department is seeking the declassification of a 10-month-old letter expressing its concerns about a controversial Senate torture review, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  7. More budget cuts mean longer deployments, Pentagon leaders say

    The defense budget squeeze could mean longer deployments overseas and longer tours at sea, as military officials try to man more missions with fewer people, defense leaders warned Wednesday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Dems call GOP-led Benghazi probe 'witch hunt'

    House Democrats on Wednesday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan 'witch hunt.'

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  8. DoD appears to expect fewer jobless vets by 2015

    If the Pentagon's latest budget projections are any indication, the issue of veterans' unemployment may be easing.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    U.S. troops need to continue fight against 'robust' al-Qaida, panel told

    As American forces leave Afghanistan, some officials are expressing fear that al-Qaida is gaining ground.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Boehner tells Dayton officials not to worry about BRAC

    House Speaker John Boehner is telling Dayton officials not to fear future base-closing commissions, saying that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base could add jobs during the next round of base closings.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  9. 'Where there are mistakes, as an institution, we will make it right,' said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, deputy chief of staff, manpower, personnel and services. Mike Morones / Staff

    Air Force will honor early retirements that were revoked

    The Air Force said Tuesday that a handful of airmen whose approved early retirements had been revoked will still be able to retire if they so choose.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    • Congress & DOD
    Two senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Lawmakers say Air Force plans to cut A-10 flights and training are illegal

    Two key senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  10. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan participate in a joint news conference Tuesday at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing. Alex Wong / AP

    U.S., China defense chiefs air differences over disputed islands

    In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the U.S., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  11. House GOP to urge limits on U.S. cooperation with Russia

    House Republicans will push new restrictions on U.S.-Russian military cooperation and more technical support for Ukrainian troops as part of the annual defense authorization bill debate.

    • Apr. 8, 2014

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