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    A Navy P-8 antisubmarine surveillance aircraft photographed this Chinese J-11B fighter jet when it passed within about 20 feet in a highly aggressive maneuver. Defense Department

    Chinese fighter buzzes U.S. Navy surveillance plane

    An armed Chinese fighter jet aggressively confronted a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft earlier this week over international waters in the South China Sea, mounting a series of '

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  1. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed with passports, IS fighters could threaten U.S.

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. A pro-Russian gunman holds a piece of shrapnel from a rocket after shelling Friday in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. Ukraine accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine on Friday, warning against any attacks on the trucks. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns Russian movements into Ukraine

    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government 'strongly condemns' the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
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    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria

    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. Kathy Willens / AP

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
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    The GAO has found that the Defense Department violated policy when officials exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's safe return. Eugene R. Fidell/The Associated Press

    GAO: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman Army

    Gowdy hires retired Army 3-star for Benghazi probe

    The former top lawyer for the Army will be chief counsel for Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform — including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sept. 1, 2013. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress on Iraq

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon tells international partners to inspect F-16B fleet for cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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