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    U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Iraq war veteran, is running for U.S. Senate. Danny Johnston / AP

    Fewer veterans running for congressional office

    The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    Pressure mounts to change tactics against Islamic State group

    On Sept. 23, the U.S. began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  1. Flying C-17s in formation — as seagulls fly — could result in fuel savings of up to $10 million a year, testing indicates. Staff Sgt. Mike Meares / Air Force

    Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief

    The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Oct. 16 on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    CDC to revise Ebola protocol; military readies medical team

    Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear 'with no skin showing,' a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  2. President Obama speaks to media during an Oct. 16 meeting with his Ebola response team in the Oval Office of the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

    President Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside — Ebola.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  3. New Power Plant? The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha/ / US Air Force

    Air Force strike chief urges B-52 engine replacement

    The head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    Members of the Arlington County Fire Department stage operations supporting the HazMat team at the Pentagon South Parking lot area on Oct. 17. Paul J. Richards / AFP via Getty Images

    Ebola concern sparks commotion at Pentagon

    In yet another indication of the rapidly rising anxiety over Ebola, a new scare erupted at the Pentagon on Friday morning after a woman on a tour bus in the building's parking lot who said she had recently traveled from Africa vomited, defense officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

    Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  4. In this image shot Thursday from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, a partial view of Kobani, Syria. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kobani key to U.S. strategy against Islamic State

    Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants — and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  5. An image grab taken from an Oct. 10 video allegedly shows Islamic State group fighters firing from an armed vehicle on the outskirts of Kobani, on the Syria-Turkey border. Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against IS militants, a Kurdish official said Friday. AFP via Getty Images

    Kurds sharing intel with U.S. for Syria strikes

    Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the U.S.-led coalition to coordinate strikes against Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, a Kurdish official said Friday.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  6. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey approves U.S. drone flights to monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  7. Iran looks at compromise nuke offer

    Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  8. Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. Army

    Army waiting for Hill OK to build upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  9. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani as they gather Oct. 15 on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. U.S. warplanes hit Islamic State jihadists with 18 bombing raids on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 near the town to support besieged Kurdish militia there, Central Command said. Aris Messinis / AFP

    U.S.: Hundreds of Islamic State fighters killed in strikes near Kobani

    A barrage of U.S.-led airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Kobani, including 39 over the past two days, has killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters and has stiffened the city's Kurdish defenders, the Pentagon's spokesman said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    President Obama walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 14 in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

    President Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip Wednesday and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Joint Staff names campaign against Islamic State 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  10. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    VA secretary: I'm 'aggressively' firing problem employees

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says he's working 'aggressively' to fire problem employees in his department and is frustrated by congressional criticism that dismissals aren't moving fast enough.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee is heading a task force sponsored by Concerned Veterans of America with a goal of devising new solutions to help VA address some of its longstanding problems. Toyokazu Kosugi / AP

    Opinion: Helping VA do better

    In his second inaugural address, President Lincoln articulated a clear principle to guide our nation's commitment to military veterans. The goal, he said, should be 'to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Rep. John Carney visits with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Air National Guard to discuss his legislation to modernize the Air Guard's fleet of C-130H2 aircraft at the Delaware Air National Guard in New Castle. The (Delaware) News Journal / Suchat Pedereson

    Money for Argentina's C-130s, not a dime for Delaware's

    The Delaware Air National Guard would sure like a piece of this action: a $68.87 million Pentagon award to Argentina so it can modify five aging C-130 cargo airplanes.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  11. The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt cut deal for F-35 engines, modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  12. New Mexico VA leaders got bonuses amid complaints

    Five top administrators in the Veterans Affairs' health care system in New Mexico received more than $24,000 in bonuses in 2013 despite complaints from veterans about lapses and delays in care.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, listens as President Obama speaks during an Oct. 14 meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers on the ongoing operations against the Islamic State group at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Evan Vucci / AP

    Coalition defense officials meet to discuss Islamic State

    The top brass from 22 nations allied to fight Islamic State militants convened face to face for the first time Tuesday just outside Washington, D.C., but the historic meeting resulted in no major announcements about the American-led war in Iraq and Syria.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  13. National Defense University, one of the U.S. military's premier war colleges, has seen its budget decline by almost 30 percent over the past few years. By Merrill D'Arezzo/Medill News Service

    Military's war colleges take steep budget hits

    As the Defense Department grapples with cutbacks across its broad budget, one of the military's premiere war colleges is feeling the pinch, with a funding drop of 29 percent in the past few years.

    • Oct. 14, 2014

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