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  1. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Air Force unveils 30-year strategy document

    The Air Force is calling for closer ties to industry, better relations with Congress, and increased flexibility for both airmen and acquisitions all part of a 30-year strategy document unveiled Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. LCpl Gregory T. Buckley

    Gold Star family blasts Marines' communication on insider attack case

    An outraged Gold Star family has levied new accusations which contest information the Marine Corps released concerning events following a 2012 insider attack in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., looks old photographs from his time in the service at the New York State Military Museum on May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army's 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japans largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. Mike Groll/The Associated Press

    Japanese urgently search U.S. archives for WWII MIA info

    Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  4. Bill calls for Tricare to eliminate birth control co-pays

    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require Tricare to provide birth control free-of-charge to beneficiaries at retail pharmacies and by mail.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  5. Report: Female troops struggle to get reproductive health care

    Active-duty women face immense obstacles in accessing sufficient reproductive and sexual health care in the military health system, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  6. In this July 22 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Jim Gehrz/AP

    Ventura: Mixed emotions about defamation suit win

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  7. Colo. VA employees face discipline for manipulating data

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  8. The Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier/Getty Images

    House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

    With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. Japanese soldiers on a reconnaissance team come ashore at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Tuesday during amphibious landing practice. Audrey McAvoy / AP

    Japanese practice amphibious landing in Hawaii

    Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  10. Senator pushes to get MoH for WWI hero

    Sen. Charles Schumer has met with a top-ranking Pentagon official in an effort to get a Medal of Honor awarded to a World War I hero from Albany.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. Shown is a piece of a P-39 fighter plane that crashed in 1944 in Lake Huron Losinski family

    Divers find wreckage of World War II-era plane

    David and Drew Losinski are struck by the coincidence.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  12. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will introduce legislation Wednesday designed to strengthen the Pentagon's sex assault forensic examiner cadre by improving training and certification, and requiring more personnel be trained in taking DNA samples and other physical evidence following an attack. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

    The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  13. South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles

    North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  14. Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA Today. Ross D. Franklin / AP

    VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds

    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  15. Adm. William H. McRaven is seen delivering the commencement address in May at The University of Texas at Austin. The Associated Press

    SOCOM chief McRaven set to become next chancellor for University of Texas System

    University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM chief: U.S. not worried about Chinese intel ship at RIMPAC

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  17. ISR asset? The head of Air Combat Command says fighters, which could include the F-16 Fighting Falcon, are playing a role in Iraq surveillance missions. Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Air Force

    Gen. Hostage: Manned, unmanned mix needed in Iraq

    ISR mission still requires pilots who can 'look out the window and see something coming,' ACC commander says.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  18. Sources: Officer, enlisted force-outs to increase

    The officer corps may not have seen the last of the involuntary separation and early retirement boards that so far have cut short the careers of some 1,700 Regular Army captains and majors.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  19. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  20. The Taliban released a video June 4 showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. AP

    House committee rebukes Obama over Bergdahl deal

    House Armed Services Committee members voted Tuesday to condemn President Obama for failing to consult with congressional leaders before swapping five Taliban prisoners for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  21. Paul Lewis

    Former Iran hostage demands compensation from Iranians

    Paul Lewis arrived as a Marine Corps security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 3, 1979.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  22. VA seeks to improve services, care for female vets

    The rising ranks of servicewomen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade has changed the nature of care needed at the Veterans Affairs Department but the system has yet to fully adapt, advocates say.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  23. An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The body of an unidentified boy was discovered July 27 in the wheel well of C-130 assigend to the 86th Airlift Wing. Airman Kendra Alba / Air Force

    Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  24. Robert McDonald holds up a copy of the Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework while testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary

    It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald and there will be no honeymoon.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  25. President Obama speaks July 29 on the South Lawn of the White House as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. and EU pledge new sanctions against Russia

    The U.S. message has been clear that if Russia would not deescalate its movements and hostility in Ukraine, more sanctions would be imposed.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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