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  1. 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-Abadiís 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 ó and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 ó including geography.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 10. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

    The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a Carnegie Europe think tank event Sept. 15 at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. Virginia Mayo / AP

    NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room of a missile launch control facility. Incentive pay of up to $300 for missileers and some enlisted airmen will begin Oct. 1. Charlie Riedel/AP

    $300 incentive pay for officers, some enlisted assigned to nuclear mission begins Oct. 1

    Officers assigned to the Air Force's nuclear mission will receive $300 a month in incentive pay beginning Oct.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 general officer billets to be cut in fiscal 2015

    The Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / Air Force

    JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014

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