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Get the 411 on today's top military, defense and national security stories.

First woman to attempt TACP training left after injury

The first woman to enter training to become a tactical air control party airman left shortly thereaf…

U.S. plans big expansion at Iraq's al Asad Air Base

In addition to personnel, the U.S. will install new technology allowing for more night operations.

Philippines president: Next week's war games with U.S. will be the last

Rodrigo Duterte says Beijing opposes the military exercises.

New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 -…

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Philippines president: Next week's war games with U.S. will be the last

Rodrigo Duterte says Beijing opposes the military exercises.

Budget deal avoids government shutdown, finalizes next year's VA budget

The spending plan keeps government programs running through the election, and sets almost $177 billi…

Pentagon: U.S. airstrike kills 9 militants in Somalia

The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike targeted and killed nine al-Shabab militants in Somalia on Wednes…

After 170 years, remains of U.S. troops return from Mexico

Remains thought to be those of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War have been flown to a…

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Philippines president: Next week's war games with U.S. will be the last

Rodrigo Duterte says Beijing opposes the military exercises.

Seoul says North Korean soldier crossed the border to defect

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said military officials were investigating the North Korean soli…

Congress approves fertility services for wounded veterans but no funding

The Veterans Affairs funding bill allows VA to pay for fertility treatment and adoption services but…

Budget deal avoids government shutdown, finalizes next year's VA budget

The spending plan keeps government programs running through the election, and sets almost $177 billi…

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Fight over privatizing veterans care moves from campaign trail to House

A key House Democrat on Wednesday offered a resolution that opposes the privatization of Veterans Af…

Trump and Clinton clash over ISIS, Iraq in first presidential debate

About one-third of the event was devoted to national security issues, but both candidates made refer…

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjam…

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Congress approves fertility services for wounded veterans but no funding

The Veterans Affairs funding bill allows VA to pay for fertility treatment and adoption services but…

New veterans cemetery in Omaha opens with memorial service

A new national cemetery for veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa has opened with a service…

Celebrities, political leaders raise awareness for military caregivers

Star-studded Washington event calls attention to those who help wounded troops, vets

Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016 — new rankings of 125 cities

For many people, Hawaii and sunny Southern California are dream vacation destinations. For you, coul…

Factor in health care when picking a permanent home

You've found your dream house in a beautiful location. You see yourself putting down roots, spending…

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New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 -…

Flu shots required for all students at Defense Department schools

Children attending the Department of Defense Education Activity schools must get flu shots by Dec. 1…

For those with the often solitary task of caring for disabled vets, help is on the way

More than 1 million Americans care for ill or injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. This new progra…

Military failed to conduct background checks on civilians in base housing, putting troops at risk

Military officials have been taking an “unnecessary safety and security risk to military personnel,…

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Fresh words for forever wars — 19 new books from Belleau Wood to Wall Street to Washington

Here’s your guide, listed by category and in order of reading satisfaction and relevance, to the sea…

Air Force beats Utah State 27-20 in Mountain West opener

Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the…

Nominations open for Military Child of the Year awards

Anyone who knows an awesome military kid can nominate a candidate for the honor.

George W. Bush paintings book coming in 2017

The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words.

Mission Family: Absentee voting keeps getting easier

Military families have a lot of resources to help them vote by absentee ballot.

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