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Obama spoke in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday.

Obama Says U.S. 'Will Stand By' Families of American Hostages

The president announced Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten prosecution for families who try to pay ransom to hostage-takers.

Yosemite National Park, Calif.

Park Service Employees Get New Mapping Tools

The National Park Service plans to release a simple digital mapping tool so its employees can update information on everything from trails to parking lots, according to the bureau's website.

Students at an Army officer training school in England decontaminate the facility after a simulated mustard gas attack in 1942.

How an NPR Librarian Outdid VA Researchers in Finding Mustard Gas Victims

Agency fell short in efforts to trace World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas during experiments.

 Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill earlier this month before the Senate Homeland Security committee hearing on his nomination to head the TSA

Senate Confirms Neffenger to Rescue TSA

Coast Guard veteran welcomed by Homeland Security secretary.

A B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber conducts a training flight in Hawaii in 2014.

Study: America Needs New Small Nuclear Bombs

CSIS’ Clark Murdock argues that only such weapons can deter rogue states from seeking nukes of their own

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward says too many people mistake complexity for sophistication.

To Advance the Mission, More Feds Should Consider Doing Less

Managers often mistake complexity for sophistication, and the result is bad for everyone, a former military acquisition executive argues.

Want to Implement Emerging Tech Successfully? Start Small

The best bet to get the best bang for your tech bucks is by piloting smaller projects, DOD strategists say.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base in 2014.

Drone Pilot Psychologist Says They Need a Vacation From War

The men and women fighting America’s drone war can’t go home, no matter where they are.

Most in the Military Get No Retirement-Savings Help. That Could Be Changing.

Under the current system, personnel who serve 20-plus years get a pension. But what about everyone else?

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Why John McCain Thinks the Days of Fighter Pilots Are Over

The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman sees a drone-heavy future, but only if the military-industrial complex can be nimble enough to achieve it.