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Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., hailed OPM's decision to fire USIS, but critics said it could increase the clearance backlog again.

Will Firing One Background Check Contractor Fix the Broken Security Clearance System?

Industry and employee representatives say USIS’ removal could backfire.

Kerry: Countries Are Offering Ground Troops in Fight Against ISIS

Secretary of State says he is "extremely encouraged" by the level of international commitment to military assistance.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a memorandum Sept. 3 outlining the change.

New Guidance Aims to Help Vietnam-Era Vets Who Are Denied Benefits

The Pentagon wants to make it easier for vets suffering from PTSD who received less-than-honorable discharges to obtain service benefits.

What the White House Means When It Says 'We're at War' with ISIS

'We are at war with [ISIS] in the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the world,' White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Is It Peacetime or Wartime in America?

Obama is losing his battle with perpetual war.

Women service members are honored at Target Field in Minneapolis. More veterans today are young and female.

Too Little Is Known About Vets’ Troubles, Watchdog Finds

Despite new transition programs, VA still struggles to deliver help.

Shiite militiamen north of Baghdad, Iraq, hold the flag of the Islamic State group they captured.

ISIS Is at Least Twice as Big as We First Thought It Was

CIA report estimates the group has 20,000 to 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.

Russia's Militarization of the North Pole Has U.S. Lawmakers on Edge

Moscow is beefing up its military presence in the Arctic region at a faster rate than any other polar nation.

They Crossed the Border as Unaccompanied Minors to Reunite With Their Mom

"I was very, very scared. I came with people I didn't know."

A movie poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, showing the superhero over the streets of New York City.

The Military Just Asked Harvard To Make Them a Spider-Man Suit

How science is turning soldiers into superheroes. By Patrick Tucker