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Lawmakers have proposed myriad changes to the security clearance process in the years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified documents to the press.

Number of Security Clearance Holders Drops 12 Percent

Obama administration makes good on promise to give fewer individuals access to government secrets.

A rescue chopper lands carrying people from higher camps to Everest Base Camp, Nepal, Monday after the weekend earthquake.

U.S. Special Forces Will Help With Nepal Earthquake Recovery

Nearly 70 rescue personnel and 45 tons of cargo will be sent to help with earthquake recovery.

Twice as Many Vets Now Are Eligible for Non-VA Care

Change to Choice program calculates distance between veterans' homes and nearest VA facility using the fastest instead of the shortest route.

Drone Deaths and the Myth of Precision

Civilian casualties are inevitable, but the U.S. appears willing to accept them.

A coalition force member stands on top of a hill watching a snow-covered mountain range in Kabul province, Afghanistan.

$1.5 Billion for Rebuilding Afghanistan Remains Unspent, Watchdog Says

Special inspector general’s review raises concerns about loose financial documentation.

Despite Accidental Deaths This Week, Congress Says Drone Strikes Are Here to Stay

On Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats agree the drone program has been a valuable tool in the war against terror.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald would have power to get rid of misbehaving employees and poor performers.

New Bill Would Give VA Secretary 'Sweeping' Authority to Fire Bad Employees

Legislation also would extend probationary period for new workers to 18 months.

Former president George H.W. Bush stands outside his home in Houston in 2010.

Watchdog Sounds Alarm on Dead Alarm in Ex-President's Home

Secret Service left Houston home of George H.W. Bush vulnerable for 13 months.

Ash Carter to Troops: I Need You to Say ‘Enough’ to Sexual Assault

The Pentagon chief says the military has too many other challenges to let this one fester.

House Panel Advances Military Retirement Overhaul

More troops would be eligible for retirement benefits under Defense authorization provisions.