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Video of urinating Marines could be a defining image of Afghanistan war

January 12, 2012 Defense Department The Pentagon opened a formal probe into a video showing Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, but the move may not be enough to prevent the footage from becoming one of the defining images of the long and deeply unpopular Afghan War. The probe...

Shifts at Pentagon reflect dual realities of different threats, tighter budgets

January 5, 2012 The Obama administration's high-profile rollout of its new military blueprint for the years ahead was designed to do two very different things: mark a decisive shift away from manpower-heavy counterinsurgencies like Afghanistan and shield the White House from Republican criticism over its plans for significant cuts to the Pentagon budget....

Obama unveils defense strategy for a changing, austere world

January 5, 2012 The Pentagon's new strategy for countering emerging threats in an era of shrinking resources reflects the Obama administration's belief that ground wars like Afghanistan are a thing of the past while air and naval conflicts against nations like Iran or China will be the biggest security challenges facing the U.S....

Obama to make rare visit to Pentagon for rollout of new strategy

January 4, 2012 President Obama will pay an unusual visit to the Pentagon on Thursday for the public rollout of the military's new strategy for countering emerging threats in an era of shrinking resources, according to senior military and administration officials. Obama will speak to reporters at the start of a press conference...

U.S. casualties trending down in Afghanistan

December 19, 2011 As 2011 comes to an end, a little-noticed statistic bears positive news for the U.S. military in Afghanistan: For the first time in recent memory, U.S. casualties -- while still significantly higher than in earlier years -- may be trending down. U.S. battlefield deaths in Afghanistan had been increasing since...

For top U.S. military officer, economy emerges as major concern

December 9, 2011 To understand how much the job of the nation's top military officer has changed, consider the issue Army Gen. Martin Dempsey identified as one of his top concerns. "We are extraordinarily concerned about the health and viability of the euro … because of the potential for civil unrest and the...

Obama threatens veto of defense authorization bill

November 17, 2011 The Obama administration threatened on Thursday to veto a major defense authorization bill because of language mandating that terror suspects be put under military custody, a sharp escalation of its battle with Congress over the future course of the war on terror. The Senate's version of the bill includes language...

Panetta plays last card, warns Defense cuts could lead to attack on the U.S.

November 11, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been steadily escalating his warnings about the impact of the deep cuts facing the Pentagon if the congressional super committee fails to reach a deal. On Thursday, he played the last -- and strongest -- card in his deck, arguing that the hundreds of billions...

Panetta hints at stronger punishments in Dover scandal

November 10, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, trying to defuse the mounting public fury over the mishandling of American war dead at the Dover air base, said he had asked the Air Force to review whether three officials implicated in the scandal should be fired rather than simply reprimanded. Panetta's comments came as...

Former top CIA lawyer under investigation

November 10, 2011 The Justice Department is investigating whether a former top U.S. intelligence official, John Rizzo, improperly disclosed classified information about the CIA's drone campaign, one of the spy agency's most secretive and politically sensitive programs. People familiar with the matter say that the CIA's general counsel's office opened the probe in...