Nov 5, 2014 5:52pm

9,000 Afghan Security Forces Killed in Combat During Last Two Years

In the last two years, almost 9,000 Afghan Army soldiers and policemen have been killed in fighting with the Taliban as they have assumed the lead for security in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said today. And that high fatality rate for Afghanistan’s security forces is… Read More »

Nov 3, 2014 4:45pm

Russian Military Flights Over Europe a Show of Power, Says NATO Commander

NATO’s top military officer says Russia’s large-scale air incursions into European airspace last week were intended to send the message that the country is still a “great power.” Gen. Phillip Breedlove says the flights were a concern because of their number and their provocative flight… Read More »

Oct 30, 2014 5:40pm

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey Explain Support for 21-Day Quarantine for Troops

Safety concerns prompted the decision to put in place a 21-day quarantine for American troops serving in the Ebola mission in West Africa, top Pentagon officials said today. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters today that he and the… Read More »

Oct 14, 2014 1:42pm

US Ramps Up Airstrikes on ISIS in Kobani

U.S. warplanes have ramped up the number of airstrikes against ISIS fighters in the besieged city of Kobani, launching 21 airstrikes since Monday, officials said today. It is the highest number of strikes since the start of the air campaign in Syria and is an… Read More »

Oct 13, 2014 1:04pm

Marine Held in Death of Transgender Woman in the Philippines

A U.S. Marine in the Philippines is being detained aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the death of a transgender woman after apparently finding out she was anatomically a male following a night at a local disco while on a port call, officials said. “A… Read More »

Oct 5, 2014 12:34pm

U.S. Now Using Apache Helicopters to Attack ISIS in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike at ISIS targets inside Iraq, the first time the aircraft have been used for offensive strikes since arriving in Baghdad in early July. Their use opens up a new capability in the… Read More »

Oct 2, 2014 7:12pm

Afghan Security Forces Still Enduring High Casualty Rates

Afghan security forces continued this year to sustain high rates of casualties with the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan estimating that as many as 7,000 to 9,000 Afghan security forces were killed or injured in combat.  The increase in casualties began last year when Afghan… Read More »

Sep 17, 2014 7:39pm

Air Force Drops ‘So Help Me God’ Requirement in Enlistment Oaths

Air Force members once again have the option of omitting the phrase “so help me God” from their enlistment and appointment oaths.  The service joins the other three military branches in making the phrase optional for its service members, a practice it had followed until… Read More »

Sep 13, 2014 6:22pm

Navy Ends Search for Missing Pilot in Western Pacific

WASHINGTON — The Navy has ended an extensive search for a missing fighter pilot aboard one of two F/A-18C jets that apparently collided Friday over the western Pacific. The missing pilot is presumed to be deceased. The Navy’s Seventh Fleet issued a statement saying it… Read More »

Sep 11, 2014 7:27pm

How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program

A key component of the Obama administration’s strategy to “degrade and destroy” ISIS in Iraq and Syria is the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebel fighters.  But the biggest hurdle might be how the United States would vet those  fighters to make sure they… Read More »