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    With Republicans holding a majority in Congress and John McCain poised to lead the Senate Armed Services Committee, experts are optimistic it will mean good things for the Army. Spc. Harley Jelis/Army

    Experts optimistic Republicans-led Congress will benefit Army

    The new Republican-controlled Congress could mean some relief for the Army as it struggles to balance shrinking budgets with increasing demands for soldiers around the world, experts say.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
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    New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' Armed Services panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  1. Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, left, commander of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Sayed Maloukon Oct. 27. Yoo is confident Afghan forces can maintain security as Marines there depart. Staff Sgt. John Jackson/Marine Corps

    1-star has confidence in Afghan security after leaving Helmand

    Days after handing over all security duties to local forces, the head of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan said he believes that Afghans have good control of their country.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  2. The Army is deactivating the 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team later this year. It will be replaced in Korea with rotation units. Army

    End of an era: Iron Brigade to deactivate in Korea

    After almost 50 years in South Korea, the Army is deactivating the 2nd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, officials announced Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, alleges that Joint Special Operations Command unsuccessfully tried to make a payment in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release. AP

    Hunter: JSOC led botched ransom attempt for Bergdahl

    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has accused Joint Special Operations Command of leading a botched effort to pay a ransom to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Austin

    CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq

    The four-star commander of war operations in Iraq and Syria said politics is the key to defeating the Islamic militants there — and more U.S. troops will not necessarily help resolve the complex sectarian conflict roiling the two nations.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  3. Marines don and clear their gas masks before entering a gas chamber. Lance Cpl. John McCall / Marine Corps

    Report: 600-plus U.S. troops say they were exposed to chemical weapons

    More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  4. Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill talks at the Greater Green Bay Chamber's annual dinner. Greenbay Press-Gazette

    Report: Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden revealed

    The former Navy SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden has been identified ahead of a highly anticipated Fox News interview in which he is expected to discuss his role in the historic raid, according to multiple news sources.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    President Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Obama held the press conference one day after his Democratic party was defeated in midterm elections. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama fills up lame duck agenda; will seek Islamic State AUMF

    President Obama on Wednesday said he wants this Congress in its final weeks to formally approve US strikes against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  5. Obama: More work needed to improve veterans care

    President Obama is telling the Veterans Affairs Department it needs to keep working to improve services, health care and accountability for veterans.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  6. A USAID safe-burial team trained to handle the bodies of those infected with Ebola works on Sept. 26 in Monrovia, Liberia. AFRICOM

    Obama seeks $6.2 billion for Ebola fight

    President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    Next year's Congress will boast the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yet, even as the overall number of lawmakers with military experience continues to decline. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Younger veterans heading to Congress in bigger numbers

    Next year's Congress will boast the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yet, even as the overall number of lawmakers with military experience continues to decline.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    John McCain will likely become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yuriy Kirnichny / AFP

    After Election Day, familiar faces in new places on Senate defense committees

    For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election — but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    Republican Joni Ernst's campaign image as a gun-carrying, hog-castrating country lawmaker and veteran may quickly take on a different look — one of a stateswoman in the U.S. Senate's new GOP majority. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Veteran Ernst pivots to Senate, as Iowa GOP tightens hold

    Republican Joni Ernst's campaign image as a gun-carrying, hog-castrating country lawmaker and veteran may quickly take on a different look — one of a stateswoman in the U.S. Senate's new GOP majority.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
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    Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. salutes his supporters at his election watch party Nov. 4 in North Little Rock, Ark. Cotton defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor. Danny Johnston / AP

    Army vet Tom Cotton elected to U.S. Senate

    Veteran Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas lost his seat Tuesday to a freshman House Republican, putting the GOP a step closer to its goal of controlling the Senate for the first time in eight years.

    • Nov. 4, 2014
  7. A soldier guides an M109A6 Paladin howitzer during on Oct. 29 exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo / Army

    EUCOM chief: More troops, gear needed to deter Russia

    The top U.S. general in Europe wants to increase U.S. rotational forces in Eastern Europe and stockpile more military equipment across the continent in response to continued aggressive moves by the Russian military.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  8. Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, has written a letter reminding operators not talk about their missions. Navy

    Naval Special Warfare sailors reminded not to seek fame or money

    The head of Naval Special Warfare Command and its senior enlisted sailor have reminded SEALs and other special operators to stay out of the limelight.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    A number of state ballot measures affect troops, vets or their families

    Voters on Election Day will be deciding on a number of ballot propositions that, if passed, could have as profound an effect on their lives as who becomes their next senator, representative or governor.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. speaks July 9 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coburn requested a Government Accountability Office report which showed nearly 60,000 veterans collected more than $3.5 billion in 2013 in military retirement pay, disability benefits from Veterans Affairs and disability checks from Social Security. Coburn said officials should fulfill promises to veterans, but work to streamline duplicative programs. Susan Walsh/AP

    Report says 60,000 veterans get triple benefits

    Nearly 60,000 veterans were triple dippers last year, drawing a total of $3.5 billion in military retirement pay plus veterans and Social Security disability benefits at the same time, congressional auditors report.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  9. A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center. Nick Oze/The Arizona Republic

    E-mails: VA secretary sought changes in Phoenix report

    A top Department of Veterans Affairs official and a White House appointee successfully pressed for changes in an inspector general's report on the Phoenix VA medical center.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    Concerns over risky aerial engagements between the U.S. and China were spotlighted after a Chinese fighter jet came within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon plane over the South China Sea in August. MC2 Mike DiMestico / DoD

    New U.S. general seeks China air safety dialogue

    The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific said Saturday she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  10. Suicide outranked war, cancer, heart disease, homicide and transportation accidents as the leading cause of death in the military in 2012 and 2013. Staff Sgt. Alexis Ramos / Army

    Suicide surpassed war as the military's leading cause of death

    War was the leading cause of death in the military nearly every year between 2004 and 2011 until suicides became the top means of dying for troops in 2012 and 2013, according to a bar chart published this week in a monthly Pentagon medical statistical ana

    • Nov. 3, 2014
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    Military Times poll: Troops fed up with politics

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Pettigrew feels like he should vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 4.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
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     Defense Department

    OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal — the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

    • Oct. 31, 2014

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