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House passes budget bill that would save the A-10 for a year

The House passed a defense funding bill Thursday that would keep the Air Force's A-10 fighter jets flying for another year.... Read more»1

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Afghan poppy crop hits all-time high despite $7.6B U.S. campaign

The new Afghan president is facing a big drug problem as the country's opium poppy crop hits an all-time high.... Read more»

On the border, military gear inspires mixed reactions

A federal program that transfers surplus military equipment to local communities is drawing a mix of responses from border officials whose regions have benefited from the initiative. ... Read more»

Pentagon finds litany of problems with efforts to recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job – and when to end it. ... Read more»

Pentagon finally decides to dig up remains of long lost soldier

After years of refusing to act, the U.S. military has reversed course and has decided to disinter the possible grave of Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a POW from World War II who is buried anonymously in an American war cemetery in the Philippines. ... Read more»

Sorting murky issues on the POW swap

A lot of gray area surrounds the political rhetoric about the White House’s decision to swap Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban figures detained at Guantanamo.... Read more»

VA and military care are different, but often confused

The health systems serving veterans and military members are separate, but both are under scrutiny.... Read more»

Big revamp of Pentagon’s troubled mission to find missing soldiers looks a lot like old revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say. ... Read more»

Pentagon overhauls effort to identify its missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation. ... Read more»

Panning Pentagon cuts, Barber vows fight for A-10

In the face of a proposal to retire the entire A-10 fleet, Rep. Ron Barber said he would fight to keep the Warthog flying, calling the aircraft "crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country." While the Pentagon said cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years, Barber said it would only save $700,000 "after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade" the attack aircraft. (with video) ... Read more»

Where did Syria’s chemical weapons come from?

In the wake of a recent Russian-U.S. deal averting American airstrikes, Syria has begun to answer questions about its chemical weapons stockpile. One thing inspectors don’t have the mandate to ask is where those weapons came from in the first place. But evidence already out there suggests Syria got crucial help from Moscow and Western European companies. ... Read more»

Kerry spins his record on Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry recently revised the historical record to say both he and Chuck Hagel, now the secretary of defense, “opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq” as senators. Both voted to give President Bush the authority to use military force in Iraq.... Read more»

Az senators vote to approve limited military action against Syria

Both of Arizona’s senators voted Wednesday to authorize military strikes against the Syrian government for its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians and opposition forces in that country’s civil war.... Read more»

Senators hear White House pitch for military action vs. Syria

Arizona's Republican senators had only one question as Obama administration officials asked for congressional approval Tuesday for a military strike against Syria: What took so long?... Read more»1

The huge drone that could not be grounded

A major defense contractor used campaign donations and insider access on Capitol Hill to defy the Air Force and keep a troubled drone aloft at a cost to taxpayers of billions of dollars ... Read more»

Furloughs will cut pay for thousands of Az defense workers

Defense Department furloughs that took effect Monday will mean about a 20 percent reduction in pay for the rest of this fiscal year for the roughly 8,400 department civilian employees in Arizona. The furloughs do not affect active military, but most civilian defense workers will lose 11 days of pay between now and Sept. 30 because of sequestration.... Read more»

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