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Marines on patrol in an Afghan poppy field.

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

The M35 truck is an example of what is available to local, state and federal agencies through the federal government's 1033 program.

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»

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»

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»

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

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»

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

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

Last year, the military identified just 60 service members out of the about 83,000 Americans missing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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

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»

The Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, north of Damascus, is considered to be where Syrias chemical weapons program was planned and developed.

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»

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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»

Arizona Sens. John McCain, left, and Jeff Flake speak during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting at which senators gave preliminary approval to a resolution allowing the president to take 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»

Arizona Sens. John McCain, left, and Jeff Flake confer before Tuesday’s hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at which administration officials urged congressional approval for action against 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

An RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft

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»

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, shown here in a May photo, said he called for civilian furloughs 'reluctantly' but that they were crafted to have the least impact on defense readiness while meeting budget-cutting goals under sequestration.

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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