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Who’s responsible for withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq at the end of 2011? Jeb Bush says President Obama is to blame, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign says President George W. Bush signed the agreement that set the withdrawal date. Read more»

Afghan National Policemen stand on parade following a capabilities demonstration.

The U.S. spent roughly $25 billion last year on what’s loosely known as security assistance—a term that can cover everything from training Afghan security forces to sending Egypt F-16 fighter jets to equipping Mexican port police with radiation scanners. The spending, which has soared in the past decade, can be hard to trace. Read more»

Lindsey Graham [R-SC]

Sen. Lindsey Graham exaggerated when he claimed “all the information” that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden came from “enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay.” Detainees provided “key information” about bin Laden’s “courier network,” but “other sources” provided “other intelligence” that ultimately led to his capture and death, intelligence officials have said. Read more»

B61 Thermonuclear Bomb. The B61 nuclear bomb is designed for carriage by aircraft at supersonic flight speeds and is the primary thermonuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile since the end of the Cold War.

The Obama administration will propose a deep cut in funding for nuclear nonproliferation programs at the Energy Department largely so it can boost the department’s spending to modernize its stockpile of nuclear weapons, according to officials familiar with the proposed 2014 federal budget to be unveiled Wednesday. Read more»

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing can be seen at dusk during a post-flight inspection in Victorville, Calif., in January 2012.

The Obama administration has justified its counter-terror strategy on a law Congress passed just days after 9/11. But more than a decade later, does it fit the facts on the ground? Read more»

The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from ground combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops. Read more»

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta formally announced Thursday that the military's ban on women in combat roles will come to an end, allowing female soldiers to move into jobs previously closed to them. Read more»

U.S. Senator John McCain said Wednesday he approves of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat, while saying the armed forces must uphold "rigorous physical standards." Read more»

U.S. Army Sgt. James Misch shows Afghan National Army soldiers how to load an M2 .50-caliber machine gun during basic marksmanship skills training in Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 18, 2012.

What happened to almost $475 million worth of oil destined for the Afghan National Army? That’s what the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) would like to know. Read more»

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and various senior Defense Department and military officials announce the Defense Strategic Review on January 5.

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term. Read more»

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks to pilots during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in January.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has defended the military’s use of drones to target insurgents in Pakistan, while addressing a conference in neighboring India. Read more»

Army Staff Sgt. Janelle Flottmeyer holds her nephew during a welcome home ceremony for her unit in Pierre, S.D., on May 12. The unit returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

Two female are suing the U.S. government in an attempt to lift the country's ban on women in combat. Read more»

White House efforts to reassure the public that there was never a serious threat from the recently foiled underwear bomb plot may have inadvertently caused information about covert operations to be leaked. Read more»

An F-22 fighter jet with its weapons bay open flies over Minnesota on June 27, 2010.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the Air Force on Tuesday to investigate safety problems with the F-22 fighter jet and restrict missions to regions where pilots can quickly land if they experience oxygen problems. Read more»

The colors are retired at the end of mission ceremony in Baghdad, Dec. 15, 2011.

The Pentagon’s personnel budget is composed of three major items: pay, retirement, and health care. These costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years and now consume one-third of the baseline defense budget. If they continue growing, these costs will begin to divert funds from other critical national security initiatives such as training and modernization. Read more»

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