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Air Force nominee Barrett gets gentle treatment at confirmation hearing

In an otherwise amicable confirmation hearing, some senators pressed Barrett on her response to the Trump administration’s plan to divert $3.6 billion from military projects toward a border wall.... Read more»

Arizona delegation brings new faces, less seniority to next Congress

Arizona will lose decades of seniority, as the 116th Congress convenes without McCain, Kyl, Flake or Franks. But that may not be a bad thing.... Read more»

McCain warns against Russian overtures day after Trump and Putin talk

Sen. John McCain issued a stern warning Tuesday against smoothing relations with Russia, one day after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that the two countries need to do just that.... Read more»

Bergdahl's lawyers ask for charges to be dropped over McCain comments

The legal team for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Monday asked to have the charges against the former prisoner of war dismissed, arguing comments made by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain violated his due process rights. ... Read more»

Five ways Congress is trying to curb rape in the military

When the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the U.S. military’s sexual assault crisis, lawmakers grilled Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officials on the alarmingly high number of rapes and other sexual abuses in their ranks.... Read more»

Lawmakers criticize Pentagon spending for golf nets, museums and sun rooms

Pentagon officials have been warning that budget cuts will provoke a “hollowing out” of warfighting capabilities in coming years, with tens of billions of dollars on the table under so-called “sequestration” cuts. Somehow, however, there is still enough money to pay for the construction of some new sun rooms for military housing used by senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany, a country the U.S. military has begun to flee.... Read more»

McChrystal's ouster: The view from Kabul

A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation, the profound challenges the U.S. and its allies face remain and some are brought more sharply into relief by the surprising turn of events, particularly the deep divisions within the administration of President Obama.... Read more»