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  1. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  2. American journalist James Foley, shown here in Syria in 2012. Manu Brabo

    Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes

    A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    Air Force grounds 82 F-16Ds after cracks discovered

    The Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  4. Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  5. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  6. Christopher Brandon Lee San Bernardino County Sheriff / AP

    Former Twentynine Palms Marine searched Internet about body disposal

    The former Marine accused of killing Erin Corwin admitted searching the Internet about how to dispose of a body, and .22-caliber cartridge casings at the mine shaft where she was found matched those found in his Jeep and home, according to an arrest warrant filed in California Superior Court.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  7. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun makes a statement to the press outside Quantico Marine Base Va., in 2004. Hassoun initially disappeared from his unit during a 2004 deployment to Iraq. He then disappeared again in December 2004. Steve Helber / AP

    Investigative hearing set for alleged Marine deserter

    Marine officials have scheduled an Article 32 investigative hearing for Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, suspected of deserting his post twice, once in Iraq.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  8. Afghan National Security Forces soldiers prepare for a resupply mission in Afghanistan's Helmand province. There are reports that Afghan special forces troops have been engaging in peace talks with Taliban leaders. Spc. Brandon Thomas/Army

    Reports: Afghan special forces negotiating with Taliban in Sangin

    Reports about peace talks between Taliban leaders and Afghan special forces troops in Afghanistan's Helmand province have raised questions about security as coalition forces prepare to withdraw troops this year.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov receives airwarfare specialist certification during his deployment on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in early 2012. Courtesy of the Chepusov family

    Sailor, allegedly strangled to death by airman, remembered as caring

    Shortly before his death, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov received a medal for helping save a soldier's life.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. Cadets look on as members of the United States men's national basketball team practice on Aug. 18 at Christl Arena at the U.S. Military Academy. Mike Groll / AP

    West Point pride: Coach K brings Team USA to alma mater

    In front of ESPN cameras and super-sized shoe-company logos Monday at West Point's Christl Arena, the U.S.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  11. Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  12. Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. Petro Zadorozhnyy/The Associated Press

    Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  13. F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 during Exercise Valiant Shield. Senior Airman Miranda Moorer/Air Force

    U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes

    The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  14. A citizen peacekeeper tries to keep protesters back Monday as police advance, in Ferguson, Mo. Christian Gooden / AP

    Guard stays on sidelines as police, protesters collide in Ferguson

    The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. An helicopter sprays water on the flames burning the bush after two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, Tuesday, near Venarotta some 20 kilometers from Ascoli Piceno in central Italy. It wasn't immediately known whether the two pilots and two navigators managed to eject from the Tornado jets. Sandro Perozzi/The Associated Press

    2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

    Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  16. A Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces type 90 tank fires Tuesday during an exercise at the Higashi-Fuji training ground in Gotemba. A total of 2,300 personnel, 80 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 aircraft and 600 vehicles are participating in the exercise. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP via Getty Images

    Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  17. Six Flags apologizes to Marine vet for gun shirt error

    A former Marine who wasn't allowed into an amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue rifle pictured on it has been given an apology.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  18. Civilian employee union opposes military cuts

    A union that represents civilian workers at Fort Bragg is asking the congressional delegation to fight potential budget cuts.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  19. Erin Corwin The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun / Submitted

    Body of missing Marine wife Erin Corwin found; Christopher Lee arrested

    Former Marine Christopher Lee was arrested Sunday night in the killing of Erin Corwin, a missing Marine wife who was found crumpled at the bottom of a 140-foot-deep mineshaft in a remote area of the High Desert.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  20. A maintenance facility at Camp Grayling, in Grayling, Mich., was the subject of an investigation. It recommended criminal investigations and the removal of seven people. Two fired master sergeants had their hearings postponed last week. AP

    Report alleges theft, moonlighting, nepotism rampant at Camp Grayling

    A Michigan National Guard investigation produced allegations of widespread theft, moonlighting, destruction of government property and nepotism at an equipment maintenance facility at the Camp Grayling military training base.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  21. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    Navy flies manned, unmanned carrier jets together for first time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  22. An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off March 6 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Staff Sgt. Emerson Nunez / Air Force

    12 Lakenheath F-15s participate in NATO joint exercise

    Twelve F-15 fighter jets and 180 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, are participating in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian military, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  23.  Thinkstock

    Army researchers test 3-D printed chow

    It sounds like science fiction, but the Army is taking a real look at 3-D printing food, an idea that may lead to customizable meals for the battlefield with nutrient yields tailor-made to the individual service member, on demand.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  24. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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