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    Members of an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker crew refuel a B-52 Stratofortress during a Nov. 13 training exercise. Thomas J. Sobczyk / Air Force

    Global Strike's review of morale expands to bomber crews

    Air Force Global Strike Command's effort to grasp morale problems and outline steps to improve the nuclear community is moving beyond missileers to bomber crews.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    The Air Force says it would save $3.7 billion by eliminating the 353-aircraft A-10 fleet. Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman / Air Force

    Air Force leaders tout states' support for A-10 cuts

    Air National Guard leaders and governors are offering strong support for an Air Force plan to replace A-10 fleets with new missions in six states — unlike a vocal group of congressional lawmakers who have said they will fight to save the Warthog.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  1. The 'Happy Human' symbol associated with Humanisn. Wikimedia Commons

    Army recognizes 'Humanism' as a religious preference

    The Army has taken a step toward officially acknowledging 'humanists' among other faiths and belief systems, ending years of resistance to the idea, advocates say.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2. Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

    The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of 'flagrant vio

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, vowed to hold hearings on the lapses in care in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Lawmakers vow hearings on Phoenix VA health care issues

    Congressional leaders are promising hearings and further investigation into allegations that officials in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system covered up lengthy wait times for care of thousands of veterans, contributing to at least 40 deaths.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    President Barack Obama gestures Thursday as he attends a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo. President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions 'teed up' — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Junko Kimura-Matsumoto / AP

    Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

    Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions 'teed up' — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladim

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  3. A sign cautions visitors outside a 'pump and treat' facility aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., the site of one of the worst drinking water contaminations in U.S. history. Allen Breed/Associated Press

    Victims of Lejeune toxic water meet skepticism at Supreme Court

    A divided Supreme Court seemed mostly dubious Wednesday that federal claims for environmental damages can be brought after state deadlines have passed, signaling a potential setback for thousands of former Marines and their families exposed decades ago to

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    An artist's rendering of a KC-46A refueling F-16 Fighting Falcons. Courtesy of Boeing Co.

    Altus selected for KC-46A training

    KC-46A Pegasus crews will train at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when the tanker begins to enter the fleet in fiscal 2016, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says a continued US presence could help Afghanistan establish a self-sustaining aeronautical industry. Scott M. Ash / US Air Force

    Welsh: Afghanistan could create 'meaningful' aerospace industry

    Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking U.S. official believes that could change.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. State Dept. says Egypt cleared for U.S. military aid

    The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Hagel seeking to deepen U.S.-Mexico ties

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    President Barack Obama steps from Air Force One Wednesday as he arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world's nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. Lee Jin-man / AP

    Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

    The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during an April 22 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Andrew Kravchenko / AP

    Ukraine orders offensive as Biden presses Russia

    Ukraine's president on Tuesday ordered the country's forces to renew a military operation against pro-Russian militants in East Ukraine after the killing of two men and a shooting at a plane.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. This April 18, 2012, satellite image provided by GeoEye shows North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. GeoEye / AP

    Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

    Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Judge: Prosecutors must turn over info on secret CIA prisons

    Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. Foreign troops now eligible for Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    President Obama has signed an executive order that allows foreign troops who work with the U.S. military to be eligible for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  10. U.S. seeks to navigate military-civilian power blocs in Pakistan

    It has been six years since the Pakistani military gave up direct control of that nation's government. But U.S.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. USS Port Royal (CG 73) undocks from Dry Dock 4 in 2009 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The USS Port Royal, along with the USS Lake Erie and the USS Chosin, is among 11 Navy cruisers that will be placed on reduced operating status while they are modernized. Liane Nakahara / Navy

    Navy cruisers go into 'laid up' status at Pearl Harbor

    A 20-year-old guided-missile cruiser will join two other ships in 'laid up' status at Pearl Harbor.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Vice President Biden, left, is greeted upon arrival April 21 at Borispol airport outside Kiev, Ukraine. Sergei Chuzavkov / AP

    U.S.: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Russia has 'days, not weeks' to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

    Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Soldiers pause for a moment of prayer during the National Day of Prayer breakfast at Torii Station, Japan, in 2013. Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Army

    Army personnel to take part in prayer event

    Army officials say they will not back away from participating in a Capitol Hill prayer event next month despite complaints that the event amounts to an endorsement of evangelical Christians.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Hagel vows to keep fighting sexual assault

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his visit Monday to the military's sexual assault hotline sends this message: No single issue has a higher priority at the Pentagon.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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