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  1. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    A convoy of Islamic State fighters is seen entering Iraq's Anbar province in January. AP

    5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities

    Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. President Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 16 in Atlanta. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says

    President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    A handwritten note saying 'Your Navy Yard Neighbors Send (Love) and Prayers' is taped to a post across the street from an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 18, 2013. Survivors and families of those killed gathered Tuesday for a ceremony of remembrance on the first anniversary of the rampage. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    Service mourns 12 fallen one year after Navy Yard shootings

    Vice Adm. William Hilarides' voice broke as he read 12 names, each followed by a bell toll, at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the shootings here that claimed the lives of those named.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  4. Vice President Joe Biden provided the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2012 graduation and commissioning ceremony at Michie Stadium. Mike Strasser / U.S. Military Academy

    As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret

    During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  5. IG: Sexual assault investigators should improve methods

    Military investigators responding to reports of sexual assaults do not always follow the widely accepted standards set by civilian police agencies, according to a new Pentagon Inspector General's report.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  6. Iraqi lawmakers attend a Sept. 8 session to approve the new government in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Sept. 16 leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country. Karim Kadim / AP

    Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadiís nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  7. A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    Air Force expects to test counter-electronics missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose ó and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  8. Marine veteran Pete Doan of 9:24 CrossFit opened the small-town gym in March 2013. Trevor Jones/Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune

    A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties

    Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  9. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., walks onstage to anounce the release of a website titled 'Benghazi on the Record' during a Sept. 16 news conference on Capitol Hill. Cliff Owen / AP

    Democrats launch website to counter GOP Benghazi narrative

    House Democrats are pre-emptively launching a new website to counter Republican claims about the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  10. U.S. military forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a U.S. military camp in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops

    A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    A handwritten note saying 'Your Navy Yard Neighbors Send (Love) and Prayers' is taped to a post across the street from an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 18, 2013. Survivors and families of those killed gathered Tuesday for a ceremony of remembrance on the first anniversary of the rampage. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    Ceremony to mark anniversary of Navy Yard shooting

    Survivors and families of those killed in the Washington Navy Yard shootings will gather for a ceremony of remembrance.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    Deaf students push for admission to Air Force

    Students and teachers at the North Carolina School for the Deaf are pushing for the right of the hearing-impaired to serve in the military.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    Flame erupts from the muzzle of a Civil War-era replica cannon during the final volley in a salute to close out a Confederate Memorial Service on Sept. 6, at a Lazarine Cemetery west of Nacogdoches, Texas. Andrew D. Brosig / AP

    Civil War soldiers buried as 'unknowns' ID'd

    The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as 'Unknowns' in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. Survey: Financial concerns plague military families

    The active-duty community's uncertainty about their future and concerns about their own financial stability are clear in the results of this year's Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  12. The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2013 marches into Falcon Stadium for graduation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations

    New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies ó including geography.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. An F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off on Sept. 13 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say

    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    President Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Sept. 15 at the White House. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam

    More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  14. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 10. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

    The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a Carnegie Europe think tank event Sept. 15 at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. Virginia Mayo / AP

    NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 general officer billets to be cut in fiscal 2015

    The Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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