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CNNMoney: How Congress is hurting jobsupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 12:06:00

Everyone in Congress says they want to help create jobs and economic growth.

2 kids killed in Kandahar suicide bombingupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 10:52:00

A suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan killed two children and injured eight people Thursday, a government official said.

Panetta: Pressure mounting on Syriaupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:49:00

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the ongoing Syria crisis.

Obama signs defense bill 'with reservations'updated: Sat Dec 31 2011 18:40:00

President Barack Obama on Saturday reluctantly signed a defense authorization bill, saying he was concerned about some in Congress who want to restrict options used by counterterrorism officials.

Senate passes defense authorization billupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:22:00

The Senate gave approval Thursday to a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Paul: Leaders treat budget like a gameupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 17:22:00

Rep. Ron Paul says Congress is playing politics with the budget and will wait to the last minute to avoid a shutdown.

White House drops veto threat on defense billupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 05:38:00

The White House lifted a veto threat against a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill on Wednesday after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.

Congressional negotiators announce agreement on $662 billion defense billupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 22:52:00

House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

Mandatory military detention of terror suspects clears Senate hurdleupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 22:07:00

A controversial provision to require the military to retain custody of terror suspects affiliated with al Qaeda, the Taliban or their allies has been approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee and will be voted on by the Senate.

Fake military parts threaten securityupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 17:25:00

Lisa Sylvester looks at reports that most fake military components are traced to China.

Report: Bogus U.S. military parts traced to Chinaupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 17:25:00

A bipartisan congressional report has found a widespread problem with counterfeit electronic parts installed or purchased for use in American military systems around the world. Two U.S. senators said most of the bogus parts originate in China, according to an investigation by their staff.

NATO working to track thousands of Libyan missilesupdated: Thu Aug 25 2011 19:42:00

NATO is trying to learn specifics about how many surface-to-air missiles and launchers may still be operational inside Libya and who controls them, a NATO official told CNN Thursday.

Dempsey confirmation hearing becomes venue for vents on defense cutsupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 15:27:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee could be forgiven had Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Gen. Martin Dempsey gone very quickly. Dempsey is President Obama's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but he just went through a confirmation hearing four and a half months ago when he was nominated to be the Army chief of staff.

Key Democrat announces $6 billlion in defense budget savingsupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 15:18:00

Senators have found $6 billion in potential cuts to bring next year's proposed defense budget to $682 billion, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday.

Bin Laden death photos to be shown to some members of Congressupdated: Wed May 11 2011 05:37:00

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, as well as those in the equivalent House committees, will be allowed to view the photographs taken of Osama bin Laden after he was killed, a U.S. official told CNN Tuesday.

Who else was in the bin Laden compound?updated: Wed May 11 2011 05:37:00

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh looks at who else was in the compound when Osama bin Laden died.

General: 'Low likelihood' rebels could oust Gadhafiupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 13:18:00

A top U.S. general said Thursday he doubts that Libyan rebels could push into the nation's capital and topple Moammar Gadhafi, even with the NATO air cover.

Senate panel to probe counterfeit military parts problemupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 09:41:00

The risk of counterfeit electronics being used in military equipment has prompted a congressional investigation, the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday.

Gates: Army near a finding on Fort Hood suspect's rise through ranksupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 12:32:00

Fifteen months after the Fort Hood shootings, the Army is poised to report to the secretary of defense on how the suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan, rose through the ranks without raising any alarms.

U.S. options on captured terrorists still a dicey problemupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 18:30:00

If the United States were to capture a terrorist outside the battle zone, what the government can do with that individual is a "vexing challenge," a top U.S. official said.

Lack of trainers puts U.S. Afghan exit strategy at risk, report saysupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 19:39:00

A new report questions whether the centerpiece of the Obama administration's exit strategy for Afghanistan -- a training program for Afghan security forces -- can deliver as promised.

Congress approves defense authorization billupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 21:19:00

A revised version of the defense authorization bill that provides leeway on how to spend the Pentagon budget won approval from Congress on Wednesday, sending it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Marine commandant repeats his opposition to scrapping DADTupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 05:21:00

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is sticking to his guns in opposing gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, warning Tuesday that a change now in current policy could pose a deadly distraction on the Afghanistan battlefield.

Senate debates 'don't ask' repealupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 13:23:00

Military leaders testify to a Senate committee on the Pentagon's study on gays in the military.

McCain takes shot at 'don't ask, don't tell' repealupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 13:23:00

Now is not the time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces, Sen. John McCain said at a hearing Thursday.

Military readying release of study on 'don't ask, don't tell' repealupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 05:30:00

The Pentagon report on gays and lesbians in the military has been simmering for weeks but hits the full boil Tuesday.

McCain honest on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'?updated: Tue Nov 30 2010 05:30:00

Anderson Cooper reports on criticism levelled at Sen. John McCain's public statements on gays in the military.

Key week looms for military policy that bans gays from serving openlyupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 18:21:00

One of the most bitterly contested issues facing the soon-to-be adjourned Congress will take center stage next week when military leadership is called to testify about repealing the military prohibition on gay troops serving openly.

Lieberman says 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal not deadupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 05:27:00

Senators pushing for a repeal of the ban on openly gay troops serving in the military say they are encouraged by the progress toward a vote.

'De facto moratorium' on DADT discharges, but commanders may not knowupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 14:09:00

Two days after a federal judge in California issued an injunction, telling the U.S. military to "immediately... suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," the Department of Defense still hasn't told commanders in the field who handle the DADT investigations what to do.

Skelton: Defense cost-cutting can't mean a budget cutupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 11:15:00

The powerful House Armed Services chairman warned Wednesday that he won't let a Defense Department cost-cutting initiative result in a budget cut for the nation's military.

Pentagon tightens defense beltupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 14:54:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee grills Pentagon officials on recent cost-cutting initiatives.

Marine general opposes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Tue Sep 21 2010 11:44:00

Gen. James Amos, who is poised to become the new Marine Corps commandant, opposes repealing the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from the military.

Auditor to Pentagon: Check your mathupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 18:58:00

When it comes to the cost of developing a controversial second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense's math could be way off, a new government report concludes.

Pentagon survey asks military spouses about "don't ask" repealupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 18:56:00

The Pentagon wants to know what military spouses think of the plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

Salute the soldiers -- and the generalsupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 15:49:00

As I watched the split screen of the Petraeus hearings and the Kagan hearings this week, two views of what makes America great were clearly on display.

How much water do you need?updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 08:23:00

Summer temperatures are soaring, and that scratchy dryness in your throat makes you crave a glass of water.

Obama orders more benefits for same-sex partners of federal workersupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 10:44:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered executive-branch agencies to extend to employees' same-sex partners the same benefits provided to their opposite-sex partners, to the extent allowed by law.

Senate panel, House approve 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise planupdated: Fri May 28 2010 10:12:00

The U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments to a military bill Thursday that would repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, but only after some conditions are met.

Key votes on 'don't ask, don't tell' could begin Thursdayupdated: Thu May 27 2010 03:49:00

Initial votes on a proposal to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy could occur Thursday in the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House.

Byrd gives 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal enough votes for committeeupdated: Wed May 26 2010 22:47:00

Another key Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday endorsed a compromise plan to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

'Don't ask, don't tell' may be repealedupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:39:00

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at plans to vote to repeal a policy that restricts gays and lesbians in the military.

Gates lukewarm to 'don't ask, don't tell' dealupdated: Wed May 26 2010 11:39:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Gates gives lukewarm backing for 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal planupdated: Tue May 25 2010 18:56:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates issued a lukewarm endorsement Tuesday of a newly unveiled Democratic plan to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

What a bill to end military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy would doupdated: Tue May 25 2010 11:13:00

Congress could soon take up a bill to end the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" practice and allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the military. The Pentagon expects its review of the policy by the end of the year.

Key senator plans to lambast Blackwater actions in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 22:31:00

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee plans to unleash a withering attack Wednesday on private contractors working for the company formerly known as Blackwater in Afghanistan, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission.

Powell in favor of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell'updated: Wed Feb 03 2010 18:38:00

Colin Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state, has come out in favor of eventually repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay and lesbian service members.

'Don't ask, don't tell' reviewupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 14:09:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates directs the Pentagon to review regulations governing the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

Gates: Pentagon preparing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' policyupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 14:09:00

The Pentagon has taken the first steps toward repealing the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Sources: Joint Chiefs set to review 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policyupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 11:03:00

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen will meet with other members of the Joint Chiefs on Monday to discuss President Obama's plan to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian service members, according to two U.S. military officials.

Diplomat quits in protestupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 10:47:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the resignation of a respected diplomat in protest over the Afghan war.

U.S. set to pay Taliban members to switch sidesupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 10:47:00

There is a well-known saying in Afghanistan: "You can rent an Afghan, but you can't buy him."

Obama ducks gay soldiers pledge -- for nowupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 14:39:00

The United States is fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but there are thousands of troops caught-up in a very different battle and President Barack Obama is promising to win it.

New directive to restrict U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 21:40:00

The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan plans to issue a directive that will restrict the use of U.S. airstrikes in areas where civilian casualties might be a risk, his spokesman told CNN.

McChrystal's covert career could come under questionupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 12:53:00

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a man of many secrets.

New general in Afghanistanupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 12:53:00

Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal's special ops background may hurt his chance for confirmation. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Army post shuts down for anti-suicide eventupdated: Wed May 27 2009 18:17:00

A major United States military post is shutting down for three days following a rash of suicides, the post announced.

'Stressed and tired force' linked to military suicidesupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 21:52:00

An increase in the number of suicides among military personnel can be traced, in part, to a "stressed and tired force" made vulnerable by multiple deployments, a military leader said Wednesday.

Democrats voice concerns on Obama's Iraq drawdown planupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 16:27:00

Top Democrats have expressed concern over President Obama's plan to draw down nearly two-thirds of U.S. forces in Iraq by August 2010, while some key Republicans are offering praise.

Cost overruns have military facing 'train wreck,' McCain saysupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 17:30:00

Cost overruns on big-ticket Pentagon projects have left the U.S. military facing a budgetary "train wreck" at a time of growing budget deficits, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday.

Guantanamo detainees treated humanely, Pentagon report saysupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 01:31:00

A new Defense Department review of detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, concludes that the operation does not torture detainees but rather treats them humanely and in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

After Guantanamoupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 01:31:00

Former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed is back in Britain with allegations of torture. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Questions surround Obama nominee's contractor tiesupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 19:32:00

The head of the Senate Armed Services committee said Thursday that he needed more information on how the nominee for deputy secretary of defense would handle conflicts of interests in his Pentagon post.

Obama, top brass talk Iraqupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 19:32:00

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on President Obama's first meeting with U.S. military commanders.

Shinseki 'exactly the right person'updated: Mon Dec 08 2008 18:10:00

President-elect Obama says Gen. Eric Shinseki has agreed to be Veterans Affairs secretary.

McIntyre: Myth of Shinseki lingersupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 18:10:00

In fairness to Gen. Eric Shinseki, he's never said "I told you so."

Top U.S. general plans further troop reductions in Iraqupdated: Thu May 22 2008 11:40:00

Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq who has been nominated to head American forces in the Middle East, said Thursday he hopes to make recommendations for further troop reductions in Iraq before he moves to his new post in September.

Senate moves to restrict Iraq reconstruction fundingupdated: Thu May 01 2008 12:47:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee moved Wednesday to ban U.S. military funding of Iraqi reconstruction projects costing more than $2 million.

Iraq budget cut by $171M after oil-profit windfallupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 19:40:00

The Pentagon has agreed to cut from its budget $171 million to build police stations in Iraq after demands from Congress that the Iraqi government spend its recent oil windfall on reconstruction projects.

Time.com: Setting the Terms of the Iraq Debate updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 01:00:00

The three candidates staked out their positions questioning Petraeus and Crocker, bringing to light hard choices ahead

General: Army strained, combat tours may be cutupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 13:18:00

The Army's chief of staff told a Senate panel Tuesday that combat in Afghanistan and Iraq has left "our Army out of balance, consumed by the current fight," and could affect troop levels in the near future.

Time.com: Who's Minding America's Nukes? updated: Tue Feb 12 2008 15:00:00

Pentagon report slams military over lax security oversight of the nation's nuclear arsenal

Time.com: Gates Down on the F-22updated: Thu Feb 07 2008 15:00:00

The Secretary of Defense made clear to Congress that the number of F-22 fighters sought by the Air Force is excessive

Time.com: Obama's Foreign-Policy Problemupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 11:00:00

He's been criticized for a lack of foreign policy experience. But should his multicultural background and early years spent abroad be dismissed so easily?

Time.com: Petraeus Under Heavy Fireupdated: Wed Sep 12 2007 04:00:00

On his second day of testimony, the general failed to reassure skeptical Senators from both parties

Time.com: The Return of Ayad Allawiupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 21:00:00

Analysis: The former interim leader has positioned himself as a replacement for Maliki. But he's always been more popular in Washington than in Iraq

Defense chief: Iraq drawdown could begin this yearupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 11:13:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the United States could start withdrawing troops from Iraq later this year -- "if circumstances on the ground permit."

Dobbs: Two new voices will drive Iraq debate forwardupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 16:42:00

We heard two new voices this week in our nation's capital: One partisan and political, the other professional military.

Senate approves Gates as defense secretaryupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 09:36:00

The Senate voted 95-2 Wednesday to approve Robert Gates as President Bush's choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary.

Senate committee approves Gates nominationupdated: Tue Dec 05 2006 09:51:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved President Bush's nomination of Robert Gates to be defense secretary Tuesday and sent it to the full Senate for approval, the committee's outgoing chairman said.

Senate panel to hold hearings on atrocity reportsupdated: Sun May 28 2006 18:03:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings into allegations that U.S. Marines committed an atrocity last year in the Iraqi city of Haditha, the panel's chairman said Sunday.

Senators to Iraq: Political dawdling may risk U.S. military helpupdated: Tue Apr 25 2006 12:20:00

Three U.S. senators plan legislation that will send a stark message to Iraqi politicians: Form a government quickly or risk losing U.S. military support.

Feingold to call for rare presidential censureupdated: Sun Mar 12 2006 12:38:00

A top Democratic senator said Sunday he plans to introduce Monday a resolution calling for President Bush to be censured for his domestic wiretapping program.

Official says Iraqis resisting civil war updated: Sun Feb 26 2006 09:32:00

Iraq's national security adviser said Sunday that violence from the past week is not a precursor to civil war between the country's religious factions.

Getting the lowdown on Iraqupdated: Mon Nov 21 2005 15:16:00

If the Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to get a second opinion on how the war in Iraq is going, where does he turn? To the Pentagon, but not to the top brass this time. In an unusual closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill last week, Virginia's John Warner, joined by Democratic Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and Mark Dayton of Minnesota, sat across the table from 10 military officers chosen for their experience on the battlefield rather than in the political arena. Warner rounded up the battalion commanders to get at what the military calls "ground truth" -- the unvarnished story of what's going on in Iraq.

Pre-empting a spy chief?updated: Tue Apr 12 2005 12:56:00

John Negroponte, the President's pick for the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), hasn't even been confirmed for the job yet, but he is already facing serious turf battles in the U.S. intelligence community.

Congress eyes once-secret Pentagon unitupdated: Mon Jan 24 2005 20:45:00

Top members of the Senate Armed Services Committee met with the Pentagon's intelligence chief Monday amid reports that the Defense Department has been running a beefed-up intelligence-gathering unit.

GOP lawmaker Collins joins Rumsfeld criticsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2004 06:53:00

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has joined other Republicans in criticizing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Warner airs doubts on intelligence overhaul billupdated: Fri Dec 03 2004 18:37:00

In what could be a significant blow against an intelligence overhaul bill stalled in Congress, the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee expressed new doubts Friday about the legislation.

Key senators view Gitmo disturbance tapesupdated: Wed Jul 14 2004 21:30:00

Video of U.S. forces quelling disturbances at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility were shown to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy said.

Closing in on Tenetupdated: Mon May 24 2004 13:17:00

The Senate Intelligence Committee is getting closer to delivering a scathing report on the CIA's prewar intelligence on Iraq.

Senate panel to hold another hearing on abused prisonersupdated: Tue May 18 2004 19:36:00

The Senate Armed Services Committee is poised to hold another hearing Wednesday examining the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers, but Republicans are divided over how hard to pursue the issue.

GOP senator labels abused prisoners 'terrorists'updated: Tue May 11 2004 17:04:00

A Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee dismissed Tuesday the outrage over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops, saying Iraqis depicted in widely broadcast photographs probably had "blood on their hands."

Transcript of Taguba opening statementupdated: Tue May 11 2004 10:54:00

Following is a transcript of the opening statement by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is investigating the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military personnel.

The Taguba showupdated: Tue May 11 2004 06:47:00

The general who exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal appears for the first time before the Senate today in what promises to be a grim accounting of what went wrong.

Lawmakers to review new Iraq prison imagesupdated: Sun May 09 2004 13:11:00

Lawmakers will privately review more images this week of U.S. troops mistreating Iraqi prisoners, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday, amid widespread debate over whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign.

Rumsfeld testifies before Senate Armed Services Committeeupdated: Fri May 07 2004 17:06:00

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld came to the Senate Armed Services Committee knowing the spotlight he's always embraced would not be kind to him on this day. He came ready with a statement of contrition.

Rumsfeld tells Congress of his 'failure'updated: Fri May 07 2004 03:22:00

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld offered his "deepest apology" Friday for the abuse of some Iraqi prisoners by their U.S. captors, and he warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that graphic videos and more pictures of the mistreatment are likely to surface.

Rumsfeld: Unreleased images 'cruel and inhuman'updated: Fri May 07 2004 01:27:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld revealed Friday that videos and "a lot more pictures" exist of the abuse of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison.

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