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  • Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    September 12, 2014 2:08 AM

    DENVER, CO - Retired Gen. David Petraeus says President Barack Obama's decision to intensify the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is a good start. Speaking in Denver at a 9/11 commemoration Thursday, Petraeus said Obama made a forceful case for battling militants who control large... more »
  • Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants Play Video

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad. But administration officials say Obama will press... more »
  • Town of Jackson to honor veterans with new memorial Play Video

    September 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    JACKSON - A town in East Feliciana Parish is coming together to honor veterans of the armed forces with the construction of a new memorial. The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is heading up the project with plenty of support from local residents. "A lot of people find this... more »
  • US kills six militants in Somalia strike Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:22 AM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were killed. Abu Mohammed told The Associated... more »
  • Soldiers return home from Afghanistan Play Video

    August 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Families were reunited with soldiers returning from Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon. Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 927th Engineer Company were flown into the Baton Rouge airport after being away from their families for a year. The unit is based in Baton Rouge and deployed... more »
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    August 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in... more »
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State Play Video

    August 14, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum. For... more »
  • National Guardsmen honored in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - American heroes were honored Sunday afternoon for their service in the military. Members of the 844th and 1021st Engineer Company, and the 2228th Military Police Company along with the 159th Fighter Wing were all honored with the Louisiana War Cross award. More than 360 National Guardsmen... more »
  • Obama: 275 US forces deploying to Iraq

    June 16, 2014 5:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq. Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in... more »
  • House, Senate move to improve health care for vets

    June 11, 2014 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
  • Obama: US will boost military presence in Europe

    June 3, 2014 7:42 AM

    WARSAW, Poland - President Barack Obama says the United States plans to increase its military presence in Europe by sending in more American troops. Obama is speaking at a joint news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Obama says his new initiative will involve prepositioning more U.S. military... more »
  • House panel rejects cuts in military benefits

    April 30, 2014 2:18 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is saying "not so fast" to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits. The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its draft legislation Tuesday, and Republicans... more »
  • Soldier caught with bag of pot released to military

    March 14, 2014 10:27 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A member of the United States Army was released from the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison to military police Friday. Sgt. Horace Brown , 30, had been in jail since he was arrested for carrying 23 pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag. Authorities said they found... more »
  • Russia demands 2 Ukraine warships surrender

    March 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    KIEV, Ukraine - Russia pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised to create a new unity government which would rule until an early election no later than December. But the proposal seemed to be a non-starter as diplomats met in Brussels,... more »
  • Religion waivers for the military

    January 22, 2014 7:33 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon approved a new policy that allows members of the military to ask for waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practices. The waivers will be allowed on a case-by-case basis and depends on where the military member is serving and if... more »
  • La. troops return home from Kuwait Play Video

    December 16, 2013 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christmas has come early for a number of local military families. This morning members of the 922nd Horizontal Engineer Company of the Louisiana National Guard touched down at Baton Rouge Metro Airport. They've been in Kuwait for ten months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, conducting... more »
  • Defense bill deals with sexual assault in the military

    December 13, 2013 6:15 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power. The House passed the legislation Thursday. The strong bipartisan vote... more »
  • Pennington gets $16 million in defense grants

    December 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Pennington Biomedical Research Center has received two grants from the Department of Defense totaling nearly $16 million. The military research and health promotion grants are in support of optimal nutrition, fitness, combat readiness, Warfighter performance and resilience. The first grants, called CROWN 2 is... more »
  • Lawmakers to get update on propellant removal

    November 19, 2013 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are getting an update on efforts to dispose of 18 million pounds of military propellant that authorities said had been improperly stored at Camp Minden. The state Military Department had planned to use federal money to hire an outside contractor to remove the explosive materials.... more »
  • Philippines typhoon death toll rises

    November 15, 2013 8:55 AM

    MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine civil defense official says the death toll from last week's Typhoon Haiyan has risen to 3,621. The new figure surpasses he estimated 2,500 deaths that President Benigno Aquino III had predicted earlier this week. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending roughly 1,000 more troops and... more »
  • Veterans Day events honor military for service

    November 11, 2013 7:39 AM

    Across the nation on Veterans Day today, Americans are honoring the sacrifices and service of the armed forces. President Barack Obama plans to attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. In his proclamation, Obama says the country's obligations to those who have served "endure long after the battle ends." The... more »
  • Assad credits Russia with chemical weapons move

    September 12, 2013 10:37 AM

    MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar Assad says his government has agreed to surrender its chemical weapons in response to Russia's initiative and not because of the U.S. threat of attack. Assad told Russia's state Rossiya 24 news channel in an interview that is set to be broadcast fully later Thursday... more »
  • Obama: No ground troops, air campaign in Syria

    September 10, 2013 9:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is pledging that he won't deploy ground combat troops or wage a prolonged air campaign against Syria. In his speech to the nation Tuesday seeking public support for a possible military strike against President Bashar Assad's government, the president also promised he would not pursue... more »
  • Watch the president's LIVE address to the nation HERE

    September 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight about a possible U. S. response to Syria using chemical weapons against rebel fights and civilians in its ongoing civil war. The president initially called chemical weapons use a "red line" he warned Syria not to cross. Obama... more »
  • Boustany says he'll vote against Syria strike

    September 9, 2013 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has become the third member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to say he opposes U.S. military intervention in Syria. Boustany, a Republican from Lafayette, announced his decision Monday to vote against President Barack Obama's proposal after a closed-door briefing with other members of Congress,... more »
  • Obama sees potential breakthrough in weapons idea

    September 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough. Obama told NBC News in an interview Monday that he remains skeptical that Syria will follow through and turn over its stockpile, so he's... more »
  • Vitter to vote no on US military action in Syria

    September 5, 2013 9:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. David Vitter says he will vote against a U.S. military strike in Syria, becoming the second member of Louisiana's congressional delegation to register opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal. The remaining members in the state's congressional delegation, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, say they are undecided about... more »
  • La. members of Congress largely undecided on Syria

    September 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S.... more »
  • McCain opposes current Senate resolution on Syria

    September 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he doesn't support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria. McCain is an outspoken advocate of intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and wants more than cruise missile strikes and other limited action. The Arizona Republican threatened earlier this week... more »
  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • Assad: Risk of regional war if West strikes Syria

    September 2, 2013 12:53 PM

    PARIS - Syrian President Bashar Assad says military strikes against his country would risk triggering a regional war. The Syrian leader says the Middle East is a "powder keg" and no one can say what will transpire if the West takes military action against Syria. He warns, however, that "the... more »
  • Scant foreign support for US strikes on Syria

    August 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is poised to become the first U.S. leader in three decades to attack a foreign nation without broad international support or in direct defense of Americans. Not since President Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983 has the U.S.... more »
  • Obama says he's considering 'narrow' Syria action

    August 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week. Obama says that attack was a... more »
  • Syrians prepare for possible attack

    August 30, 2013 9:18 AM

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Shops in Syria's capital are filled with people stocking up on bread, canned food and other necessities ahead of what are expected to be U.S. military strikes. But there appear to be no signs of panic or food shortages. U.N. inspectors, meanwhile, have been at... more »
  • Assad: Syria will defend itself

    August 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad says his country will defend itself against any aggression. That's according to Syria's state news agency. Secretary of State John Kerry has said links between a poison gas attack on Syrian civilians and the Assad government are "undeniable," but U.S. intelligence officials are... more »
  • US signals readiness to strike Syria

    August 27, 2013 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says any military action against Syria will be limited, and won't be aimed at forcing Bashar Assad from power. The administration is getting ready to declare formally that chemical weapons have been used in Syria's civil war. And White House spokesman Jay Carney says it... more »
  • White House: Chemical attack requires response

    August 27, 2013 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is making a legal argument for undertaking a military response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, but says any action taken against the Syrian regime is not intended to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the... more »
  • Stocks fall as tensions with Syria escalate

    August 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    NEW YORK - Worries about a potential military strike against Syria are dragging down the stock market and sending oil and gold prices higher. Tension is rising between Syria and the West. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that U.S. forces are ready to strike if President Barack Obama... more »
  • Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria

    August 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week. Republican Sen. Bob Corker is calling for the U.S. to respond in a "surgical and proportional way, something that gets their... more »
  • Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    August 21, 2013 9:41 AM

    FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving a trove of military and diplomatic secrets to the website WikiLeaks. Manning was sentenced Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The judge convicted the 25-year-old soldier last month... more »
  • Toll in Egypt violence mounts to 30 nationwide

    July 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    CAIRO - Medical officials say at least 12 people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria, bringing nationwide toll to 30. Emergency services official Amr Salama says the 12 died when hundreds of Islamists descended on a... more »
  • Interim president pays tribute to protesters

    July 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    CAIRO - It's the first step toward setting up a new leadership in Egypt. The country's interim president was sworn in today before his fellow judges at the country's Supreme Constitutional Court. Adly Mansour said afterward that the protests that helped bring about the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi were... more »
  • Egypt army ousts Morsi, calls early vote

    July 3, 2013 2:18 PM

    CAIRO - Egypt's military has replaced their embattled president, President Mohammed Morsi, with the nation's chief justice, suspended their Islamist-backed constitution and called for early elections. Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the... more »
  • Pentagon: Hagel calls Egyptian defense minister

    July 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the... more »
  • Female World War II veterans share their stories

    July 2, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four female World War II veterans met in Baton Rouge today to share stories and be recognized for their service. Some of the women are more than 90 years old, yet they remember their time in the military like it was yesterday. "My decision to... more »
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    June 18, 2013 8:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - Military leaders will roll out their plans Tuesday to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army... more »
  • Women in combat

    June 17, 2013 7:23 PM

    WASHINGTON- Women may be able to train for previously men-only combat roles, like Army Rangers or Navy Seals, by mid 2015. The plans have yet to be announced by the Pentagon but the Associated Press obtained details. The idea is to slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs and... more »
  • House Dem pushes for repeal of military force law

    June 10, 2013 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many American troops on the battlefield today were on playgrounds when Congress gave the president broad authority to wage the war on terror. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says that's one reason why it's time to repeal the law - at least by the end of 2014 when combat... more »
  • Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

    June 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The Stolen Valor Act cleared both chambers of Congress last month. The White House says Obama signed it Monday. The measure revives a law struck down... more »
  • Obama urges Americans to remember the sacrifice of service members

    May 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama is calling on Americans to remember and honor the sacrifices of the country's fighting men and women. And he says we should "never forget that the nation is still at war," even though the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's... more »
  • Obama cites new framework for terror war

    May 23, 2013 2:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has established a new framework to govern U.S. force against terrorists. He says it includes clear guidelines as well as oversight and accountability. Obama says in a speech Thursday he put this framework into a single document by signing on Wednesday what is... more »
  • House passes bill on lying about military medals

    May 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill making it a crime for people to falsely claim they have received a military medal in order to obtain money or government benefits. Under the legislation, which passed overwhelmingly and now goes to the Senate, offenders could face up to a year... more »
  • AP sources: Pentagon to cut civilian furlough days

    May 14, 2013 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials say the Defense Department leaders trying to find ways to deal with mandatory budget cuts are poised to trim the number of civilian furlough days from 14 to at least 11 and allow the military to exempt thousands of additional workers from the unpaid day... more »
  • Obama: Sexual assault in military is a 'betrayal'

    May 7, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says military personnel who engage in sexual assault are betraying the uniform they are wearing. He says he has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to "step up our game exponentially" to halt such assaults. In a tough statement, Obama said he wanted members of the... more »
  • NKorea warns military cleared to wage nuke attack

    April 3, 2013 6:02 PM

    PYONGYANG, North Korea - The North Korean army is warning Washington that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons. The threat from the unnamed army spokesman early Thursday is latest in a series of escalating warnings from North Korea, which has... more »
  • LSU endures through rough start, downs Alcorn 7-3

    April 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shortstop Alex Bregman recorded his ninth straight multi-hit game as No. 2 LSU (27-2) defeated Alcorn State (6-27) by a score of 7-3 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium. Bregman, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., is now riding a 17-game hit streak and is hitting .619... more »
  • Military Appreciation Night at Alex Box Stadium Tuesday

    April 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team will salute the military Tuesday night at the ballpark when they square off again Alcorn St. Servicemen and women will be eligible for discounted tickets and the first 1500 fans through the gate at Alex Box Stadium will take home a free hat.... more »
  • White House: No military moves seen in N. Korea

    April 1, 2013 12:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says that despite bellicose rhetoric from North Korea the Obama administration has not seen changes in the regime's military posture. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mondays the U.S. has not detected any military mobilization or repositioning of forces from Pyongyang to back up... more »
  • 3 dead, including suspect in Marine base shooting

    March 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    QUANTICO, Va. - A lockdown has been lifted at a Marine base in Virginia, where authorities say a Marine killed a male and female colleague last night before killing himself. Authorities found the body of one Marine late last night in barracks and the bodies of two other Marines later.... more »
  • Congress spares military's tuition aid program

    March 21, 2013 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has spared the military's tuition assistance program from the budget knife. The House cleared a bill on Thursday to keep the government running. It includes a provision reversing the decision by the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps to suspend the program. Faced with some $43 billion... more »
  • Senate votes to confirm Hagel as defense chief

    February 27, 2013 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel is expected to take the oath of office today as defense secretary. Just four Republicans joined Democrats in confirming Hagel, a two-term Republican senator and a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran. The vote came after the GOP ended an unprecedented filibuster. President Obama called Hagel the... more »
  • US Army general facing sex charges heads to court

    February 21, 2013 8:06 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A hearing is scheduled today at Fort Bragg for a U.S. Army general charged with sexual misconduct. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is expected in court for a hearing on pre-trial motions. Sinclair faces court martial on charges that include forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and... more »
  • Young veterans struggle to find employment

    February 19, 2013 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Younger military veterans who served in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks are having a hard time finding work. The unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 exceeded 20 percent last year. It was also in double digits for those 25-34. The unemployment rate for both... more »
  • Long-missing WWII medal to be awarded

    February 17, 2013 10:26 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A Southern California woman who never knew her father is about to receive his Purple Heart, Silver Star and other military medals he earned before he died in World War II. Hyla Merin is set to receive eight medals earned by her father 2nd Lt. Hyman Markel... more »
  • FAA takes step toward widespread US drone flights

    February 15, 2013 7:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to happening with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. The Federal Aviation Administration made the request Thursday, kicking off... more »
  • Sheriff: Vet charged in shootings won't see lawyer

    February 6, 2013 6:22 AM

    FORT WORTH, Texas - A Texas sheriff says the Iraq War veteran charged with gunning down a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend has refused to meet with his family or court-appointed attorney. Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says Eddie Ray Routh remained in his cell Tuesday instead of... more »
  • Panetta: Drone strike decisions don't come lightly

    February 4, 2013 2:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says decisions to strike potential terrorist targets with unmanned drones don't "come lightly." Panetta says those who authorize the drone strikes make sure they "are focused on somebody who is ... a direct threat to the United States." In an interview released Sunday by... more »
  • 3 days of hearings set in Fort Hood shooting case

    January 30, 2013 7:30 AM

    FORT HOOD, Texas - The new judge in the Fort Hood shooting case is to decide this week whether to spare Maj. Nidal Hasan a possible death sentence and let him plead guilty in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. Pretrial hearings are scheduled Wednesday through Friday... more »
  • GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

    January 30, 2013 4:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican conservatives are driving a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic budget cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It's a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the... more »
  • White House says Obama supports women in combat

    January 24, 2013 3:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says allowing women to serve in combat marks another step toward the country's founding ideals of fairness and equality. Obama says in a written statement he expressed strong support for the decision to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who lifted the combat ban Thursday. Obama says... more »
  • Military women could soon be in combat

    January 24, 2013 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce today that women will now be allowed to serve in combat roles. That presents a challenge for the Pentagon as military leaders will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men. ... more »
  • Judge: No TV broadcast of Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    January 3, 2013 3:03 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A military judge has denied a request to allow television broadcast coverage of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks. Defense lawyers requested TV coverage of proceedings at the U.S. base in Cuba. But the Defense Department... more »
  • 'Fiscal cliff' offers hint at more defense cuts

    December 5, 2012 7:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit. ... more »
  • Obama: 'Still time' to resolve Iran nuke dispute

    November 14, 2012 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says there is still time for the United States and Iran to resolve an impasse over Iran's nuclear program. Obama said at a news conference Wednesday that there should be a way for Iran to enjoy "peaceful nuclear power" while still meeting international obligations and... more »
  • Panetta: Don't jump to conclusions about Allen

    November 14, 2012 7:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is cautioning against concluding that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is guilty of misconduct based on allegations now under investigation. Panetta told reporters in Australia today that he is fully confident in Allen's ability to lead in Afghanistan. The... more »
  • Panetta: Aircraft not close to stop Libya attack

    November 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that the military did not have armed aircraft near Libya that could have helped defend against the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. In a letter to Republican Sen. John McCain... more »
  • Hearing airs sex crimes case against US general

    November 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. - U.S. Army prosecutors are charging a general with sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and a civilian. The first details of the charges filed in September emerged at a military justice hearing Monday for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair at Fort Bragg in North... more »
  • NATO: Afghanistan drawdown plans unchanged

    October 18, 2012 6:55 AM

    KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO says its drawdown plans for Afghanistan remain unchanged and that the coalition will stay on in the country until 2014, despite calls for a quicker withdrawal. Thursday's remarks by visiting Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen come amid speculation that the U.S.-led alliance could accelerate its departure... more »
  • 9/11 kin watch Gitmo hearings from Army bases

    October 15, 2012 10:45 AM

    NEW YORK - Military installations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland are welcoming families of 9/11 victims this week to watch pretrial hearings in Cuba for five men charged in the terrorist attacks. Seven family members were viewing the Guantanamo proceedings Monday via closed-circuit television at Fort Hamilton,... more »
  • Romney: Military strike on Iran may be unnecessary

    September 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    BOSTON - Mitt Romney says he doesn't believe military action will be necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Republican presidential nominee says he discussed the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) by telephone Friday afternoon. Romney later told reporters traveling with him that it's unclear... more »
  • Job fair gives vets fresh start Play Video

    September 25, 2012 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of veterans and active duty military attended a job fair at the Baton Rouge River Center today. Hiring Our Heroes is a national event aimed at helping veterans and active duty military transition into the workforce. Over 55 employers attended the event, looking for vets... more »
  • Ryan: Obama weak on defense in battleground Ohio

    September 24, 2012 4:21 PM

    LIMA, Ohio - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama's attempt to cut military spending is putting Americans at risk overseas. Ryan on Monday kicked off three days of campaigning in battleground Ohio by the GOP presidential ticket. Ryan campaigned in the town of Lima (LY'-muh) that's... more »
  • Iranian president dismisses war threats

    September 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    NEW YORK - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed threats of military action against Iran's nuclear program, asserting that its enrichment project is for peaceful purposes and disputing that the country is worried about Israel. Speaking to a group of editorial leaders on Monday, the first full day of his... more »
  • Vote to honor veterans Play Video

    September 19, 2012 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State. The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
  • 3 service members wounded, 1 missing in shooting

    July 20, 2012 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the U.S. Armed Forces were wounded in a movie theater shooting in Colorado and one is unaccounted for. The agency says a Navy sailor was injured and a male sailor who was at the theater early Friday morning cannot... more »
  • US panel: Improve child custody rules for military

    July 18, 2012 3:54 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws is looking to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt. The Uniform Law Commission is a group of some 350 attorneys appointed... more »
  • Obama thanks military at July Fourth celebration

    July 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is marking the Fourth of July by thanking service members and their families, who he said "represent what is best in America." The president, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, hosted a barbecue and concert Wednesday for the families on the White House South Lawn.... more »
  • Military: C-130 tankers to resume firefighting

    July 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    DENVER - The military says six Air Force tankers are resuming firefighting flights after a deadly crash of one tanker over the weekend. U.S. Northern Command says the flights will resume Tuesday. The entire fleet of eight planes was grounded after a C-130 crashed Sunday while fighting a wildfire in... more »
  • Wreckage in Alaska is plane from the 1950's

    June 27, 2012 7:48 PM

    The wreckage of a plane found on a glacier in Alaska is a military aircraft that went down in 1952, killing all 52 aboard. The military says it was a C-124A Globemaster and was found by the Alaska National Guard on Colony Glacier. A team from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command... more »

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