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Air Force Works to Extend Life of C-130 Fleet

The U.S. Air Force is working to extend the service life of its fleet of C-130 combat delivery aircraft by replacing center wing boxes on some of the planes and adding new avionics, electronics and instrumentation, service officials told Military​.com.

The modernization effort… Full Story


US Army General Killed in Afghan Insider Attack

A U.S. Army major general was shot and killed Tuesday by an Afghan soldier who opened fire with an automatic weapon during a visit to an Afghan training facility on the outskirts of Kabul, officials said.

As many as 15 other coalition… Full Story


Lawmakers Still Questioning Afghanistan Drawdown

The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

The White House says Afghanistan is… Full Story


Ukraine’s Leader: 1-Week Cease-Fire Starts Now

Ukrainian troops will start a unilateral, seven-day cease-fire later Friday as a first step in efforts to de-escalate the conflict with pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east, the president said.

President Petro Poroshenko made the announcement while speaking with residents… Full Story


For Biden, Iraq Crisis Offers Timely Vindication

As Iraq edges toward chaos, Joe Biden is having a quiet I-told-you-so moment.

In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq be divided into three semi-independent regions for Shiites,… Full Story


House Panel Pushes 1.8 Percent Troop Pay Raise

A U.S. House of Representatives panel voted for a 1.8 percent troop pay raise in fiscal 2015, though the boost is far from guaranteed.

The House Appropriations Committee, headed by Harold Rogers, R-Kentucky, on Tuesday passed its version of the defense spending… Full Story


Obama Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation From VA

President Obama on Friday accepted the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Obama said Shinseki offered his resignation to avoid being a “distraction” as the department works to make improvements following an ongoing scandal involving secret lists of veterans waiting to… Full Story


Army Supporting Prayer Day Despite Protest

The Army plans to support a National Day of Prayer event closely associated with an evangelical Christian organization despite a protest from a group that wants to crack down on what it calls fundamentalist Christian domination of the U.S. military.… Full Story


Russia: No Military Moves Planned Against Ukraine

Russia’s defense chief assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday that Russian forces along Ukraine’s eastern border have no intention of crossing into Ukrainian territory.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Hagel discussed Ukraine with Defense Minister… Full Story


New Threat, different from the Cold War Era

Russia’s military maneuvers in Crimea have left U.S. analysts questioning what sort of threat the former Cold War military giant’s forces, platforms and weaponry currently present.

Russian leaders have pushed to expand the military’s conventional land, air and sea forces… Full Story