President Bush's call to build up the size of the Army and Marines confronts the military with a sizable challenge. The Army has lowered its standards to meet current recruiting goals and would have to lower them even more to meet a larger goal.
Sgt. Vic Blazier and his wife, Capt. Carla Blazier, were sent to war in 2003, leaving an infant and a toddler with a grandfather who died while the couple served in Iraq. The ex-Army reservists from Marion, Ohio, had become civilian soldiers out o
President Bush's secretary for Veterans Affairs said that "society would benefit" if this country were to bring back the military draft, and said it shouldn't have loopholes for anyone who is called to serve.
"Because Army personnel are trained for conventional warfare, they naturally want to kill the enemy," says national security analyst Ivan Eland. "But in counterinsurgency warfare, a premium must be put on providing security for the pop
Troops with bipolar and psychotic disorders cannot deploy into Iraq or Afghanistan but those recovering from traumatic stress disorders still can, under new defense guidelines released this week.
An Army lieutenant who refused to deploy to Iraq told supporters that he was only following his military oath by challenging an "illegal and immoral policy." First Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, faces a court-martial in February.
The insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan have thus far cost fewer U.S. lives than the Filipino insurgency of 1899-1902. Yet Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker warned Congress last week the U.S. Army "will break" without more troops.
The White House approved a $468.9 billion 2008 budget for the Pentagon, a 6% increase over last year's request. That violated the Pentagon's earlier agreement with the White House that war costs be funded through supplemental budgets.
The costliest international warplane project, the F-35 Lightning 2 Joint Strike Fighter, safely completed its first test flight, advancing a $276.5 billion program financed by the United States and eight other countries.
Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress are likely to drive U.S. military budgets even higher in 2007, experts say. This year's Pentagon budget is $436 billion. That amount does not include more than $140 billion that's being spen
Yesterday the Wall St. Journal's defense correspondent, Gregg Jaffe, reported that US Army officials have told the White House they are BROKE! Worse than broke actually. THE ARMY, DESPITE ITS $168 BILLION BUDGET, IS OUT OF MONEY!!
American people need to prepare for a long-duration war against radical Muslims who are set to fight for 50 to 100 years to create an Islamist state in the region. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark Schissler said the current strategy for fighting Islamists i
Ash said he repeatedly referred Kuecker to Truthout attorney Bill Simpich. Ash said in an interview that he is determined to resist any attempt by the US Army to compel him to testify against Watada or to provide the Army with any physical evidence i
The Army will press hard for "full access" to the 346,000-strong Army National Guard and the 196,000-strong Army Reserves by easing the Pentagon restrictions on the frequency and duration of involuntary call-ups for reservists, accor
Four years after the Coast Guard began an effort to replace nearly its entire fleet of ships, planes and helicopters, the modernization program heralded as a model of government innovation is foundering.
At Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Gates to be secretary of defense, I felt as though I were paying last respects to the Constitution of the United States. But there was none of the praise customarily
President Bush's nominee to be Pentagon inspector general has withdrawn from consideration, meaning the Defense Department likely will start a second year without its chief watchdog even as the military spends billions a month in Iraq.
The crowd is getting ugly. Soldiers roll up in a Hummer. Suddenly, the whole right half of your body is screaming in agony. You feel like you've been dipped in molten lava. You almost faint from shock and pain, but instead you stumble backwards -
U.S. criminal gangs have gained a foothold in the U.S. military and are using overseas deployments to spread tentacles around the globe, according to the FBI.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Robert Gates as defense secretary, with Democrats and Republicans portraying him as the man who will help overhaul President Bush's Iraq policies.
Even Democrats on the committee are saying Gates is a shoo-in barring an unexpected disclosure. But the likelihood of such a disclosure seems nil, with Gates the sole witness at his hearing.
Robert Gates won't be forced to run much of a gauntlet during his Senate confirmation hearing on the way to becoming the next secretary of defense. The former CIA director has bipartisan support. And during his interrogation, Washington's nea
The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended unanimously that Gates be confirmed as successor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after just a day of questioning the former CIA director, who said all options for stabilizing Iraq were on the table
Internal data such as information concerning US military operations in Iraq have recently been leaked to the Internet from a privately owned computer of an Air Self-Defense Force member loaded with a file sharing software, ASDF investigations have sh
The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating at least two video clips that appear to show American soldiers in an unfavorable light during contacts with Iraqi children. "Iraqi Kid Runs For Water" appears to show U.S. soldiers amusing the
A new video game commissioned by the US Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation's military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine. The new PC title, Future Force Company Commander, or F2C2, is a nifty God-game that puts players
Military engineers competed to come up with a solution to a problem US troops face daily in Iraq — how to stop civilian vehicles that blunder past checkpoints without destroying the vehicles or killing their occupants.
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. James Jones, said last week that calls he made to members in September for an additional 2,500 troops and more planes and helicopters for the Afghanistan mission had gone unanswered.
The US Marine Corps may need to grow to sustain commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan and remain ready for other crises, the force's new commander said. Conway said the Marines' present strength of around 180,000 troops was sufficient for peace
They've become a fixture in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, a new breed of unmanned aircraft operated with remote controls by "pilots" sitting in vitual cockpits many miles away. But the Air Force's Global Hawk has never flown