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Rowan Scarborough

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Marine Corp Commandant Gen. James Amos salutes during a Dignified Transfer for the remains of three Marines, Monday, June 23, 2014, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Marines died June 20, Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H., and Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Semper Lie: Marine Corps Commandant James Amos padded resume

The Marine Corps is acknowledging that the retiring commandant, Gen. James Amos, did not attend the Corps' officers training school, though he told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a signed resume that he had graduated in 1972. Published October 14, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at a new conference at the Tolemaida military base in Melgar, Colombia, Oct. 10, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hagel: Climate change will put strain on U.S. military

The Pentagon on Monday released an alarming new war plan to combat climate change, saying it will "likely lead" to food and water shortages, pandemic disease and overall destruction. Published October 14, 2014

The Turkish military is fortifying its border as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State group in Kobani, which has been under attack for weeks. (Associated Press)

Islamic State withstands bombing campaign, plots Baghdad invasion

The Islamic State holds just about the same number of towns in Iraq today as it did two months ago, when the U.S. began a bombing campaign to whittle down the terrorist army and support Iraqi ground troops trying to retake territory. Published October 5, 2014

U.S. military limits warplanes used for Islamic State bombings

The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region for its air war against the Islamic State, as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces that happened in previous campaigns. Published September 28, 2014

ready, aim, fire: Hours before an American-led military coalition pounded Islamic State strongholds in Syria, the Obama administration informed President Bashar Assad of its plans. (U.S. Navy via Associated Press)

NSA intercepts key to locating, bombing new al Qaeda group in Syria

The U.S. ability to pinpoint with airstrikes the operational hubs of the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group in Syria and penetrate one of its bombing plots shows the importance of the much-maligned National Security Agency, defense analysts said Tuesday. Published September 23, 2014

Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (left), commander of the U.S. Central Command, had wanted to be more aggressive in using ground troops in Iraq but did not win his superiors' or the White House's OK. (Associated Press)

CENTCOM leader sought ground troops in Iraq

The top U.S. commander for the war against the Islamic State wanted to insert air controllers on the ground in Iraq to help warplanes locate targets, but he was discouraged by higher-ups. Published September 16, 2014

Syrians inspect the rubble of a damaged house following a Syrian government airstrike in the city of Raqqa. In order to assist with uprooting the Islamic State, President Obama may need to up U.S. airstrikes and target specifically the terror group's leaders. (associated press)

Military strikes must target terror group leaders

President Obama's monthlong, limited air war against the Islamic State so far has spared assassination strikes on its leaders, a policy that experts say must be reversed if the White House now plans to destroy the American-killing terrorist group. Published September 7, 2014